August 13, 2008 - ECHL (ECHL)
UNIONDALE, N.Y. - The New York Islanders of the National Hockey
League have announced that former ECHL player and coach Scott
Gordon has signed a multiple-year contract to be the team\'s new head
"Scott has been one of the top up-and-coming coaches in hockey and with
good reason," said Islanders general manager Garth Snow. "Through his work
in the minor leagues and most recently with Providence over the last eight
years, he has gained an impeccable reputation. The entire Islanders
organization looks forward to working with Scott."
"Garth has given me an unbelievable opportunity to coach in the NHL with
the Islanders," said Gordon. "From my time coaching in Providence, I\'ve
seen firsthand the talented young players in this organization. I look at
the direction and the vision for this team and see a bright future."
The Utah Grizzlies are the ECHL affiliate of the Islanders of the NHL and
the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League. Former ECHL
Lacroix is an assistant coach for the Islanders. Former ECHL coach and
Capuano is head coach of Bridgeport while the assistant coaches are
2003-04 ECHL Coach of the Year and former ECHL player Pat
Bingham and former Johnstown Chiefs assistant coach Matthew
Gordon is the third former ECHL coach who is currently a head coach in the
NHL joining Bruce
Boudreau of the Washington Capitals and Peter Laviolette of the
Carolina Hurricanes. Boudreau, who coached Mississippi for three seasons
winning the Kelly Cup championship in 1999, was named NHL
Coach of the Year in 2007-08 becoming the first former ECHL coach to
receive the award. Laviolette, who began his coaching career with the
Wheeling Nailers, led the Carolina Hurricanes to the Stanley Cup in 2006
and is 231-177-53 in six NHL seasons. There are 15 assistant coaches in the
NHL who were players or coaches in the ECHL.
The 45 year old played for Johnstown in 1988-89 and on January 30, 1990 he
became the first ECHL player to play in the National Hockey League when he
made his debut with the Quebec Nordiques against the Buffalo Sabres. Gordon
returned to the ECHL with Nashville in 1992-93 and Knoxville in 1993-94.
Gordon was named head coach of Roanoke in the ECHL in 1998-99. In his
first season the Express finished first in the Northern Conference with a
38-22-10 record, advancing to the Kelly Cup Playoffs where they lost in the
conference finals. In his second season Roanoke went 44-20-6 and set team
records for wins (44) and points (94) while finishing atop the Northeast
Division standings and again advancing to the Kelly Cup Playoffs.
Gordon was named the AHL
Coach of the Year in 2007-08 becoming the third former ECHL coach in a
row and the seventh in the last eight years to receive the honor. He led
Providence to a first-place finish with a 55-18-3 record while ranking
second in the league in goals scored and seventh in goals-against average.
In five seasons as head coach he was 221-141-47 and led the Bruins to the
postseason every year.
Gordon, who was a member of the United States team at the 1992 Olympics,
joined Providence as an assistant coach in 2000 and became the head coach
on Mar. 19, 2003 when Mike
Sullivan was promoted to Boston.
The Premier \'AA\' Hockey League had affiliations with 26 of the 30 teams in
the NHL in 2007-08, marking the 11th consecutive season that the league has
had affiliations with at least 20 teams. There have been 355 players who have played in the
NHL after the ECHL and 210 who have made their debut in the last seven
seasons. Twenty-six former ECHL players made their NHL debut in 2007-08
including six who played in both the ECHL and NHL: Chris
Beckford-Tseu (Alaska and St. Louis), Adam
Berti (Pensacola and Chicago), Joe
Jensen (Wheeling and Carolina), Dan
LaCosta (Elmira and Columbus), Jonathan
Quick (Reading and Los Angeles) and Danny
Taylor (Reading and Los Angeles).
The ECHL celebrated its 20th Anniversary in 2007-08 and is the third-longest tenured professional hockey league behind only the National Hockey League and the American Hockey League.
The Premier \'AA\' Hockey League began in 1988-89 with five teams in four
states and has grown to be a coast-to-coast league that will play with 23
teams in 16 states and British Columbia in 2008-09.
The league officially changed its name to ECHL on May
The ECHL has affiliations with 26 of the 29 teams in the American Hockey
League in 2007-08 and for the past 19 years there has been an ECHL player
on the Calder Cup champion.
In the last six seasons the ECHL has had more call ups to the AHL than all
other professional leagues combined with over 2,300 call ups involving more
than 1,200 players. In each of the last three seasons there have been more
than 225 players who have played in both the ECHL and the AHL in the same
Further information on the ECHL is available from its website at ECHL.com.