SAN JOSE - San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) General Manager Doug Wilson and Head Coach Peter DeBoer announced today that Steve Spott will serve as the second assistant coach on DeBoer’s staff.
Spott, 47, most recently spent the 2014-15 season as an assistant coach for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
“I’m excited to work with Steve again,” said DeBoer. “We have a great relationship and he has grown significantly as a coach in the seven years since we last worked together. We are very fortunate he was available.”
A native of Toronto, Ont., Spott spent two seasons with the Maple Leafs organization, serving as the head coach of the Maple Leafs American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate Toronto Marlies in 2013-14. He led the team to a record of 45-25-2-4, winning the North Division title and earning a spot in the Western Conference Final, where the Marlies fell in seven games to the eventual Calder Cup-winning Texas Stars.
Prior to his time with the Toronto organization, Spott coached in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) with both the Kitchener Rangers and the Plymouth Whalers. He was hired by Plymouth in 1997 and spent four seasons on DeBoer’s staff as an assistant/associate coach, before both he and DeBoer joined Kitchener in 2001. Spott spent his first seven seasons in Kitchener as an assistant coach under DeBoer, helping lead the Rangers to the 2003 Memorial Cup championship.
Spott was hired as Kitchener’s head coach and general manager in 2008 following DeBoer’s departure to the NHL. In five seasons, Spott guided the Rangers to a record of 187-121-32, four playoff berths and two trips to the Western Conference Final.
Spott also boasts significant international coaching experience. In the summer of 2008, he was an assistant coach with Team Canada at the under-18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament, helping Canada win the gold medal. In 2010, he won a silver medal as an assistant coach with Team Canada at the World Junior Hockey Championships in Saskatchewan. The following year he led Canada to a gold medal as head coach of the under-18 team at the 2011 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in the Czech Republic. Spott was also appointed head coach of Team Canada at the 2013 World Junior Hockey Championships in Ufa, Russia.
During his playing career, Spott registered 148 points (75 goals, 73 assists) in 121 games as a forward at Colgate University. He would go on to play 20 games for the Newmarket Saints of the AHL before finishing his playing career with Heerenveen in the Netherlands.