Peter DeBoer’s coaching staff in Dallas is starting to take shape. The Stars announced that they’ve hired Steve Spott and Alain Nasreddine as assistant coaches, joining goalie coach Jeff Reese and video coach Kelly Forbes behind the bench.
Spott is no stranger to DeBoer as the two have worked together many times in the past. That includes their days back in the OHL in the late 1990s when Spott was DeBoer’s assistant first with Plymouth and then with Kitchener several years later. Once DeBoer took over behind the bench in San Jose back in 2015, he quickly brought Spott over and the two have been joined at the hip since then through five seasons with the Sharks and the last two with Vegas before the pair were let go earlier this offseason.
As for Nasreddine, he spent the last eight seasons with the Devils, most of the time as an assistant with the exception of 2019-20 when he took over as a midseason replacement for John Hynes. He remained on New Jersey’s staff when Lindy Ruff took over the following season although it was revealed back in May that they would not be renewing his contract.
Between Spott and Nasreddine, Dallas has added 16 seasons of assistant coaching experience to their bench with DeBoer himself having parts of 14 seasons of NHL head coaching experience. The Stars have a veteran-laden roster and will enter 2022-23 with a veteran-laden coaching staff as well.