Scott Gordon (ice hockey)
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February 6, 1963|
Brockton, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Height||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)|
|Weight||175 lb (79 kg; 12 st 7 lb)|
|Played for||Quebec Nordiques|
|National team||United States|
Scott M. Gordon (born February 6, 1963) is an American professional ice hockey coach and former professional goaltender. He is the head coach of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms of the American Hockey League (AHL). He has also previously served as the interim head coach of the NHL's Philadelphia Flyers, and head coach of the NHL's New York Islanders. Gordon was born in Brockton, Massachusetts, but grew up in Easton, Massachusetts.
- 1 College career
- 2 Professional career
- 3 Coaching career
- 4 Personal life
- 5 Head coaching record
- 6 Awards and honors
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Boston College (1982–1986)
Gordon became the Eagles' starting goaltender in 1983–84, where in 35 games, he had a 21–13–0 record and a 3.74 GAA, helping Boston College qualify for the 1984 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament. The Eagles faced off against the Michigan State Spartans, where they lost the two-game total goal series 13–8.
Gordon retained his starter's job for the 1984–85 season, as he went 23–11–2 with a 3.61 GAA in 36 games played. On March 16, 1985, in a game against the Providence College Friars, Gordon and Friars goaltender Chris Terreri made hockey history, as both goalies placed water bottles on the top of their nets, the first time that goalies placed water bottles on the top of their nets in a hockey game. Gordon led Boston College into the 1985 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament, as the Eagles reached the semi-finals before losing to Providence 4–3 in triple overtime.
Gordon returned for one last season with Boston in 1985–86, where in 32 games, he posted a 17–8–1 record and a 3.63 GAA. He was named to the Hockey East First-Team All-Star in 1986. Boston College qualified for the 1986 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament, however, they lost to the Minnesota Golden Gophers 11–7 in the East Regional Semi-finals.
Quebec Nordiques (1986–1992)
Gordon was not drafted, but on October 2, 1986, he signed as a free agent with the Quebec Nordiques of the NHL. The Nordiques assigned Gordon to the Fredericton Express of the AHL for the 1986–87 season. In 31 games, he had a 10–12–2 record with a 4.47 GAA and .875 save percentage as the Express failed to qualify for the playoffs.
In the 1987–88 season, the Nordiques assigned Gordon to the AHL's Baltimore Skipjacks, and in 34 games, Gordon posted a 7–18–3 record with a 5.61 GAA and .861 save percentage. His seven wins led the Skipjacks, as Baltimore finished in last place in the league, missing the playoffs.
Gordon spent most of the 1988–89 season with the Johnstown Chiefs of the ECHL. In 31 games, Gordon had a record of 18–9–3 with a 3.82 GAA and a .888 save percentage, as Johnstown finished in second place in the League. In the postseason, Gordon went 7–4 with a 3.34 GAA in 11 games as the Chiefs lost to the Carolina Thunderbirds in the Riley Cup Finals. Gordon also saw some action with the Halifax Citadels of the AHL during the 1988–89 season, going 0–2–0 with a 5.17 GAA and a .825 save percentage in two games.
Gordon played most of the 1989–90 with the Nordiques' AHL affiliate, the Halifax Citadels, where in 48 games, he had a 28–16–3 record with a 3.33 GAA and a .887 save percentage, leading Halifax into the playoffs. In six playoff games, he also posted a 2–4 record with a 4.94 GAA as the Citadels lost to the Sherbrooke Canadiens in the North Division Semi-finals.
Gordon also made his NHL debut in the 1989–90 season with the Nordiques. He played his first game on January 30, 1990, as he took the loss in a 5–2 defeat against the Buffalo Sabres. After losing his first four games in the NHL, Gordon recorded his first victory, as on February 6, 1990, he made 26 saves in a 5–3 victory over the Vancouver Canucks. Overall, Gordon was 2–8–0 with a 5.33 GAA and .856 save percentage in ten games for the Nordiques. Gordon also became the first ever former ECHL player to appear in the NHL.
Gordon began the 1990–91 season with the Nordiques, where in 13 games, he had a record of 0–8–0 with a 5.94 GAA and .787 save percentage. He also spent the majority of the 1990–91 AHL season with the Citadels, as Gordon posted a 12–10–2 record with a 3.70 GAA and .879 save percentage for Halifax. The club, however, failed to reach the postseason.
