The San Jose Sharks announced on Tuesday that they have named Bob Boughner as the ninth head coach in franchise history.

Boughner had been serving as the team’s interim head coach during the 2019-20 season, after they had fired previous head coach Peter DeBoer midway through the season. Along with Boughner, the Sharks have also named Rocky Thompson as associate coach and John Madden as assistant coach.

“Bob did a tremendous job last season, getting our group back to playing with an identity and structure that we need in order to be successful,” said general manager Doug Wilson. “We saw a marked improvement in our play in several key areas during the second half of the season, before losing some key players to injury."

“We’re also very pleased to add Rocky and John to our staff. Both come with a wealth of experience, both in playing the game and as teachers and leaders. With a healthy and motivated group of players, we are confident that this staff will do a terrific job leading our group in the coming years.”

The team also announced Evgeni Nabokov will return as the team’s goaltending coach, Dan Darrow will remain in his current role of assistant coach, video and Charlie Townsend will continue serving as hockey analyst/assistant to the NHL coaching staff. Mike Ricci, who spent the final 37 games of the 2019-20 season as an assistant coach with the Sharks, will now serve as NHL development coach.

SEPTEMBER 22, 2020  (14H30)