The San Jose Sharks could be looking to hire the head coach of the Chicago Wolves once again.
A source tells San Jose Hockey Now that Wolves head coach Ryan Warsofsky has interviewed for the Sharks’ vacating head coaching position.
Warsofsky, 34, just guided Chicago to a Calder Cup, becoming the youngest head coach since Peter Laviolette in 1999 to bring home the AHL’s ultimate prize. The North Marshfield, Massachusetts native enjoyed a 71-25-6-7 record with the Wolves over the last two regular seasons.
An AHL source tells SJHN that Warsofsky has a reputation for being a “phenomenal communicator” and a “great coach system-wise.”
Previously, Warsofsky was the head coach of the Charlotte Checkers in 2019-20, and a Checkers assistant coach during their 2018-19 Calder Cup campaign. From 2013 to 2018, Warsofsky served as director of hockey operations, head coach, and assistant coach of the ECHL’s South Carolina Stingrays.
Warsofsky played professionally in Belgium, the Central Hockey League, and Federal Hockey League, and comes from a hockey family. His brothers Adam, Jarod, and David all played collegiately or professionally, David skating in 55 NHL contests from 2014 to 2018.
New San Jose Sharks GM Mike Grier has indicated that he expects the search for his new head coach to end fairly quickly. Last Thursday, he told San Jose Barracuda announcer Nick Nollenberger during 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.”
Warsofsky joins Joe Sacco and David Quinn as known San Jose Sharks head coaching candidates.
If Grier hires Warsofsky, that would be back-to-back Chicago Wolves head coaches tapped by the San Jose Sharks.
Just two off-seasons ago, the Sharks plucked Rocky Thompson from Chicago to be an associate coach on Bob Boughner’s staff. Thompson, however, just lasted one year behind the bench in San Jose, leaving before training camp last year because of a medical exemption that prevented him from taking the then-mandatory COVID vaccine. Thompson has since joined John Tortorella’s Philadelphia Flyers’ coaching staff.
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