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CONFIRMED: David Quinn Will Be Sharks’ New Head Coach



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Maybe it was David Quinn’s job to lose?

Even before Mike Grier was officially introduced as the San Jose Sharks’ new GM earlier this month, Pierre LeBrun was already floating that Quinn would be Grier’s choice for Sharks head coach.

SPECULATION: If Grier Becomes Sharks GM, Will David Quinn Be Head Coach?

That possibility looks like it will become reality, with Elliotte Friedman reporting this afternoon that the San Jose Sharks are “zeroing in on David Quinn as next head coach.”

San Jose Hockey Now can confirm that the deal was done tonight, and that Quinn will be the next head coach of the San Jose Sharks. He will be the 11th head coach in franchise history. He follows Bob Boughner, let go on Jul. 1, who had a 67-85-23 record from Dec. 2019 to 2021-22 for the Sharks.

Kevin Weekes reports that Quinn has signed a three-year contract with San Jose:

There’s the obvious Boston University connection between Quinn and Grier, though they didn’t skate together there: Grier played at BU from 1993-96, while Quinn played there from 1984-88.

Quinn, 55, was most recently the head coach of the New York Rangers, leading the team to a 96-87-25 record from 2018-21. The Rangers failed to make the playoffs in each of Quinn’s three seasons behind the bench.

From 2013-2018, Quinn was the bench boss for Boston University, guiding the team to a more robust 100-59-20 record. He was named the Hockey East Coach of the Year in 2015.

There’s no questioning his experience: In an almost 30-year coaching career, Quinn has also been the head coach of the 2022 USA Olympic men’s ice hockey team, the 2022 USA World Championships team, the AHL’s Lake Erie Monsters, and in the USNTDP program, and an associate or assistant coach for multiple USA World Championships men’s and women’s ice hockey squads, the Colorado Avalanche, BU, University of Nebraska-Omaha, and Northeastern University.

He was named the 2003 USA Hockey Development Coach of the Year and won the 2009 NCAA Championship as BU’s Associate Head Coach.

Quinn brings a reputation for being an excellent communicator and teacher to the San Jose Sharks.

Mike Grier said last week that he was looking to conclude his coaching search quickly, and he’s a man of his word. Last Thursday, he told San Jose Barracuda announcer Nick Nollenberger during San Jose Sharks development camp prospects scrimmage, “We have to get through the interviews and coach search, hopefully we can wrap that up in the next week to 10 days.”

As for the other candidates, Friedman confirms San Jose Hockey Now’s report that Toronto Maple Leafs assistant head coach Spencer Carbery was interviewed for the position. Friedman added that Pittsburgh Penguins’ assistant coach Mike Vellucci was also a finalist. Jimmy Murphy of Boston Hockey Now reported that Boston Bruins assistant head coach Joe Sacco was interviewed. SJHN also reported that Chicago Wolves head coach Ryan Warsofsky was in the mix.

SOURCE: Spencer Carbery Has Interviewed for Sharks’ Head Coach

REPORT: Sacco Will Interview for Sharks’ Head Coach

SOURCE: Ryan Warsofsky Has Interviewed for Sharks Head Coach

We’ll be posting our reaction to the hiring of David Quinn shortly.

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Nick H.

Well it’s certainly not a popular choice according to Sharks Twitter, but I am willing to give him a chance.


With all our kids and the focus on development, I’m seeing Quinn as being a great choice.


His record with developing forwards is sketchy, at best.

david barnard

i don’t see a lot of development in the Sharks plans on the NHL club, but i could be wrong about it.

Don V

This just feels like a pathetic nepotism hire. What was even the point of the interview process if Quinn was always gonna be Grier’s guy. Quinn hasn’t had much, if any, pro success and doesn’t really seem to offer much as a developer or as a tactics guy based on his track record over the last couple of years with the Rangers and USA hockey. I just don’t believe he was that much more impressive than the other options. Grier is asking for us to be patient but he’s not giving us a lot of hope here with lots of… Read more »

david barnard

i suspected GMMG had his people in mind when he became the Sharks GM. perhaps he’s going thru the motions for the appearance of due diligence?

Bob D

Perhaps but really who cares? DW had his cronies, including the audacity to put his son as dir. scouting? MG is the GM; why shouldn’t he hire whoever he wants, regardless of how they are affiliated? He must live and die by his decisions so they should be his alone. I would not tell you who you should hire if you are ultimately responsible if it fails. I mean I am shocked that sharks fans have no criticism for the Wilson regime despite the fact that they have left this franchise completely screwed, and he just walks away for “health… Read more »

david barnard

“Give the people their…traditions.”

Bob D


Rob Monroe

Solid. Grier doing what he was hired to do, make choices and put his early stamp on the franchise. Like the hire or not, Quinn still has zero track record with Sharks and everything to prove at this point – so why be upset? Just glad we are getting some actual changes around here for once. I have a suspicion there will at least be some tangible growth from Quinn’s past failures with the Rangers and looking forward to seeing how it shakes out with an actual NHL competent roster. Also intrigued which assistant coaches are tabbed once this is… Read more »


Wait, you mean the team that’s actually rebuilding, drafted a few stellar players at the draft this year, and is already stockpiling picks for the next three drafts? Yeah, I’d rather be a bottom feeder with a hopeful future than what we’re going to be.

david barnard

never been a fan of “change for change’s sake”, but if this changes the culture for the better, and if it’s a definitive step in the direction of rebuilding this org’s reputation and competitive edge, i’m for it. time will tell, and i’m willing to give GMMG my fan support for the time being.


I guess I shall reserve judgemt until he starts but it definitely doesn’t inspire much confidence

david barnard


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Nick H.

I see the resemblance.


Well I guess everyone deserves a second chance maybe Quinn has learned. Who knows.

Cheeon Yue

Quinn is in a win win situation as long as he’s developing players for the future. Wins, playoffs, success. Loses very often, increases chances for Bedard. Year one of three should be a cake walk.


I wonder how long it will take GM to let Quinn go if not performing?

Gary Caldwell

I believe Quinn gets at least two seasons. The first season is going to be a burner, IMO. New GM/scouting director/scouts, new HC, new system, and a number of new players on the roster. He’ll have a long rope. I think there will be more pressure on him and his staff in season 2. There will be more roster moves between TDL, draft and the Summer as part of the rebuild, but the rope will shorten. If there are no measurable improvements, then his job will begin to be at risk in season 3.

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