The New Jersey Devils have fired coach Pete DeBoer, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie.
This season the Devils find themselves far outside the playoff race and the team has gone just 2-5-3 over their last ten games. Speculation of DeBoers firing had been abound for weeks now, but the firing just one day after Christmas comes as a bit of a shocker.
DeBoer has been the coach of the Devils for the past four seasons, hired just months after being fired from the Florida Panthers at the end of the 2010-11 season. Over the course of his tenure in New Jersey, DeBoer coached the Devils to a 114-93-41 record, and took the team to the Stanley Cup Final in his first season behind the bench, coming just two games short of capturing the sport’s grandest prize.
This season, the Devils find themselves in the Eastern Conference basement, seventh in the Metropolitan Division, and have a -46 goal differential, fifth worst in the league.
For 13 seasons, DeBoer was one of the most successful coaches in the OHL, including an OHL championship in 2007-08 as coach of the Kitchener Rangers, the year before he made the jump to the NHL with the Panthers.
DeBoer was twice the Ontario Hockey Association coach of the year, but hasn’t gotten the nod as Jack Adams Award winner in any of his seven seasons in the NHL.