Sheng Peng of San Jose Hockey Now is reporting that the San Jose Sharks have interviewed former Hershey Bears head coach Spencer Carbery to be the Sharks new head coach.
— Sheng Peng (@Sheng_Peng) July 21, 2022
Peng also noted that former New York Rangers head coach David Quinn and current Boston Bruins assistant coach Joe Sacco are also candidates to become the 11th head coach in Sharks history.
Carbery, 40, is in his first-year as Toronto Maple Leafs assistant coach, credited with turning the 16th-ranked Maple Leafs power play in 2020-21 to the NHL’s best this past season. The Maple Leafs converted at a 27.27 percent rate last season.
Also today: hearing TOR is hiring AHL Hershey’s Spencer Carbery as an assistant coach. Carbery was AHL Coach of the Year in 2021.
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) July 17, 2021
Before moving to Toronto, Carbery spent three seasons as the head coach of the Hershey Bears. Carbery was named the AHL’s Coach of the Year in 2021, his last of three seasons as the head coach of the Bears. He also won the same award in the ECHL in 2014 during a five-year run as head coach of the South Carolina Stingrays.
Under Carbery’s guidance, the Bears finished atop the AHL standings in 2021 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 in 2021 (14-1-2-0), allowed a league-low 2.33 goals per game in 2020-21 and ranked eighth in scoring (3.33).
We predicted back in early 2021 that Carbery was “primed” for a head coaching job in the NHL.
By Jon Sorensen