SAN JOSE – The San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) announced today that Scott Gordon and Ryan Warsofsky were named assistant coaches on head coach David Quinn’s staff. Additionally, Thomas Speer was named NHL Goaltending Coach and Nick Gialdini was named video coach.
“I am delighted to announce our coaching staff for the upcoming season,” Quinn said. “Scott brings an immeasurable amount of experience and knowledge of the game to our staff, and Ryan is a passionate individual who has proven himself as a promising head coach, winning the Calder Cup with the Chicago Wolves last season. .”
“Thomas has a great track record with every goaltender he has worked with, and Nick has earned the opportunity at the NHL level after being with the Sharks organization for the past few years. to have each of them with us.”
Gordon, 59, brings more than two decades of experience as a National Hockey League and American Hockey League (AHL) head coach and assistant coach. Since 2015-2016, he has been the head coach of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms (AHL). Under his leadership, the Phantoms posted a 239-174-35-25 record, including a 2017-18 Atlantic Division title when the team advanced to the AHL Eastern Conference Finals 2018, and three top-two finishes within their division.
He was named interim head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers on December 17, 2018, and served in that role for the remainder of the 2018–19 season. Meanwhile, Philadelphia went 25-22-4 in 51 games and held the NHL’s ninth-best penalty kill percentage.
Prior to joining the Flyers organization, Gordon worked as an assistant coach with the Toronto Maple Leafs for three seasons (2011-14).
He was also the head coach of the New York Islanders from 2008 to 2011. Prior to working with the Islanders, Gordon spent eight seasons (2000-2008) as a head and assistant coach with the Providence Bruins (AHL) . During that span, the Bruins posted a record 332-222-40-46 (WLT-OTL), qualified for the playoffs six times, including two appearances in the Eastern Conference Finals .
Gordon spent two seasons (1999-2000) as head coach of the Roanoke Express (ECHL) and began his professional coaching career in the International Hockey League as an assistant coach with the Atlanta Knights (1994- 96) and the Rafales de Québec (1996-97).
Internationally, he has worked with USA Hockey on several occasions. He was an assistant coach for the 2010 Olympic men’s hockey team, where he helped Team USA win a silver medal, and the 2016 World Cup of Hockey team. He was also the United States head coach at the World Championships three times (2010-12) and assistant coach in 2009.
Warsofsky, 34, joins the Sharks after two seasons as head coach of the Chicago Wolves (AHL). Last season, Warsofsky led the Wolves to the AHL’s best regular season record with a 50-16-5-5 (0.724%) record and won the 2022 Calder Cup, going 14-4 over four different series during the playoffs. . The previous year, in his first stint with Chicago, Warsofsky guided the team to the league’s third-best record (21-9-1-2), but the AHL did not hold an official playoff in due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In his two seasons, Wolves amassed a 71-25-6-7 record and the team’s shorthandedness has twice ranked in the Top 10 (2021-22, fifth; 2020-21, ninth) and the power play ranked fourth in 2020-21.
Prior to his move to Chicago, Warsofsky worked with the Charlotte Checkers (AHL) for two seasons. He started as an assistant coach in 2018-19 before being named the league’s youngest head coach (31) on July 10, 2019. As Charlotte’s assistant in 2017-18, he helped the team to win the Calder Cup, overseeing the top penalty kill unit in the League (86.6%). The following year, in the abbreviated season, Charlotte went 34-22-5-0 and ranked third in power play and shorthanded percentage.
As an AHL head coach with Chicago and Charlotte, Warsofsky posted a 105-47-11-7 (.671%) record.
Warsofsky also worked with the ECHL’s South Carolina Stingrays for five seasons, including two seasons as head coach/director of hockey operations (2016-2018) after starting as an assistant coach. In his two seasons at the helm, South Carolina posted an 88-44-10-2 record and the team advanced to the Kelly Cup Finals in 2017.
Warsofsky also worked as an assistant coach in the NCAA with Curry College for one season (2012-13).
Speer, 35, previously served as the Stockton Heat’s goalkeeping coach for three seasons. Under his guidance the previous two seasons, Dustin Wolf finished eighth in goals against average among AHL qualified goaltenders, and in 2020-21, Garret Sparks ranked ninth in the category. He also worked with the Allen American in the ECHL for four years as a goaltending coach and with the Wichita Falls Wildcats of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) as a goaltending coach and scout.
Internationally, he has served as goaltending coach for Team USA, including the USA World Junior Championship U-18 team in 2017-18.
As a player, he played four seasons in the NCAA Division III program with the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and UMass-Boston. He also appeared in three ECHL games with the Idaho Steelheads and Las Vegas Wranglers.
Gialdini, 31, has been with the Sharks organization for nine years, serving as the Barracuda’s video coach and director of hockey operations for the past six seasons and three seasons assisting the Sharks scouting department with various securities. He first joined the organization after spending nine years as a youth hockey coach, helping the Jr. Sharks 18AAA team, and also worked four years as a high school hockey coordinator with Sharks. Ice in San Jose.
Gialdini graduated from San Jose State University in 2016.