Sharks retain coach Larry Robinson, expand his role

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The San Jose Sharks have confirmed the recent reports that Hall of Fame defenseman Larry Robinson will stay on as an associate coach. They also given him another title.

Robinson is now the team’s director of player development. As the name implies, he’ll be responsible for guiding the Sharks’ players and prospects in addition to his previous duties under head coach Todd McLellan.

Player development is always crucial for obvious reasons, but it’s particularly important right now as the Sharks want to give bigger opportunities to their young players next season.

In Robinson, the Sharks have a man with a wealth of hockey knowledge and a history of postseason success. He won the Stanley Cup six times as a player. He also won the Cup in 2000 as the New Jersey Devils’ bench boss and was an assistant coach when the Devils won it all in 1995 and 2003.

“Larry is one of the most respected minds in hockey and we are thrilled to continue having him involved with our organization,” said Sharks GM Doug Wilson.