By Mary Walsh
The San Jose Sharks announced today that they have named Steve Spott as an assistant coach and signed Frazer McLaren. Both spent last season with the Toronto Maples Leafs organization. Spott was an assistant coach last season, and the organization’s AHL head coach the season before. From the Sharks press release:
“I’m excited to work with Steve again,” said DeBoer. “We have a great relationship and he has grown significantly as a coach in the seven years since we last worked together. We are very fortunate he was available.”
A native of Toronto, Ont., Spott spent two seasons with the Maple Leafs organization, serving as the head coach of the Maple Leafs American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate Toronto Marlies in 2013-14. He led the team to a record of 45-25-2-4, winning the North Division title and earning a spot in the Western Conference Final, where the Marlies fell in seven games to the eventual Calder Cup-winning Texas Stars.
Spott has an extensive history with Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer. He spent eleven seasons as an assistant under DeBoer with the OHL’s Plymouth Whalers and Kitchener Rangers. Spott became Kitchener’s head coach and general manager in 2008, where he remained for five seasons. During that time, his team went to the playoffs four times and twice to the Western Conference Final.
Spott played 121 games as a forward for Colgate University and 20 AHL games before finishing his playing career with the Netherlands’ Heerenveen.
As reported by Curtis Pashelka and others last May, the Sharks obtained permission from the Toronto Maple Leafs to talk to Spott about an assistant coaching position early this summer.
The Sharks also signed forward Frazer McLaren to a one year contract. McLaren was drafted by the Sharks in the 7th round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. He spent almost six seasons with the organization before being claimed off of waivers by the Maple Leafs in 2013. He spent three seasons with Toronto, playing 62 games with the Maple Leafs and 28 games with their AHL affiliate, the Toronto Marlies. His NHL career totals include four goals, seven assists and 261 penalty minutes. As a Worcester Shark, he was the team’s all time leader in penalty minutes, and has 678 penalty minutes to his credit.