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December 12, 2019
The San Jose Sharks fired coach Peter DeBoer on Wednesday less than seven months after playing in the Western Conference final.
Doug Wilson announced the change after the Sharks returned home from a road trip on a five-game losing streak and five points out of playoff contention. San Jose also fired three of DeBoer’s assistants and made assistant Bob Boughner the interim coach.
DeBoer was 198-129-34 in four-plus seasons in San Jose. He led the Sharks to their only Stanley Cup Final appearance in franchise history his first year in 2016. San Jose made the playoffs again the following three years under DeBoer, losing to eventual champion St. Louis in last season’s conference final in six games.
DeBoer is the fifth NHL coach fired this season, and the second in two days after Dallas dismissed Jim Montgomery on Tuesday due to “unprofessional conduct.” Others let go were New Jersey’s John Hynes and Toronto’s Mike Babcock due to slow starts, and Calgary’s Bill Peters resigned following abuse allegations from earlier in his career.