|George Peter DeBoer
Born: 6.13.68 Windsor, Ontario
DeBoer is a pretty modern NHL coach, you could say, when it comes to the Xs and Os (or a hybrid, if
you will), but he's one that expects 100% effort every night, every shift.
So why were people still nervous about this hiring?
OH, RIGHT! BECAUSE HE COACHED THE PANTHERS! I don't care if they never made the playoffs
under him. That's the poorest excuse anyone can give. He got the most out of a team that had a bunch of
no-names on them. Those that remembered watching any Panthers game against the Devils in his 3
seasons there know that it was never an easy game.
And then, there's the stories about how he's butted heads with some of his veterans. Who you gonna
believe in stories of his effectiveness? Your eyes or Tomas Vokoun?
And he did win on the junior level. For a LONG time. Thus, he was considered the pick of the litter back
in 2008 among the incoming NHL coaches. And he was still pretty young at the time; he definitely could
provide some stability in the job.
After he was fired from Florida, people wondered (myself included) what could he do with a team with
more talent. Well, he helped get them 2 wins away from a Stanley Cup in his first season.
The departure of Zach Parise from the team was evident in each subsequent season for DeBoer, and a
myriad of other reasons also contributed to the slide. But fans wanted to blame solely him for the
problems, anyway. (Idiots.) Yeah, it's never the players' fault. (gives eye rolls) Even Jaromir Jagr, after
DeBoer was fired after Christmas, 2014, said that the coach wasn't the problem.
DeBoer entered the 15-16 season as the headman on the San Jose Sharks' bench, and magic was
worked again. Talk about deja vu... even falling behind in the series to the Pens, and mounting a bit of a
comeback before losing out in Game 6.
|Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
|Playoff Statistics with the Franchise