Gordon split the 1991–92 season between the Citadels — where in seven games, he had a 3–3–1 record with a 3.82 GAA and .886 save percentage — and the New Haven Nighthawks, where Gordon was 3–1–0 with a 2.76 GAA and .898 save percentage in four games. In two playoff games with the Nighthawks, Gordon 0–2 with a 4.54 GAA as the Nighthawks lost to the Adirondack Red Wings in the North Division Semi-finals. Following the season, Gordon became a free agent and signed with the Nashville Knights of the ECHL.
Nashville Knights (1992–1993)
Gordon spent the 1992–93 season with the Nashville Knights of the ECHL. In 23 games, he had a 13–9–1 record with a 4.30 GAA and .889 save percentage, helping Nashville qualify for the playoffs. In nine playoff games, Gordon had a 5–4 record with a 4.38 GAA as the Knights lost to the Toledo Storm in the semi-finals.
Knoxville Cherokees (1993–1994)
Gordon began the 1993–94 season with the Knoxville Cherokees of the ECHL, as in 26 games, he posted a 15–10–1 record and a .874 save percentage. He left the team late in the season to join the Atlanta Knights of the IHL.
Atlanta Knights (1994)
Gordon joined the Knights late in 1993–94, where in five games, he had a record of 0–1–3 with a 3.35 GAA and .888 save percentage. He became the youngest Head Coach in the league's 53-year history at 32 years of age. Gordon did not see any action in the postseason, as the Knights won the Turner Cup, defeating the Fort Wayne Komets in the finals.
At the end of the season, Gordon announced his retirement and joined the Knights' coaching staff.
Gordon represented the United States during his international career. He appeared in the 1991 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships held in Finland, where in two games, he was 0–1–0 with a 7.50 GAA, as the USA finished in fourth place.
Gordon spent most of the 1991–92 season playing for the U.S., where in 29 games, he went 13–12–3 with a 4.03 GAA. Gordon also appeared in one game at the 1992 Winter Olympics held in Albertville, France, where he had a 0–0–0 record with a 7.06 GAA in 17 minutes of play as the Americans finished in fourth place.
Atlanta Knights (1994–1996)
Gordon became an assistant coach with the Atlanta Knights of the IHL for the 1994–95 season under head coach John Paris Jr. Atlanta finished the season with a 39–37–5 record, earning 83 points for third place in the Central Division, and a trip to the playoffs. In the first round of the postseason, the Knights lost to the Las Vegas Thunder in five games.
In the 1995–96 season, Gordon remained with the Knights, however, midway through the season, the club fired Paris, but retained Gordon. Atlanta finished the season with a 32–41–9 record, earning 73 points, and fourth place in the Central Division. The Knights qualified for the playoffs, but were swept by the Cincinnati Cyclones in the first round.
Quebec Rafales (1996–1998)
Gordon remained an assistant coach with the team through the franchise relocation, as the club hired Jean Pronovost as their head coach for the 1996–97 season. The Rafales had a solid season, going 41–30–11, earning 93 points and fourth place in the North Division. Quebec swept the Cincinnati Cyclones in the first round of the playoffs, however, they lost to the Detroit Vipers in the Turner Cup Quarter-finals.
The Rafales struggled in the 1997–98 season, failing to reach the playoffs with a 27–48–7 record, earning 61 points. After the season, the club folded.
Roanoke Express (1998–2000)
Gordon joined the Roanoke Express of the ECHL as the head coach of the team for the 1998–99 season. In his first season with the team, Gordon led them to a 38–22–10 record, earning 86 points, and first place in the Northeast Division. In the postseason, Roanoke defeated the Dayton Bombers and Chesapeake Icebreakers to reach the North Conference finals, however, they were swept by the Richmond Renegades.
Gordon led the Express to another first-place finish in the North Division in the 1999–2000 season, going 44–20–6, registering 94 points. In the postseason, the Express were upset by the Johnstown Chiefs in the first round. After the season, Roanoke did not renew Gordon's contract.
