Dave Nonis, Senior Vice-President and
General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Wednesday the
appointment of Steve Spott as head coach of the American Hockey League’s
45, had spent the previous 12 seasons working for the Ontario Hockey
League’s Kitchener Rangers. During his tenure with the Rangers, the
Toronto native spent his first seven seasons as an assistant coach under
current New Jersey Devils bench boss Peter DeBoer during which the team
won the Memorial Cup in 2002-03. Spott was appointed head coach in
Kitchener prior to the 2008-09 season, leading the club to four playoff
appearances and a regular season record of 187-121-32. He also served as
both an assistant coach (2010) and head coach (2013) of Canada’s
under-20 team at the World Junior Hockey Championships. In 2011 he was
the head coach of Team Canada’s under-18 team that won gold at the Ivan
Hlinka Tournament held in Breclav, Czech Republic.
graduate of Colgate University, Spott registered 148 points (75 goals,
73 assists) and 213 penalty minutes over his four year college career.
He would go on to play 20 games for the Newmarket Saints of the American
Hockey League during the 1990-91 season.
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