Saturday August 29, 2015
By Josh Sweetland/OHL
After several years apart, one of the most successful coaching tandems in recent OHL history is back together again.
Peter DeBoer and Steve Spott, who together have coached to four Hamilton Spectator Trophies (1999, 2000, 2003, 2008), a pair of OHL Championships (2003, 2008) and a MasterCard Memorial Cup crown (2003) will man the bench in sunny San Jose, California.
The San Jose Sharks named Peter DeBoer the club’s eighth head coach in franchise history on May 28th and it didn’t take long for the 46 year-old two-time OHL Coach of the Year to name his assistants. DeBoer brought in Windsor Spitfires president and head coach Bob Boughner on July 2nd, and announced that Spott would be joining his staff as an assistant on August 24th.
DeBoer joins the Sharks after coaching parts of four seasons with the New Jersey Devils dating back to 2011, a tenure that included an appearance in the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals as New Jersey fell to the Los Angeles Kings in six games.
The Dunnville, ON, native remains eighth on the OHL’s all-time coaching wins list with 539 career regular season victories over 13 seasons.
The reunion of DeBoer and Spott, who spent 10 seasons behind the bench together with the Plymouth Whalers and the Kitchener Rangers, is one DeBoer is looking forward to.
“I’m excited to work with Steve again,” DeBoer told SanJoseSharks.com. “We have a great relationship and he has grown significantly as a coach in the seven years since we last worked together. We are very fortunate he was available.”
Most recently, Spott was serving as an assistant coach with the Toronto Maple Leafs after one season as the head coach of the AHL affiliate Toronto Marlies. He was the head coach and general manager of the Kitchener Rangers for five seasons following DeBoer’s departure to coach the Florida Panthers in 2008.
Perhaps their most notable accomplishment together was winning the 2003 MasterCard Memorial Cup in Ottawa with an OHL Champion Rangers team that featured star talent in Derek Roy, Mike Richards and Gregory Campbell.
DeBoer and Spott won an OHL title together again in 2008, but the MasterCard Memorial Cup host Rangers fell in the championship game to the Spokane Chiefs.
Together, the two have contributed to the development of such NHL talent as Stephen Weiss, David Legwand, Nazem Kadri and Mikkel Boedker.
DeBoer, Spott and Bob Boughner, who coached the Windsor Spitfires to back-to-back MasterCard Memorial Cup crowns in 2009 and 2010 will look to bring the Sharks back into contention after the team missed out on the playoffs last season for the first time since 2003.
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