Golden Knights Coach Unexpectedly Fired After Missing the Playoffs

The NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights are not playing games.

Even though the team has only been in the league since 2017, it has already gone through two head coaches.

On Monday, Peter DeBoer, the team’s second-ever head coach, was terminated.

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The inaugural season of the team seemingly spoiled ownership.

In one of the biggest shocks in all of sports, Gerard Gallant took the team to the Stanley Cup finals during the 2017-18 season.

It is tough enough to compete as an expansion team, let alone come close to hoisting the championship trophy, which holds true in any team sport.

Gallant, however, was fired about halfway through the 2019-20 season and replaced by DeBoer.

He led the team to the Conference Finals during the bubble season, where the Dallas Stars ended their season.

In 2020-21, Vegas again made it to the Conference Finals but were ousted again before getting to the Finals.

This season, after starting off hot, the team went belly-up and missed the playoffs altogether.

That was enough for ownership to call for yet another coaching change.

In announcing his departure, Vegas Golden Knights general manager Kelly McCrimmon stated, “We would like to thank Pete DeBoer for his commitment to the Vegas Golden Knights over the past three seasons.

“Since joining the organization, Pete and his staff have guided us through some of the most unique and challenging circumstances we’ve witnessed since our franchise entered the NHL.

“After lengthy discussions over the last two weeks, we believe that a new coach will put us in the best position to succeed next season.”

DeBoer finished his coaching career with the Knights with a gaudy 98-50-12 record.

This is now the fourth firing in the NHL as the league gets ready to go into the second round of playoffs.

Source: Fox News


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