Scott Gordon named head coach of the Phantoms

Updated: July 13, 2015 at 4:46 pm by Sean Cobourn

Scott Gordon was officially hired as the 2nd head coach in the short history of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms this morning.

Terry Murray, the Phantom’s coach from 2012-2015, took an assistant coaching job with the Sabres under Dan Bylsma earlier this summer.

Gordon, most notably, was at the helm of the Providence Bruins (AHL) from 2002-2008, leading them to five playoff appearances and two division titles (221-141-20-27).

Following his run of success in the AHL, the Islanders hired Scott Gordon as their new head coach during the dark years of the franchise.

The former Boston College goaltender lasted almost three years, getting fired after a 4-10-3 start in 2010-2011. The Isles moved him into a special advisor role for the rest of the season.

Following that NHL head coaching stint (64-94-23), the Maple Leafs hired Gordon as an assistant coach, where he spent 2011-2012 under Ron Wilson and 2012-2014 under Randy Carlyle.

The Massachusetts native has a wealth of international experience as an assistant coach for the 2009 World Championships, the 2010 Winter Olympics, and as a head coach for the 2011 World Championships.

The Flyers now have two outside perspectives behind the benches in the NHL and AHL.

Scott Gordon’s rapping had me sold on the hire:

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