Sharks fire Pete DeBoer as coach

Curtis Pashelka, The Mercury News on

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Pete DeBoer, the only coach to take the Sharks to a Stanley Cup Final, has been fired by the team, multiple sources confirmed.

According to Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet, Bob Boughner is taking over as DeBoer's replacement.

Per Pierre LeBrun of TSN and The Athletic, the Sharks' decision to fire DeBoer was a hockey decision. DeBoer had this year and next year left on his contract at a salary of $3 million per season.

According to multiple reports, assistant coaches Steve Spott and Johan Hedberg have also been let go by the team, although that information could not be immediately confirmed.

DeBoer had a record of 198-129-34 in 361 games over four-plus seasons with the Sharks, who made the Stanley Cup Final in 2016. The Sharks, though, have started this season with a 15-16-2 record, and just finished a four-game road trip at 0-3-1. The Sharks entered Wednesday in sixth place in the Pacific Division, five points out of a playoff spot.

The Sharks made the playoffs in each of DeBoer's four seasons, as the team also advanced to the Western Conference Final last season before they lost to eventual Cup champion St. Louis in six games.


Boughner spent the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons as DeBoer's assistant before he was hired at the Florida Panthers' head coach in 2017. Boughner was brought back to be an assistant with DeBoer after he was fired by the Panthers in April.

The Sharks were expected to be a playoff contender again this season after the team signed two-time Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson to an eight-year, $92 million contract extension in June.

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