‘I’m excited to go to work’: Pete DeBoer starts a new chapter in Dallas

Dallas – A new era of superstar hockey was officially introduced on Wednesday afternoon when Pete Deborah met members of the media inside the American Airlines Center.

The 25th coach in franchise history and 10th in the history of the Dallas Stars sat alongside General Manager Jim Neal and spoke for nearly 40 minutes on topics ranging from his intense interview process to his unexpected launch in Vegas, the all-star leadership group, and the excitement of taking this team to the next level. .

DeBoer was among a handful of experienced NHL coaches available while Nill was looking for a new head coach. There were also assistant coaches in the NHL, candidates in the college and junior hockey ranks, and abroad in Europe.

Video: Introductory press conference for Pete DeBoer

“We did a very thorough process,” Neil said. “We had standards set and we had very good field. There were some great candidates. There were some moves that were made around the league that really affected our research, all in a good way. It was a great process. When you go through that process, you can Meet a lot of people. You pick a lot of hockey brains and gain a lot of knowledge. As we went through the process, we started narrowing it down. The only name that kept coming up was Peter DeBoer. That’s why we’re here.”

Neal acknowledged that the club needed a coach who could guide the team now but also in the years to come.

“If you told me three or four years ago who our next guys would be, I don’t think anyone would know who Rob HintzAnd the Jake Oettinger or Jason Robertson they were. We have another group of little kids, the Wyatt Johnstons, Logan Stankovins, and Maverick Burke. I can go on and on. The organization is in a good location.

“The key was finding the right person to be able to pull all of this together,” Neil added. Pete – with his history of dealing with younger players and his history of dealing with veteran players – through our research, I’ve spoken to a lot of the players he’s coached and the players he’s [played] against him. I have received enthusiastic comments and positive comments all the time.”

DeBoer’s 14-year resumption of NHL training includes two trips to the Stanley Cup Final (2012 with New Jersey and 2016 with San Jose), five games in the Conference Finals and a 6-0 record in Game Seven. He also holds a record 513-379-123 in 1,015 regular season games with Vegas, San Jose, New Jersey and Florida. Since entering the league in 2008-09, DeBoer has placed sixth in wins and second in matches he coaches.

Video: DeBoer ‘excited’ to be Stars’ new head coach

He most recently served as bench chair for the Golden Knights where he led the club to a record 98-50-12 in 160 regular-season competitions by 0.650 points over parts of three seasons. He also led Vegas beyond the season in two of his three campaigns with the club, setting a record 22-17 in 39 playoff games and reaching the semi-finals in both the 2020 and 2021 Stanley Cup playoffs.

“I can’t tell you how excited I am,” Debor said. “It’s been a long process from the end of the season to today. I think I earned enough frequent travel miles to pay for a round trip family vacation. It was a very intense interview process with Jim and his group.”

Throughout the interview process, DeBoer says his enthusiasm for the stars continued to grow.

“The more layers I fell back into as I dived into the organization, the more excited I got about the veterans here, the leadership, but also about the layers of the upcoming youth and the potential for this group going forward,” he said. “Replacing a man – I would be remiss without admitting it – is one of the most respected players in NHL hockey at Rick Bowness. Great guy, great person, great coach. Great shoes to fill. I’m excited to go to work.”

DeBoer advances behind the Stars bench who recently led the Calgary Flames into Game 7 overtime in the first round – a roster that includes veterans Jimmy Ben And the Tyler Seguin.

“These are world-class players,” Debord said. “When you’re on the bench for some of the teams that I’ve coached that have come here, you look at these guys – as an opponent coach – and they get your attention. I can’t wait to start working with these guys. I’m excited to have them here both from a playing perspective and from a leadership perspective.”

DeBoer is also hoping to make the most of his players on the offensive side of the disc – something the superstars have struggled with during the 2021-22 season.

“We want to unleash some of that group’s offensive potential,” he said. “Attack doesn’t start in the attack zone. It starts with being able to get out of your zone clean, cross out of the neutral zone quickly and then play into the attack zone and engage your defenses.”

“One of the things that I was very proud of during my time in the National Hockey League especially in San Jose and Vegas recently was the importance of getting defenders into the offensive game. In order to create an attack in this league now, you have to be able to move as a unit of five and engage everybody “.

This story has not been approved by the National Hockey League or the Dallas Stars Hockey Club.

Kyle Shuhara He is the Digital Director for DallasStars.com and writes for the Stars/NHL. Follow him on Twitter Tweet embed.

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