Report: Maple Leafs Name Hershey Bears Head Coach Spencer Carbery An Assistant

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According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Freidman, the Toronto Maple Leafs named former head coach of the AHL’s Hershey Bears, Spencer Carbery, an assistant coach after Dave Hakstol left to become the Seattle Kraken’s head coach.

Carbery signed a three-year extension with the Washington Capitals to remain the Bears’ head coach on April 22.

The 39-year-old spent three seasons with the Bears. He was named the 26th head coach in franchise history on June 26, 2018, and at the time of his hire, he was the second-youngest coach in the American Hockey League.

Under Carbery’s guidance, the Bears finished atop the AHL standings this past season with a record of 24-7-2-0, a .758 points percentage that ranks as the second-highest mark in the franchise’s 83-year history. Hershey, which lost in regulation just once on home ice all season (14-1-2-0), allowed a league-low 2.33 goals per game in 2020-21 and ranked eighth in scoring (3.33), and Carbery sent several players to the National Hockey League to compete with the Washington Capitals this season while continuing to oversee the development of Caps prospects such as Alex Alexeyev, Garrett Pilon, Axel Jonsson-Fjallby, Brett Leason, Martin Fehervary, Kody Clark, Riley Sutter and 2020-21 AHL All-Rookie forward Connor McMichael.

[Related: Spencer Carbery Primed For Future Job In Washington]

Named head coach of the Bears on June 26, 2018, Carbery has led the club to a three-year record of 104-50-9-8, good for a .658 points percentage, including a 53-18-3-2 mark (111 points, .730) in their last 76 regular-season games. The 39-year-old native of Victoria, B.C., spent the 2017-18 season as an assistant coach with the AHL’s Providence Bruins, helping the club to an impressive 45-26-3-2 record, and served as head coach of Hershey’s ECHL affiliate in South Carolina from 2011 to 2016, winning that league’s Coach of the Year honors in 2013-14. Carbery is the first Hershey head coach to win the Pieri Award since John Paddock in 1988.

The Bears would confirm the move later on Saturday.

By Harrison Brown

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4 Responses to Report: Maple Leafs Name Hershey Bears Head Coach Spencer Carbery An Assistant

  1. Anonymous says:

    This is on Mac. Carbery was an asset we had to keep in place.

  2. Jon Sorensen says:

    Big loss. Carbs will be a head coach in NHL very soon. Still relatively young, as well.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Big loss for Bears and Caps.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Sad day for the Caps organization. I don’t feel that the Caps paid enough attention to our prospects last year and Carbs is what kept them around and improving. If the projected flat salary cap years come true, we will need well developed prospects.

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