Peter DeBoer – Head Coach
Introduced as Devils’ head coach July 19, 2011; led club to 2012 Stanley Cup Finals in his first-ever NHL post-season appearance...With 102 victories, is the second-winningest coach in franchise history behind J. Lemaire (276); passed D. Carpenter with 101st win Apr. 5, 2014...Spent three seasons as head coach with Florida after being named to position June 13, 2008...Compiled a 103-107-36 mark behind the Panthers’ bench, and led the team to its then second-best finish ever at 41-30- 11=93pts in 2008-09...Served as a head coach for 19 consecutive seasons, including 13 years in the Ontario Hockey League with Kitchener (2001-08), Plymouth (1997-2001) and Detroit (1995- 97)...During his seven seasons with the OHL Rangers, compiled 297 wins and a .676 winning percentage, while leading the club to the 2003 Memorial Cup Championship and 2008 OHL Championship...Led the Whalers to the league’s best record in both 1998-99 and 1999-00, and the Rangers to the best record in 2002-03 and 2007-08...Named OHL’s Coach of the Year in 1999 and 2000, while also being honored as the Canadian Hockey League’s Coach of the Year in 2000...Totaled 539 victories overall as an OHL coach, and in 2007 became one of just six coaches in league history to reach the 500-wins mark...Began his coaching career in 1994-95 as an assistant with the OHL’s Detroit Junior Red Wings...Served as an assistant coach for Team Canada at the 2014 and 2010 World Championships...Also a member of the coaching staff for Gold Medal-winning Team Canada at the 2005 World Junior Championships and served as an assistant coach at the 1998 World Junior tourney...Part of the coaching staff for the 2007 Canada-Russia Super Series...A center, was selected by Toronto in the 12th round, 237th overall, of the 1988 NHL Entry Draft and played professionally for two seasons with the International Hockey League’s Milwaukee Admirals...Holds a law degree from the University of Windsor/University of Detroit...Participates in the Ontario-based Smilezone Foundation Golf Tournament to assist children’s healthcare facilities; organized a Hurricane Sandy charity game in Nov. 2012...Born June 13, 1968 in Dunnville, Ont. and played four seasons at Windsor (OHL)...He and his wife, Susan, have one daughter, Abigail, and two sons, Jack and Matthew.
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