The Golden Knights, or really the Silver Knights, made history today hiring the first head coach in franchise history. That man is Manny Viveiros, a 54-year-old former NHL, AHL, and IHL player who has spent the past decade and a half working his way up the coaching ranks.
When Peter DeBoer took over as head coach for the New Jersey Devils in 2011-12, the Devils had just sputtered to an 81-point season and missed the playoffs for the first time in more than a decade.
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The three coaches couldn’t be from more varied backgrounds.
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In December 1990, sitting on a bench inside the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 22-year-old Admirals center Peter DeBoer had no idea he’d ever be a hockey coach.
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For the men who stand behind the bench, the immediacy and all-encompassing reality of results aren’t a throwaway line from a GM in a press conference. It is the life.
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We’re 10 games into Peter DeBoer’s tenure as head coach of the Vegas Golden Knights and already there is a lot learned on what this team is going to be like going down the stretch.
“It’s been a blur,” new Vegas Golden Knights Coach Peter DeBoer said of his sudden hiring to the team. “I got a call and was on a bench coaching in Ottawa literally 24 hours later,” DeBoer said. “I’ve always admired this franchise from the other side of the rink and the bench. The electricity of the building and the passion of the fans. To experience it first hand, and to walk around this city is something special.”
Spent five seasons with Pacific Division rival Sharks before replacing Gallant.