Providence Bruins (2000–2008)
Gordon joined the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League as an assistant coach to Bill Armstrong for the 2000–01 season. In his first season with the Bruins, the team had a 35–31–10–4 record, earning 84 points and a trip to the playoffs, as the club finished in third place in the New England Division. Providence defeated the Hartford Wolf Pack and Worcester IceCats to win the division in the playoffs, however, the Bruins lost to the Saint John Flames in the Eastern Conference finals.
In 2001–02, the Bruins struggled to a 35–33–8–4 record, third in the East Division, and tenth in the Eastern Conference. Providence faced the St. John's Maple Leafs in a best-of-three qualifying series, in which they were swept in two games to be eliminated from the playoffs.
The Bruins made a head coaching change prior to the 2002–03, as Mike Sullivan was hired to take over for Bill Armstrong. Providence kept Gordon as an assistant coach. After the Bruins started the season 41–17–9–4 under Sullivan, he was promoted to the Boston Bruins late in the season as the team made a coaching change, and Gordon became the head coach of Providence. Gordon led Providence to a 3–3–2–1 record in their last nine games, as the club finished in first place in the North Division. In the postseason, the Bruins were upset by the Manitoba Moose in the first round.
Gordon led Providence to a 36–29–11–4 record in his first full season as the head coach in 2003–04, helping them reach the qualifying round of the playoffs. In the best-of-three qualification round, the Bruins were swept by the Portland Pirates in two games.
Providence had a solid season in 2004–05, going 40–30–7–3 to finish with 90 points, and a fourth-place finish in the Atlantic Division. The Bruins then upset the first place Manchester Monarchs in the first round of the playoffs, then defeated the Lowell Lock Monsters in the Atlantic Division finals to earn a trip to the Eastern Conference Finals. The Bruins lost to the Philadelphia Phantoms in six games.
Gordon led the Bruins to another postseason appearance in the 2005–06 season, as Providence had a 43–31–1–5 record, earning 92 points and fourth place in the Atlantic Division. In the playoffs, the Portland Pirates defeated Providence in the first round.
The Bruins had another very solid season in 2006–07, as Providence had a 44–30–2–4 record, earning 94 points and third place in the Atlantic Division. The Bruins defeated the Hartford Wolf Pack in the Division semi-finals, however they lost to the Manchester Monarchs in the Atlantic Division finals.
Providence had a spectacular season in 2007–08, as the Bruins won the Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy, awarded to the team who finished with the most points in the regular season. The Bruins had a 55–18–3–4 record, earning 117 points. Providence quickly swept the Manchester Monarchs in the first round of the playoffs, but the Bruins were upset by the Portland Pirates in the Atlantic Division Finals. After the season, Gordon won the Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award as Coach of the Year in the AHL.
New York Islanders (2008–2011)
Gordon made his NHL head coaching debut on October 10, 2008, as the Islanders lost to the New Jersey Devils, 2–1. Gordon earned his first NHL victory the next night, on October 11, 2008, as the Islanders defeated the St. Louis Blues 5–2 in his first home game. The Islanders struggled throughout the season, finishing 26–47–9, earning 61 points and last place in the Atlantic Division, missing the playoffs.
In 2009–10, the Islanders improved to a 34–37–11 record, getting 79 points, but missed the playoffs once again.
The Islanders once again struggled at the start of the 2010–11, as the club had a record of 4–10–3 in their first 17 games to quickly fall out of the playoff picture. On November 15, 2010, the Islanders fired Gordon, replacing him with Jack Capuano. He was given a job as a special advisor to general manager Garth Snow following his dismissal as head coach.
Toronto Maple Leafs (2011–2014)
On June 20, 2011, the Toronto Maple Leafs hired Gordon as an assistant coach under head coach Ron Wilson. Late in the 2011–12 season, the Maple Leafs fired Wilson as head coach, hiring Randy Carlyle as his replacement, and keeping Gordon on as an assistant. However, Gordon was later fired after the 2013–14 season.
Lehigh Valley Phantoms and Philadelphia Flyers (2015–present)
Gordon was named the interim head coach for the Flyers on December 17, 2018, following the firing of head coach Dave Hakstol. On April 15, 2019, the Flyers named Alain Vigneault head coach and Gordon returned as head coach of the Phantoms for the 2019–20 season.
On April 8, 2009, Gordon was named an assistant coach to Ron Wilson for the United States at the 2009 IIHF World Championship held in Switzerland by USA Hockey general manager Brian Burke. The U.S. finished in fourth place in the tournament.
