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Sharks retain coach Larry Robinson, expand his role

May 23, 2014, 2:56 PM EDT

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The San Jose Sharks have confirmed the recent reports that Hall of Fame defenseman Larry Robinson will stay on as an associate coach. They also given him another title.

Robinson is now the team’s director of player development. As the name implies, he’ll be responsible for guiding the Sharks’ players and prospects in addition to his previous duties under head coach Todd McLellan.

Player development is always crucial for obvious reasons, but it’s particularly important right now as the Sharks want to give bigger opportunities to their young players next season.

In Robinson, the Sharks have a man with a wealth of hockey knowledge and a history of postseason success. He won the Stanley Cup six times as a player. He also won the Cup in 2000 as the New Jersey Devils’ bench boss and was an assistant coach when the Devils won it all in 1995 and 2003.

“Larry is one of the most respected minds in hockey and we are thrilled to continue having him involved with our organization,” said Sharks GM Doug Wilson.

  1. nothanksimdriving123 - May 23, 2014 at 6:51 PM

    Lots of reasons to love Larry Robinson, but to me, he’ll also always be the last NHL player who was older than me. Alas.

  2. sjsharksfan11 - May 23, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    Good Sharks news??? I must be dreaming!

  3. bruceboudreauchokejob - May 24, 2014 at 12:18 AM

    Larry Robinson is the man!

    Best quote by a coach ever

    “All [the games] have turned into is a steady stream of going to the penalty box,” Robinson said. “I don’t know what to expect any more. . . . I’m going to instruct my guys to do exactly this, ‘If somebody puts a stick on you, just fall, because that’s what it has really turned into.’

    “All because a bunch of the prima donnas in this freakin’ league don’t want to get touched. They’re whining [because] they can’t get their 60 goals I can’t get my 60 goals, I can’t get my 60 goals. We have a few FFFFFFFF whining little babies in this league who don’t want to get touched. That’s why they have to resort to this. I’m all in agreement that hooking and holding shouldn’t be there, but not to the point that you can’t touch anyone any more.”

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