By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The New York Islanders have permanently named Doug Weight as their head coach. He was previously serving as their interim head coach.
When Jack Capuano was fired on Jan. 17, the Islanders named Weight as interim coach. In the final 40 games, he went 24-12-4.
Since he took over, the Islanders had the second-best record in the NHL with 24 wins and 54 points.
“Doug has earned this opportunity from the tremendous work he has put in over the past five seasons in our front office and especially from the time he took over as interim Head Coach earlier this season,” President and General Manager Garth Snow said. “His leadership and experiences from both playing and behind the bench are valuable intangibles that not every coach can translate into a winning formula. He’s gained the trust and respect from our entire team, making him the best choice to become Head Coach.”
Weight is the team’s 19th head coach. In addition, he’s also the team’s Assistant GM.
Prior to his appointment as head coach, he was the team’s Assistant Coach and Assistant GM.
“I’m honored to be named Head Coach of such an historic franchise with one of the most passionate fan-bases in the NHL ,” Weight said. “There is a deep history of winning with the Islanders and I look forward to doing everything in my power to return to the playoffs and have success.”
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