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Steve Spott – Head Coach

Steve Spott enters his first season as head coach of the Toronto Marlies.

Spott, 45, was named the team's fourth head coach on July 3, 2013 after spending 12 seasons with the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League. The Toronto, Ontario native spent his first seven seasons as an assistant coach under current NHL bench boss Peter DeBoer, during which the team won the Memorial Cup in 2003. Spott was named Kitchener's head coach prior to the 2008-09 campaign and over five seasons compiled a record of 187-121-32. He guided the Rangers to four playoff berths, including two trips to the Western Conference Final. Spott had also served as Kitchener's General Manager for the past five seasons. During his OHL coaching career Spott has mentored the likes of Gabriel Landeskog, Jeff Skinner, Mike Richards and David Clarkson.

Spott brings a wealth of international coaching experience to the Marlies. In the summer of 2008, he was an assistant coach with Team Canada at the under-18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament where Canada captured the gold medal. In 2010, he won a silver medal as an assistant coach with Team Canada at the World Junior Hockey Championships in Saskatchewan. The following year he led Canada to a gold medal as head coach of the under-18 team at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament in the Czech Republic. Spott was also appointed head coach of Team Canada at the 2013 World Junior Hockey Championships in Ufa, Russia.

During his playing career, Spott registered 148 points (75 goals, 73 assists) in 121 games as a forward at Colgate University. He would go on to play 20 games for the Newmarket Saints of the American Hockey League before finishing his playing career with Heerenveen in the Netherlands.

Spott currently resides in Waterloo with his wife Lisa and their two children Tyler and Emma.


 
Gord Dineen – Assistant Coach

Gord Dineen enters his fourth season as an assistant coach with the Toronto Marlies.

Dineen, 48, was named an assistant coach on August 21, 2009 after spending the 2008-09 season as the head coach of the Iowa Chops, the AHL affiliate of the Anaheim Ducks. Under Dineen’s guidance, Iowa earned a record of 33-33-4-10. He has worked as both a head coach and an assistant coach in professional hockey since the 1999-00 season.

Dineen began his coaching career during the 1999-2000 season as a player/coach with the Utah Grizzlies. In 50 games with the Grizzlies, he registered 18 assists and 26 penalty minutes.

He made his head coaching debut with the Macon Whoopee of the ECHL during the 2001-02 season. The following season he served as the head coach of the Richmond Renegades, guiding them to a 35-31-6 record.

From 2003 through 2008, Dineen served as an assistant coach with four different American Hockey League teams: the Springfield Falcons (2003-04), Utah Grizzlies (2004-05), San Antonio Rampage (2005-06) and Portland Pirates (2007-08).

As a defenceman, the Toronto native competed in 18 seasons of professional hockey (1982-2000). In 528 career NHL games with the New York Islanders, Minnesota, Pittsburgh and Ottawa, he registered 106 points on 16 goals and 90 assists with 695 penalty minutes. He was selected 42nd overall in the 1981 Entry Draft by the Islanders.

Derek King – Assistant Coach

Derek King enters his fourth season as an assistant coach with the Toronto Marlies.

The Hamilton native returned to the organization after playing 161 games for the Maple Leafs from 1997 to 2000 during which he scored 45 goals and 53 assists for 98 points. He played 14 seasons (1986 – 2000) in the NHL with the New York Islanders, Hartford, Toronto and St. Louis. In 830 games, he compiled 612 points on 261 goals and 351 assists, while adding 417 penalty minutes. King notched three 30-goal seasons, including one 40-goal season during his NHL career. He was also a player-assistant coach with the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins for two seasons from 2002-03 to 2003-04. He was selected 13th overall in the 1985 Entry Draft by the Islanders.

 

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