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Florida Panthers name Bob Boughner new head coach

Former Sharks assistant tasked with helping Panthers to win Stanley Cup

Assistant coach Bob Boughner of Team Orr points to a play on the ice during the Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects game against Team Cherry on Jan. 20, 2010 at the WFCU Centre in Windsor, Ontario. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
Assistant coach Bob Boughner of Team Orr points to a play on the ice during the Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects game against Team Cherry on Jan. 20, 2010 at the WFCU Centre in Windsor, Ontario. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

SUNRISE, Fla. – The Florida Panthers have named Bob Boughner as the team's new head coach.

"After an exhaustive search, we are pleased to welcome Bob as the new head coach of the Panthers," general manager Dave Tallon said Monday in a statement. "He sees the game in a modern way and is eager to work with our young players. During the interview process, Bob blew us away with his preparation, his passion, knowledge and dedication to the game. We believe that he is the right leader to get our team back to competing towards our goal of winning the Stanley Cup."

Boughner, 46, served as an assistant coach for the San Jose Sharks the past two seasons.

The former defenseman spent 12 seasons in the NHL with the Buffalo Sabres, Nashville Predators, Pittsburgh Penguins, Calgary Flames, Carolina Hurricanes and Colorado Avalanche. He was a second-round draft pick of the Detroit Red Wings in 1989.

The team will have an introductory news conference Monday at 2 p.m.