FRISCO, Texas – Director General of Dallas Stars Jim Nill announced his recruitment today Pete DeBoer as the head coach of the team. DeBoer will become the 25th head coach in franchise history and the 10th head coach in Dallas Stars history.
“Pete brings a lot of experience to our locker room and we are happy to call him his next head coach,” Nill said. “Every team he has taken over has not only shown an immediate improvement, but has also been extremely competitive in the Stanley Cup playoffs. In his 14 years, he has led five teams to the conference finals and two of them to Stanley Cup finals. shows the high standards he has set and his ability to keep his team playing at that level. We are pleased to welcome Pete and his family to Dallas. ”
DeBoer, 54, will join Stars after spending three seasons as head coach at the Golden Knights in Vegas. Hired in the middle of the 2019-2020 season, DeBoer set a 15-5-2 record in 22 main season games and took the Golden Knights 2020 Western Conference Finals against the Stars. During his time in Vegas, DeBoer earned a record high of 0.650 points for the main season’s 98-50-12 record. He led Vegas in two of his three campaigns to the club in the off-season, recording 22:17 in 39 off-season games and reaching the semifinals of both the 2020 and 2021 Stanley Cup playoffs.
“In recent seasons, I’ve seen with my own eyes what Stars is building with dynamic young players and established leaders,” DeBoer said. “The opportunity to become the next head coach of this team was an opportunity I could not miss. I would like to thank Tom Gaglardi and Jim Nill for the opportunity to help guide this team as we work together to bring another Stanley Cup to Dallas.
Dunnville-born Ontario has a record of 513-379-123 in 1015 games played in 14 NHL seasons in Vegas, San Jose, New Jersey and Florida. Since joining the league in 2008-2009, DeBoer ranks sixth in terms of wins and second in guided games. In the post-season game, DeBoer has led three different franchises to the Stanley Cup playoffs and reached the Stanley Cup final twice, first in New Jersey (2012) and then in San Jose (2016). He has a record of 123-55 in 123 post-season competitions and has been fifth in terms of winnings and supervised play-offs since 2008-2009. During the 2021 Stanley Cup playoffs, DeBoer became the first coach in league history to win his first five matches in Game 7 and has a record of 6: 0 in Game 7.
Prior to his stay in Vegas, DeBoer served as head coach for San Jose for five seasons (2015-2019), reaching a record 198: 129: 34 in 361 regular season games. He qualified for the Stanley Cup playoffs in the fourth of his five campaigns with Sharks and helped the team advance to the first Stanley Cup final in the 2015-2016 season. DeBoer spent four seasons (2011-14) as the bench jersey in New Jersey, reaching a record 114-93-41 in the 248 main season races and reaching the Stanley Cup final in his first campaign in 2011-12. In addition, he served as head coach in Florida for three seasons (2008-2011), scoring 103: 107: 36 in 246 regular season games.
His extensive head coaching CV includes 13 seasons in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) behind the bench, capturing the 2003 Memorial Cup Championship with Kitchener and two OHL championship titles (2003, 2008). DeBoer won the OHL Coach of the Year Award with Plymouth in 1999 and 2000 and the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) Coach of the Year Award in 2000. He is one of eight coaches in OHL history to reach the plateau of 500 victories (539). and is in eighth place in the all-time OHL victory.
DeBoer has represented the Canadian team several times in the international arena, winning gold medals for his country at the 2015 IIHF World Championships and the 2005 Junior World Championships. He has coached at four IIHF World Championships (2010, 2011, 2014, 2015), two Junior World Championships (1998, 2005) and the 2007 Canada-Russia Super Series.
Prior to his coaching career, he selected the Toronto Maple Leafs for the 12th round of the 1988 NHL (237th overall) and played two seasons of professional hockey for the IHL Milwaukee Admirals.
DeBoer and his wife Susan have one daughter, Abigail, and two sons, Jack and Matthew.
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