Head coaching record
NHL coaching record
|NYI||2008–09||82||26||47||9||61||5th in Atlantic||—||—||—||Missed playoffs|
|NYI||2009–10||82||34||37||11||79||5th in Atlantic||—||—||—||Missed playoffs|
|PHI||2018–19||51||25||22||4||54||6th in Metropolitan||—||—||—||Missed playoffs|
Minor league record
|Team||Year||Regular Season||Post Season|
|ROA||1998–99||70||38||22||10||–||86||1st in Northeast||Lost in Kelly Cup Finals|
|ECHL Totals||70||38||22||10||–||86||1 Division Titles||1 Playoff Appearance|
|PRO||2002–03||9||3||3||2||1||104||1st in North||Lost in first round|
|PRO||2003–04||80||36||29||11||4||87||4th in Atlantic||Lost in Division Qualifier|
|PRO||2004–05||80||40||30||7||3||90||4th in Atlantic||Lost in Conference Finals|
|PRO||2005–06||80||43||31||–||6||92||4th in Atlantic||Lost in Division Semifinals|
|PRO||2006–07||80||44||30||–||6||94||3rd in Atlantic||Lost in Division Finals|
|PRO||2007–08||80||55||18||–||7||117||1st in Atlantic||Lost in Division Finals|
|PRO Totals||409||221||141||20||27||584||2 Division Titles||6 Playoff Appearances|
|LV||2015–16||76||34||35||4||3||75||7th in Atlantic||Did not qualify|
|LV||2016–17||76||48||23||5||0||101||2nd in Atlantic||Lost in Division Semifinals|
|LV||2017–18||76||47||19||5||5||104||1st in Atlantic||Lost in Conference Finals|
|AHL Totals||663||365||227||35||36||896||3 Division Titles||8 Playoff Appearances|
Awards and honors
|All-Hockey East First Team||1985–86|||
|Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award (AHL Coach of the Year)||2007-08|
- Hockey’s Book of Firsts, p.12, James Duplacey, JG Press, ISBN 978-1-57215-037-9
- "Scott Gordon Toronto Maple Leafs - Assistant Coach". nhl.com. NHL. Retrieved December 17, 2017.
- "Brunette Becomes First ECHL Alum To Play In 1000 NHL Games". ECHL.com. February 2, 2011. Retrieved February 7, 2011.
- "New York Islanders hire AHL coach of year Scott Gordon as head coach". NHL.com. New York: NHL. August 12, 2008. Retrieved December 17, 2017.
- TSN.ca. "Islanders name Scott Gordon as new head coach". Retrieved August 12, 2008.
- Kimelman, Adam (November 15, 2010). "Struggling Islanders dismiss Gordon as coach". NHL.com.
- "Jack Capuano Named Interim Head Coach of the Islanders". NewYorkIslanders.com. November 15, 2010. Retrieved November 15, 2010.
- Blockus, Gary (July 20, 2015). "New Phantoms coach Scott Gordon looking forward to helping players reach NHL". The Morning Call. Retrieved December 17, 2017.
- "Flyers name Scott Gordon head coach of Lehigh Valley Phantoms". Philadelphia Flyers. July 13, 2015. Retrieved July 13, 2015.
- Kimelman, Adam (December 17, 2018). "Hakstol fired as coach of Flyers". NHL.com. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
- "Flyers name Alain Vigneault head coach". NHL.com. April 15, 2019. Retrieved April 16, 2019.
- "Flyers finalize 2019-20 Coaching Staff". NHL.com. May 6, 2019. Retrieved May 11, 2019.
- "USA Hockey names Gordon assistant coach". NHL.com. NHL. April 8, 2009. Retrieved December 17, 2017.
- "Gordon to coach U.S." iihf.com. March 23, 2011. Retrieved December 17, 2017.
- Blockus, Gary (October 8, 2015). "Head coach Scott Gordon brings a wealth of experience to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms". The Morning Call. Retrieved December 17, 2017.
- "Hockey East All-Teams". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved May 19, 2013.
- Biographical information and career statistics from NHL.com, or Eliteprospects.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or The Internet Hockey Database
| Head coach of the Providence Bruins
| Head coach of the New York Islanders
| Head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers
|Awards and achievements|
| Hockey East Goaltending Champion