Gordon replaces Dave Hakstol on an interim basis
December 17, 2018
Allentown, Pa. — The Philadelphia Flyers, NHL affiliate of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, have announced today that Phantoms’ Head Coach Scott Gordon has been named interim head coach of the Flyers.
Gordon, 55, is in his fourth season as head coach of the Phantoms and currently sits ninth place in AHL history with 364 career wins. The Phantoms currently hold a 15-9-1-1 record through 26 games. In 2017-18, he guided the Phantoms to their first division crown in over a decade and back-to-back seasons of 48 wins and 47 wins. The Phantoms have totaled a 144-86-24 under Gordon.
A native of Brockton, Mass., Gordon brings 12 years of professional coaching experience to the Flyers, including parts of three seasons as the head coach of the New York Islanders. Prior to joining the Islanders, Gordon was spent five seasons as the head coach of the Providence Bruins. During that time, he registered a 221-141-47 overall mark en route to playoff appearances in five of those six campaigns. In his final season at the helm in Providence, the Bruins produced a 55-18-7 overall record and a league-leading 117 points earning Gordon the Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award presented to the AHL’s Coach of the Year.
In addition to his professional coaching experience, Gordon also has extensive international experience behind the bench. He served as an assistant coach for the United States at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver helping the U.S. claim a silver medal. What’s more, he was an assistant coach for the United States at both the 2009 and 2011 IIHF World Championships.
After an eight-year career as a professional goaltender, which included 23 games with the Quebec Nordiques, Gordon began his coaching career as an assistant coach with the Atlanta Knights of the International Hockey League (IHL) from 1994 to 1996. He earned his first head coaching position in 1998 with the Roanoke Express of the ECHL. In two seasons behind the bench in Roanoke, Gordon compiled an 82-42-16 overall record and guided the Express to the postseason in both campaigns.
Lehigh Valley will take on the rival Hershey Bears inside of PPL Center in downtown Allentown on Wednesday, December 19, at 7:05 p.m. Tickets for the contest against the Bears are still available online by clicking HERE.
Season tickets offering a wide range of benefits as well as 20-Game and 12-Game plans are available by calling the Phantoms at 610-224-GOAL (4625).