Published: Fri, December 13, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Sharks fire coach Pete DeBoer as team continues to struggle

Sharks fire coach Pete DeBoer as team continues to struggle

It was reported Wednesday night that the San Jose Sharks have dismissed head coach Pete DeBoer for hockey reasons - a outcome of the team's disappointing start to the 2019-2020 campaign. Their.485 points percentage is the fourth lowest in the conference.

DeBoer was in his fifth season as the head coach of the Sharks since he led San Jose to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2015-16. The Sharks have compiled 32 points in 33 games during an up-and-down season but are still within striking distance in the Western Conference. The Sharks lost their first four games, won the next three, then slumped to a 4-10-1 mark. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 23 of 25 shots for the Rangers, who are back in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff race.Time for more hockey. His overall coaching record is 415-329-111 in the regular season, 46-38 in the postseason.

"When you have had a level of past success, change is never easy, but we feel this team is capable of much more than we have shown thus far and that a new voice is needed", said Wilson.

The Sharks return to action Thursday with a home game against the New York Rangers. The Sharks were on a two-game winning streak, but have since been unable to buy a win.

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San Jose is riding a five-game winless skid after their 3-1 defeat to the Nashville Predators on Tuesday.

Ricci, who played in 529 games with the Sharks from 1997-2004, has spent the last 12 seasons as development coach with the organization, working closely with the forwards on the Sharks and the Barracuda rosters. They've fended off 88.3 percent of their total penalties for the season while picking up four shorthanded goals.

San Jose has endured an inconsistent season. The Sharks have also struggled on the power play, converting just 16 percent of their opportunities with the man advantage through their first 33 games.

The 51-year-old joined San Jose after three-plus seasons with the New Jersey Devils and three campaigns with the Florida Panthers.

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