The 2015-2016 NHL Hockey season is almost upon us. This year the San Jose Sharks will begin with a new coach: Peter DeBoer. Peter is an experienced head coach, spending time in both the CHL and NHL. During his tenure with the New Jersey Devils, he had a record of 114-93-41 in 248 games. His winning record ranks second to Jacques Lamaire. In the 2011-2012 Season DeBoer coached the team to the Stanley Cup Final. Will Peter take the Sharks all the way? We certainly hope so. He has already stated a team captain will be designated.
In comparison, here are the starting season records for the previous San Jose Sharks Coaches.
George Kingston (1991-1992) – The season was interrupted by league-wide players strike on 4-1 thru 4-11. The team didn’t qualify for play-offs. No players earned end of year awards.
Jim Wiley (1995-1996) - His year ended with a 17-37-3 record after taking over for Kevin Constantine partway through the season. Sharks made it to semi-finals of play-offs but lost to Detroit. No year-end awards given out to any Sharks players.
Al Sims (1996-1997) - led the team to a 27-42-8 record. San Jose did not qualify for play-offs. The All-Star Game was in San Jose, with Owen Nolan & Tony Granato representing the home team. Owen scored a hat trick, the third goal scored after Owen pointed to the net. Tony received the Bill Masterton Memorial Award.
Darryl Sutter (1997-1998) – coached the tram to a 34-38-10 record. The team made the play-offs but lost in quarter-finals to Dallas. No one awarded any hardware at end of year. Darryl won the Stanley Cup with Los Angeles Kings twice after leaving San Jose.
Ron Wilson (2002-2003) - led the team to a 28-37-9 record. The team did not qualify for play-offs and no one earned any awards at the end of the season.
Todd McLellan (2008-2009) - coached the team to a 53-18-11 record. The Sharks had one of the best turn-arounds in NHL history. The team won the President’s Trophy as NHL team with best regular season record but lost in quarter finals to Anaheim. Todd Signed with Edmonton as Head Coach for the 2015-2016 season.
Peter DeBoer SJ Sharks Coach Annoucement:
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