Sharks hire David Quinn as next head coach

Posted: 22/07/2022 in NHL
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The San Jose Sharks picked David Quinn to replace Bob Boughner as their next head coach, ESPN’s Kevin Weekes reports.

Quinn, who reportedly agreed to a three-year contract, will return to an NHL bench for the first time since 2020-21. He spent three seasons as the New York Rangers’ bench boss but was fired after the team failed to make the playoffs during the pandemic-shortened campaign.

He holds a career record of 96-87-25.

Before coaching the Rangers, he spent five seasons behind the bench at Boston University. The 55-year-old posted a 105-69-21 mark, including a national championship game appearance in 2015.

Quinn also coached Team USA at the 2022 Olympics, guiding the Americans to a fifth-place finish.

Mike Vellucci of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Spencer Carbery of the Toronto Maple Leafs were the other finalists for the Sharks’ vacancy, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.

San Jose enters the 2022-23 campaign with a new general manager as well. Former NHLer Mike Grier was hired earlier this month to replace Joe Will, becoming the league’s first-ever Black GM.

The Sharks have failed to make the playoffs in three straight campaigns after missing the postseason just twice between 1998-2019.

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