VEGAS (January 28, 2020) - Vegas Golden Knights General Manager Kelly McCrimmon announced today, January 28, that the team has hired Steve Spott as an assistant coach.
Spott joins the Golden Knights after most recently serving under Peter DeBoer with the San Jose Sharks organization from 2015-19. In that time, Spott helped guide the Sharks to a record of 198-129-34 and an appearance in the 2016 Stanley Cup Final.
Prior to working with the Sharks, Spott spent the 2014-15 season as an assistant coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs. As a native of Toronto, he spent the previous two seasons with the Maple Leafs' American Hockey League (AHL) team, the Toronto Marlies. As head coach of the Marlies during the 2013-14 season, Spott led the team to a record of 45-25-2-4 and a Northern Division title.
Before his time in Toronto, Spott coached in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) with both the Kitchener Rangers and the Plymouth Whalers. He spent four total seasons under DeBoer with the Whalers before they joined Kitchener in 2001. Spott spent his first seven seasons in Kitchener as an assistant under DeBoer.
Following DeBoer's departure to the NHL in 2008, Spott was hired as both Kitchener's head coach and general manager. In five seasons as head coach, Spott helped the Rangers to a record of 187-121-32, including two appearances in the Western Conference Final.
Internationally, Spott helped Team Canada win the gold medal as an assistant coach at the under-18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament in the summer of 2008. He also won a silver medal as an assistant with Team Canada at the World Junior Hockey Championships in 2010. In 2011, he led Canada to a gold medal as head coach of the under-18 team at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in the Czech Republic. Spott was also head coach of Team Canada during the 2013 World Junior Hockey Championships in Russia.
Spott played hockey at Colgate University in New York from 1986-90. During his time at Colgate, he recorded 75 goals and 73 assists, for 148 points total.
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