The Mississippi RiverKings named Derek Landmesser Head Coach/Director of Hockey Operations on August 1st, 2011, making him the 13th head coach in franchise history.
A former Mississippi RiverKings captain and veteran defenseman, Landmesser returns for his 15th season with the Mid-South's professional hockey team. He's in his fifth season as Head Coach as the franchise enters its 24th season.
Derek’s playing resume includes a CHL Championship with the then Memphis RiverKings in 2002-03.
Among Landmesser's career highlights was his selection as the CHL’s most outstanding defenseman after the 2000-01 season. He was also a three-time all-CHL team selection, after the 2004-05, 2005-06, and 2006-07 seasons.
RiverKings' career records held by Landmesser include: season points by a defenseman (81, 2005-06), season plus-minus (+59, 2000-01), career regular season games played (627), career assists (462) and career points (563).
Derek also celebrated a milestone in 2010-11, playing in his 900th career regular season game in professional hockey. He finished his playing career with 932 games played.
Landmesser led the RiverKings in assists in six of his last eight seasons and led team blue liners in points in each of his last eight seasons.
On November 21, 2009 against Missouri, Landmesser recorded his 400th career CHL assist, becoming the 10th CHL player to reach that achievement. He also notched his 500th career CHL point on January 29, 2010 against the Wichita Thunder.
Derek was also the RiverKings' representative in the CHL All-Star Game that year played in Laredo, Texas, his seventh All-Star appearance. He scored seven points (one goal, six assists) in CHL All-Star play.
In 2009-10, Landmesser was named a defenseman on the CHL All-Decade team.
The Thunder Bay, Ontario native started his professional career in 1996 with his hometown team, the Thunder Cats, who played in the Colonial Hockey League and moved to the United Hockey League. In addition to playing in Memphis/Mississippi, Landmesser's playing career included stops in Manitoba (IHL), Rockford (UHL), Muskegon (UHL), along with three games in the American Hockey League with the Toronto Marlies.
On September 14, 2015, the RiverKings announced that they will retire Landmesser’s number 55 in a pregame ceremony on Friday, November 6, 2015. His jersey will be the third number retired by the RiverKings organization and it will take its place in the rafters next to Scott Brower’s 31 and Don Parsons’ 13.