PHILADELPHIA - The Philadelphia Flyers announced today that they have hired Scott Gordon as head coach of their American Hockey League affiliate, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. In addition, Flyers GM Ron Hextall announced that Riley Cote will return as an Assistant Coach of the Phantoms.
“We are extremely pleased to add Scott to our organization as head coach of our top affiliate in the Lehigh Valley,” said Hextall. “He brings in a proven track record of success and knowledge as a coach at all levels, and we are confident he can help develop our prospects through our system, as well as lead the Phantoms back to the Calder Cup playoffs.”
Gordon, 52, most recently served as an assistant coach with the Toronto Maple Leafs for three seasons (2011 to 2014) under Ron Wilson (2011-12) and Randy Carlyle (2012-2014). Prior to joining the Maple Leafs, Gordon spent parts of three seasons as the head coach of the New York Islanders from 2008 to 2010 where he compiled a record of 64-94-23 in 181 regular season games.
Gordon was hired by the Islanders after parts of six seasons with the Providence Bruins of the AHL where he had a 221-141-20-27 record in 409 games. He led the Bruins to the Calder Cup Playoffs in five of his six seasons behind the bench. In his final season with Providence, Gordon led the Bruins to a 55-18-7 record and a league-leading 117 points during the regular season. He was the recipient of the Louis A. R. Pieri Memorial Award, presented to the AHL’s Coach of the Year following that season.
Prior to coaching in the AHL, Gordon was head coach of the Roanoke Express of the East Coast Hockey League and led the team to consecutive first-place finishes in their division while compiling an 82-42-16 overall regular season record.