San Jose Sharks name Bob Boughner head coach


The San Jose Sharks announced Tuesday that Bob Boughner has been named the ninth head coach in franchise history after serving as interim head coach for 37 games during the 2019-20 season.Boughner, 49, took over as interim head coach in December 2019 after the team sacked Peter DeBoer and went 14-20-3. Under Boughner, San Jose went 13-2-1 allowing two goals or less and had the NHL’s best shooting percentage (85.7%), with an improvement in their goals against by 60 minutes from 29th ( 3.42) at T-15e. (3.03) and their odds scoring odds against the move from 30th (4.90) to 8th (3.16).

He joined the Sharks coaching staff before the 2019-20 season as an assistant coach after spending two seasons as head coach of the Florida Panthers. Boughner previously served as an assistant coach for the Sharks from 2015 to 2017 and spent a stint behind the bench with the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2010-11.

The Sharks have also named Rocky Thompson as an associate coach and John Madden as an assistant coach.

“Bob did a tremendous job last season, bringing our group back to the game with an identity and structure that we need to be successful,” said Sharks general manager Doug Wilson. “We saw a marked improvement in our game in several key areas in the second half of the season, before losing some key players to injury.

“We are also very happy to add Rocky and John to our team. Both have a wealth of experience, both in the game and as teachers and leaders. With a healthy and motivated group of players, we are confident that these staff will do a tremendous job leading our group in the years to come. “


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