Florida Panthers Hire New Coach

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Friday June 13, 2008
MIAMI (AP) -- The Florida Panthers have hired Peter DeBoer as
their next coach. The Panthers announced Friday that DeBoer, a highly touted junior coach from the Ontario Hockey League's Kitchener Rangers, would take over for Jacques Martin behind the bench.

Martin was stripped of his duties as head coach in April but
reached an agreement to remain as the team's general manager. DeBoer also was a front-runner for the coaching vacancy with the
Ottawa Senators. He coached and managed the Kitchener Rangers in
the OHL for seven years. While there, he guided the Rangers to two
OHL Championships and a Memorial Cup Championship.

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