Vegas Golden Knights hiring Bruce Cassidy as head coach

The Vegas Golden Knights have hired former Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy as their new head coach, the team announced Tuesday.

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Cassidy was let go by the Bruins on June 7 after six seasons, going 245-108-46 as head coach. With Cassidy at the helm, the Bruins made the playoffs six consecutive times and coached the Bruins to the Stanley Cup Final in 2019.

Cassidy won the Jack Adams award for the NHL’s best coach in 2020, after the Bruins captured the Presidents Trophy with 100 points in 70 games during the pandemic-shortened season.

He spent 14 years in the Bruins organization.

“His success in Boston over six years is extremely impressive,” Golden Knights general manager Kelly McCrimmon said of Cassidy. “He is the right coach for our team at this time.”

“I am excited to join an organization that shares my commitment to winning and can’t wait to get to work with the talent that has been assembled in Vegas,” said Cassidy.

The Golden Knights had been searching for a head coach since firing Peter DeBoer in May. The team missed the playoffs for the first time in franchise history after going 43-31-8 in the 2021-2022 season.

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