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Spott named head coach of AHL Marlies

Jul 3, 2013, 5:20 PM EDT

Steve Spott

The AHL’s Toronto Marlies have hired Steve Spott to replace departed head coach Dallas Eakins.

Spott, 45, was the head coach of the OHL’s Kitchener Rangers for the past five seasons. Until now, he was perhaps best known for coaching Team Canada at the 2013 World Juniors. (Not in a good way, either — Canada finished out of the medals despite going into the tournament with a stacked team.)

Eakins, of course, left the Marlies to become the new bench boss of the Edmonton Oilers.

  1. sunderlanding - Jul 3, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    Not sure if this is a good move. He doesn’t have a great track record.

    • dueman - Jul 3, 2013 at 7:46 PM

      I don’t think Brough likes the Leafs, as instead of writing about his qualifications, he just threw out last years result from the world juniors to make him look bad. Coaching the Juniors is not like coaching in a regular league. The fact that Spot was chosen to be the coach of team Canada says a lot in itself though, and he did win silver in 2010 as an assistant coach. I’m sure though that the reason that he was hired is because of his great track record with the Kitchener Rangers, as he has done quite well there. Plus he’s from Toronto, and I’m sure that helped. I’m sure he’ll do well.

      • sunderlanding - Jul 3, 2013 at 9:49 PM

        Admittedly I don’t know that much about him. I hope you’re right!

  2. withseidelinn - Jul 3, 2013 at 9:25 PM

    He made some mistakes choosing that world jr. team. Even though it was stacked with talent, he utilized his players extremely poorly. Nathan Mackinnon on the 4th line? Won’t work out.

  3. beaver15 - Jul 3, 2013 at 9:25 PM


  4. drewzducks - Jul 3, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    See Spott coach.

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