Peter DeBoer was named the 10th head coach of the Florida Panthers on June 13, 2008. During his first year behind the bench he guided Florida to a 41-30-11 mark, their second best record in the team’s 15-year playing history. He kept the Panthers in playoff contention until the 81st game of the season, a stretch that saw the club sit as low as 30th overall in the league towards the end of November and as high as fifth in the Eastern Conference at the beginning of March. DeBoer coached his first NHL game Oct. 10 at Carolina and earned his first NHL win Oct. 11 in a 3-2 victory over Atlanta at the BankAtlantic Center
Prior to joining the Panthers, DeBoer, 40, guided the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) to a 53-11-0-4 mark during the 2007-08 season, claiming the OHL Championship.
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.