The Toronto Maple Leafs have hired Peter Horachek and Steve Spott as assistant coaches.
According to general manager Dave Nonis, the attempt was to find guys who had been head coaches in the past. Both Horachek and Spot have this experience behind them and both have been successful at some point throughout their career.
“I’m not the big culture change kind of a guy,” Nonis said. “I think you can’t flip a switch with two coaches and say that everything’s going to be different. I think people bring things to the table that either help you achieve success or don’t. And these guys, they’ve shown in the past they can do that.”
Most recently, Horachek was the interim head coach of the Florida Panthers during the 2013-14 campaign after Kevin Dineen was fired in November. Horachek led the franchise for 66 games and the team went 26-36-4 during that time. Prior to this, Horachek served as the coach of the San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League at the beginning of last season. He also spent nine seasons as an assistant coach with the Nashville Predators.
Spott was the coach of the Toronto Marlies of the AHL last season. Under the leadership of Spott, the franchise went 45-25-6 in addition to reaching the Western Conference Final. Spott also spent 12 years with the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League. He was named Kitchener’s coach prior to the 2008-09 season.
Due to his time in Toronto with the AHL, Spott has a relationship with many of the guys on the team. He is expected to play a huge role in the transition from players between the Marlies and the Maple Leafs.
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