By: Joe Lami
The San Jose Sharks announced on Monday the newest edition to their coaching staff, Steve Spott. Spott joins Bob Boughener and Johan Hedberg to make up Peter Deboer’s assistant coaches.
Spott has previous experience with Deboer, as they worked together for 11 years in the Ontario Hockey League in both Kitchener and Plymouth. The two helped bring the 2003 Memorial Cup Championship to Kitchener. When Deboer left the Rangers in 2008 for the NHL, Spott took over as head coach and general manager.
Deboer commented on their past, “I’m excited to work with Steve again. We have a great relationship and he has grown significantly as a coach in the even years since we last worked together. We are very fortunate that he was available”.
Spott most recently coached in Toronto, as he served as an assistant coach last season for the Leafs. Before that, he was the head coach for the Toronto Marlies, the Leafs’ American League affiliate, in which he boasted a 45-25-2-4 record.
Spott also brings international experience to the Sharks, as he has extensive experience working with Canada’s under-18 teams as both an assistant and head coach. His highlights include winning the 2008 and 2011 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament and finishing second in the 2010 World Junior Championship.
Spott had been rumored to be brought on the Sharks’ staff for quite some time now. His hiring fills up the final assistant coaching spot the Sharks were looking for.