Sacco has been an assistant coach with the Boston Bruins since 2014, his penalty kill finishing top-three in the NHL four times. Previously, he was head coach of the Colorado Avalanche from 2009-13.
Most recently, Sacco interviewed for the Bruins’ head coaching job that went to Jim Montgomery.
Sacco also enjoyed a long playing career, skating for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, New York Islanders, Washington Capitals, and Philadelphia Flyers from 1990 to 2003. He represented Team USA at the 1992 Winter Olympics.
There is a Boston University connection between Sacco and new San Jose Sharks GM Mike Grier: Sacco played at BU from 1987-90, Grier from 1993-96. Both are also Massachusetts natives: Grier grew up in Holliston and Sacco in Medford as part of the proud Sacco hockey family.
Sacco also played with David Quinn, another BU alum who has been connected with the Sharks’ head coach position. Most recently, Quinn helmed the New York Rangers from 2018-21.
San Jose Hockey Now is digging into other coaching candidates. One thing we know, this won’t be a protracted search like the San Jose Sharks’ GM search, which lasted about two months.
Grier told San Jose Barracuda announcer Nick Nollenberger during Sharks development camp prospects scrimmage on Thursday night, “We have to get through the interviews and coach search, hopefully we can wrap that up in the next week to 10 days.”
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