Peter DeBoer
Peter DeBoer was named the eighth head coach in Sharks franchise history on May 28, 2015.
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Peter DeBoer has been named the eighth head coach in Sharks franchise history on May 28, 2015. In keeping with club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed. 

This season will mark DeBoer’s 21st consecutive season as a head coach, serving at both the NHL and Canadian Hockey League levels.

“Peter is a well-respected leader who possesses all of the characteristics we were looking for in our next head coach,” said Wilson. “He’s an extremely intelligent and innovative individual who likes to play an aggressive system. Peter has a track record of extracting the most out of his players and is willing to make tough decisions that are based on achieving team success. We’re extremely excited to have him leading our group.”

“It’s an honor and privilege to have the opportunity to coach the San Jose Sharks,” said DeBoer. “The Sharks have one of the most energetic buildings in the NHL and I am looking forward to the opportunity to roll up my sleeves and get to work with this group."

"I am pleased to see an experienced head coach taking over,” said Sharks Majority Owner Hasso Plattner. “With Peter on board, we can now concentrate on reinforcing our team for the next season and securing the future through the draft."

Peter DeBoer was named the head coach of the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday, July 19, 2011 by Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello. DeBoer is coming off a three-year stint as coach of the Florida Panthers. He never earned a playoff berth in his three seasons behind the bench and finished with 103-107-36 record over that span. The Panthers haven't qualified for the playoffs since 1999-2000.

DeBoer,  spent the last three-plus seasons as head coach of the New Jersey Devils. In 2011-12, after finishing with 102 points and a 48-28-6 record, he led the team to the Stanley Cup Final, alongside current Sharks Director of Player Development Larry Robinson, who served as assistant coach on DeBoer’s staff.

Entering the 2012 playoffs as the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference, DeBoer’s Devils defeated the Southeast Division Champion Florida Panthers in double-overtime of Game 7 in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, knocked off the Philadelphia Flyers in five games in the semi-finals and bested the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference’s top-seeded New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference Finals. The Devils fell to the eventual Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings in six games.

During his seven year tenure with Kitchener, DeBoer earned 297 wins with a .676 winning percentage, while guiding his club to the 2003 Memorial Cup title. This past season, DeBoer earned his 500th OHL win, joining only five other OHL coaches to reach this milestone. Throughout his tenure in junior hockey he has coached a number of current NHL players as well as Panthers C Stephen Weiss (Plymouth), LW Gregory Campbell (Kitchener) and Panthers prospect LW Mike Duco (Kitchener). The Dunnville, Ontario native has amassed 539 OHL wins while coaching the Detroit Whalers (1995-97), Plymouth Whalers (1997-2001) and the Kitchener Rangers (2001-08), earning OHL Coach of the Year honors in 1999 and 2000. DeBoer was also named the 2000 Canadian Hockey League Coach of the Year. He was also a member of the coaching staff on Team Canada’s 2005 Gold Medal winning junior team. DeBoer, a 12th round selection of the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1988, played two seasons professionally with the Milwaukee Admirals (IHL). He holds a law degree from the University of Windsor/University of Detroit. Peter and his wife Susan, have one daughter Abigail and two sons Jack and Matthew.