Tuesday: The Golden Knights have made the hiring official, announcing that Spott has joined DeBoer’s staff. The team’s release acknowledges the important role that Spott played in DeBoer’s successful tenure with the rival San Jose Sharks and they can only hope that the duo find more success in Las Vegas.
Saturday: When the Vegas Golden Knights shook up their coaching staff earlier this month, they let both head coach Gerard Gallant and assistant coach Mike Kelly go. At the time, they only replaced Gallant with new bench boss Peter DeBoer. It appears that Vegas has filled their other vacancy as Ken Boehlke of SinBin.Vegas reports that veteran assistant Steve Spott will join the team following the bye week.
Spott is no stranger to working with DeBoer as he was with him in San Jose before they shook up their coaching staff last month. On top of that, the two worked together from 2002-2008 with the Kitchener Rangers of the OHL; when DeBoer left to begin his NHL coaching career, Spott took over as the head coach of the Rangers.
Before joining San Jose in 2015, Spott spent two seasons with Toronto – one as the head coach of the AHL Marlies and one as an assistant with the Maple Leafs. He has experience coaching both forwards and defense from his time with the Sharks and that type of coaching versatility is something that is certainly desirable and likely had a role in him only being out of a job for roughly six weeks.