The Philadelphia Flyers announced today that they have hired Scott Gordon as head coach of their American Hockey League affiliate, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, according to general manager Ron Hextall. In addition, Hextall announced that Riley Cote will return as an Assistant Coach of the Phantoms.
“We are extremely pleased to add Scott to our organization as head coach of our top affiliate in the Lehigh Valley,” said Hextall. “He brings in a proven track record of success and knowledge as a coach at all levels, and we are confident he can help develop our prospects through our system, as well as lead the Phantoms back to the Calder Cup playoffs.”
Gordon, 52 (2/6/1963), most recently served as an assistant coach with the Toronto Maple Leafs for three seasons (2011 to 2014) under Ron Wilson (2011-12) and Randy Carlyle (2012-2014). Prior to joining the Maple Leafs, Gordon spent parts of three seasons as the head coach of the New York Islanders from 2008 to 2010 where he compiled a record of 64-94-23 in 181 regular season games.
Gordon was hired by the Islanders after parts of six seasons with the Providence Bruins of the AHL where he had a 221-141-20-27 record in 409 games. He led the Bruins to the Calder Cup Playoffs in five of his six seasons behind the bench. In his final season with Providence, Gordon led the Bruins to a 55-18-7 record and a league-leading 117 points during the regular season. He was the recipient of the Louis A. R. Pieri Memorial Award, presented to the AHL’s Coach of the Year following that season.
Prior to coaching in the AHL, Gordon was head coach of the Roanoke Express of the East Coast Hockey League and led the team to consecutive first-place finishes in their division while compiling an 82-42-16 overall regular season record.
A native of Brockton, Mass., Gordon has served as head coach of the Men’s U.S. National team in 2010 and 2011, while also serving as assistant coach of Team USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver which took home a silver medal. In addition, Gordon also represented the United States in the 1992 Winter Olympics as a goaltender.
Gordon played four seasons at Boston College (1982-86) recording a 64-35-3 record while helping lead the Eagles to the 1985 NCAA Frozen Four. He was named a Hockey East First-Team All-Star in 1986 and helped the team finish in first place in the ECAC East Region in 1983-84 before leading them to first place finishes in the Hockey East in 1984-85 and 1985-86.
Following his collegiate career, Gordon appeared in 23 career regular season games, all with the Quebec Nordiques, from 1989-91. He is also the first graduate of the ECHL to play in the NHL.
Cote, 33 (3/16/1982), enters his sixth season as assistant coach with the Phantoms after being named to the position on Aug. 9, 2010. He spent parts of four seasons with the Flyers, appearing in 156 regular season games from 2006 to 2010, recording seven points (1g-6a) to go along with 411 penalty minutes. He led the Flyers in penalty minutes in 2007-08 (202) and again in 2008-09 (174).
Cote also played three seasons with the Flyers’ AHL affiliate, the Philadelphia Phantoms from 2004-07, recording 20 points (8g-12a) in 168 games and was a member of the 2005 Calder Cup Championship team.
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