The New Jersey Devils have named Peter DeBoer as their head coach, replacing the retired Jacques Lemaire.
DeBoer spent the last three seasons as the head coach of the Florida Panthers, posting a record of 103-107-36. Even though the Panthers recorded 93 points in 2009 with DeBoer as their head coach, Florida missed the playoffs.
A native of Dunnville, Ontario, DeBoer had an outstanding coaching career in the Ontario Hockey League coaching the Detroit Whalers, Plymouth Whalers and Kitchener Rangers. He posted a record of 539-248-91.
With the Plymouth Whalers, DeBoer was twice named the Ontario Hockey League coach of the year in 1999 and 2000.
While with the Rangers, DeBoer won a Memorial Cup in 2003 and advanced to the Memorial Cup Final in 2008, where Kitchener lost to the Spokane Chiefs 4-1 in the Championship Game.
According to TSN, Devils’ General Manager Lou Lamoriello chose DeBoer over Ken Hitchcock, Adam Oates, Michel Therrien and Guy Carbonneau.
DeBoer was fired by the Florida Panthers on April 10, 2011 and replaced by Kevin Dineen.