Seven years after they last coached together in the Ontario Hockey League, Steve Spott and Peter DeBoer will reunite behind the San Jose Sharks bench this season.
The Sharks announced on Monday that Spott will join DeBoer’s staff as an assistant coach.
“I’m excited to work with Steve again,” said DeBoer in a statement. “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.”
Spott spent last season as an assistant coach with the Toronto Maple Leafs after guiding the AHL’s Toronto Marlies to the Western Conference final during the 2013-14 season.
Prior to joining the Leafs’ organization, Spott coached in the OHL with both the Kitchener Rangers and the Plymouth Whalers.
The 47-year-old joined Plymouth in 1997 and spent four seasons on DeBoer’s staff as an assistant coach, before they both moved to Kitchener in 2001. Spott spent his first seven seasons in Kitchener as an assistant coach under DeBoer, helping the Rangers win a Memorial Cup in 2003.
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The San Jose Sharks officially named Pete DeBoer the club’s head coach on Thursday and are now in the process of finding assistants for the 46-year-old.
According to Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun, the Sharks have been granted permission from the Toronto Maple to speak with former assistant coach Steve Spott.
Spott and DeBoer have a history together dating back to their Ontario Hockey League days with both the Plymouth Whalers and Kitchener Rangers. Spott served as an assistant to DeBoer in both organizations before taking over as head coach of the Rangers when DeBoer took his first NHL coaching job in Florida.
Spott joined the Leafs organization as the head coach of the Toronto Marlies in 2013 and coached the AHL club to a 45-25-6 record during his only season behind the bench.
The 47-year-old was promoted and joined Randy Carlyle’s staff as an assistant coach for the 2014-15 season.
Spott was fired as part of the Leafs’ house cleaning in April.
While the Buffalo Sabres, Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings appear front-runners in the Mike Babcock sweepstakes, the San Jose Sharks are interested in Pete DeBoer.
According to hockey insider Darren Dreger, the Sharks are hoping to give DeBoer a second interview.
The 46-year-old is also believed to be on the Edmonton Oilers radar.
DeBoer coached the New Jersey Devils to a 12-17-7 record before being fired in December. He is currently an assistant on former Sharks’ coach Todd McLellan’s staff with Team Canada at the World Hockey Championship.
Dreger reports that Dan Bylsma, Randy Carlyle and Dave Lowry are also in the mix for the San Jose vacancy.