Next on our list of potential replacements for Jerry York is Boston College alumnus Scott Gordon, who has spent the past two decades training at the AHL and NHL levels.
Scott Gordon began his head coaching career at IHL and ECHL in 2000, before becoming an assistant coach at AHL’s Providence Bruins. He finally became the team’s head coach in 2002 and remained in that position for six seasons. Gordon’s Providence Bruins played behind the bench in all six seasons before being appointed head coach of the New York Islanders in 2008.
Gordon’s time in the NHL has not been more successful than his AHL time, as he came out on top in just 17 games in his third season with the Islanders. His teams finished below .500 in each of his first two seasons, and he spent the next few seasons as an assistant to the Toronto Maple Leafs. In 2015, he was appointed head coach of Lehigh Valley Phantoms, an AHL affiliate of Philadelphia Flyers.
The Phantoms have had some success under Gordon, winning the playoffs three times in the five full seasons he has coached. In the 2018-19 season, he was selected as the interim head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers after Dave Hawkstol was sacked, and coached the team to a 25-22-4 record to end the season, but he never seemed serious. Candidate for a full-time head coach, he will return to the AHL next season.
Gordon spent four seasons as a goalie in BC from 1982-1986, and for some time jumped into various levels of minor league hockey. Quebec played 23 games in the NHL with the Nordics, but he could not stay longer. BC Gordon is unlikely to be hired, but based on his biodata, he deserves at least a chance to do a job interview.