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Peter DeBoer
New Jersey Devils - Head Coach

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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.

Prior to his work in the NHL, DeBoer, 43, guided the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) to a 53-11-0-4 claiming the OHL Championship, before falling to the Spokane Chiefs in the Memorial Cup finals. DeBoer’s Kitchener club held the No. 1 spot as the top junior team in Canada for 15 weeks.

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.

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