Frisco, Texas – Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Neal Today I announced the appointment of Deborah House As a team coach. DeBoer became the 25th coach in franchise history and 10th in the history of the Dallas Stars.
“Pete brings a wealth of experience to our dressing room, and we are thrilled to have chosen him as our next coach,” Neil said. “Every team he took charge of has not only shown immediate improvement, but been highly competitive in the Stanley Cup playoffs. He has moved five teams to the Conference Finals, and two to the Stanley Cup Final, in his 14 years as head coach. His resume showcases the high standards he has set and ability on getting his team to play to this level consistently. We are excited to welcome Pete and his family to Dallas.”
DeBoer, 54, joined the stars after spending parts of three seasons as head coach of the Vegas Golden Knights. Set in the middle of the 2019-20 season, DeBoer scored a record 15-5-2 in 22 regular season games and led the Golden Knights to the 2020 Western Conference Final against the Superstars. In his time with Vegas, DeBoer held a 98-50-12 record in 160 contests in the regular season by 0.650 points. He led Vegas post-season in two of his three campaigns with the club, scoring a record 22–17 in 39 post-season games and reaching the semi-finals in both the 2020 and 2021 Stanley Cup playoffs.
“Over the past few seasons, I’ve seen for myself what the superstars are building with a mixture of dynamic young players and solid leaders,” Debore said. “The opportunity to become the next coach of this team was an opportunity that I could not pass up. I would like to thank Tom Gagliardi and Jim Neal for the opportunity to help guide this team as we work together to bring the Stanley Cup back to Dallas. “
The Denville, Ontario native has a record of 513-379-123 in 1,015 coached games over 14 seasons in the National Hockey League with Vegas, San Jose, New Jersey and Florida. Since entering the league in 2008-09, DeBoer has placed sixth in wins and second in matches he coaches. In the post-season play, DeBoer led three different franchises to the Stanley Cup playoffs and reached the Stanley Cup Final on two occasions, first with New Jersey (2012) and then with San Jose (2016). He holds a record of 68-55 in 123 post-season competitions and, since 2008-2009, ranks fifth in playoff wins and coached matches. During the 2021 Stanley Cup playoffs, DeBoer became the first coach in league history to win his first five games in Game 7 and have a 6-0 record in Game 7.
Prior to his time in Vegas, DeBoer served as head coach for San Jose over five seasons (2015-19) and racked up a record 198-129-34 in 361 regular season games. He qualified for the Stanley Cup playoffs in four of his five campaigns with the Sharks and helped lead the team to their first Stanley Cup Final appearance in franchise history during the 2015-16 season. DeBoer spent four seasons (2011-14) as the New Jersey substitute, setting a record 114-93-41 in 248 regular season games and reaching the Stanley Cup Final in his first campaign with the club in 2011-12. In addition, he served as head coach for three seasons (2008-11) in Florida and scored a 103-107-36 mark in 246 regular season games.
His extensive coaching resume includes 13 seasons behind the bench in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), winning the 2003 Memorial Cup and two OHL Championships (2003, 2008) with Kitchener. DeBoer won the OHL Coach of the Year in 1999 and 2000 with Plymouth and was named the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) Coach of the Year in 2000. He is one of eight coaches in OHL history to reach a 500-win plateau (539) and ranks eighth on the Launching in win ohl.
DeBoer has represented Team Canada on several occasions on the international stage, winning gold for his country at the 2015 IIHF World Championships and the 2005 World Junior Championships. He served on the coaching staff at four IIHF World Championships (2010, 2011, 2014, 2015), and the World Junior Championships (1998). , 2005) and in the 2007 Canada-Russia Super Series.
Prior to his coaching career, he was originally selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 12th round (#237 overall) of the 1988 NHL Draft and played two seasons of professional hockey with the Milwaukee Admirals of the International Hockey League (IHL).
DeBoer and his wife Susan have one daughter Abigail and two sons, Jack and Matthew.