Rob Zettler enters his second season as assistant coach under
Peter DeBoer. Zettler will take the lead role in development
of the team’s defensemen and manage the defensive
Well-versed with the Sharks organization, he formerly
served as an assistant coach under Head Coach Ron Wilson
from 2002 through 2008. During that span, the Sharks
posted a 206-134-45 record and a .535 winning percentage, captured two Pacific Division
Championships (2004, 2008) and a berth in the Western Conference Final in 2004. Zettler
also served as an assistant coach under Head Coach Ron Wilson with the Toronto Maple Leafs
from 2008 through 2012.
Most recently, Zettler served as the head coach of the Syracuse Crunch in the American
Hockey League. Hired in July 2012 by the Tampa Bay Lightning to be an assistant coach with
Syracuse, Zettler was named the head coach of the Crunch on March 25, 2013, following
the promotion of Jon Cooper to be Tampa Bay’s head coach. That season, Zettler coached
Syracuse for the final 11 regular season games and led the team to an AHL Eastern Conference
Championship and its first appearance in a Calder Cup Final, before falling in six games to
the Grand Rapids Griffins. In three-plus seasons behind the Syracuse bench, Zettler posted a
Zettler, 49, became an “original Shark” when he was claimed by the expansion San Jose
Sharks from the Minnesota North Stars in the 1991 Dispersal Draft, becoming one of the
first two players in team history. Originally drafted 55th overall in the 1986 NHL Draft by
Minnesota, Zettler played 196 games in three seasons (1991-94) with the Sharks, recording
19 points (one goal, 18 assists). In 569 NHL games with Minnesota, San Jose, Philadelphia,
Toronto, Nashville and Washington, Zettler posted 70 points (five goals, 65 assists).
A native of Sault Ste. Marie, ON, Zettler and his wife, Shannon have three children; Laney,
Emma and Robert.
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Dave Barr enters his second season as an assistant coach
with San Jose. Barr will serve as the Sharks “eye-in-the-sky” on
Peter DeBoer’s staff.
Barr has spent the past nine seasons coaching in various
capacities in the NHL, serving most recently as an associate
coach of the Florida Panthers during the 2016-17 season.
Prior to his time in Florida, Barr served as an NHL assistant
coach for eight seasons, with stops in Buffalo (2015-16), New
Jersey (2011-15), Minnesota (2009-11) and Colorado (2008-09). Barr was a member of Peter
DeBoer’s coaching staff during his four-year tenure with New Jersey, helping the team reach the
2012 Stanley Cup Final.
The 56-year-old Barr spent four seasons as the head coach and general manager of the
Guelph Storm in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) from 2004-08, leading the team to a 130-
106-10-26 record and included four trips to the post-season. Serving solely as general manager
during the 03-04 season, Barr help Guelph capture the OHL championship. He was named
the Matt Leyden Trophy winner as the OHL’s Coach of the Year in 2005-06. In addition, he
was selected to coach Canada’s National Summer Under-18 Team at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial
Tournament in 2007.
Prior to his OHL coaching tenure, Barr spent three seasons (1997-2000) as an assistant
coach with the Houston Aeros and one season as the team’s head coach (2000-01), helping
the team set a franchise record with a league-leading 54-15-13 record en route to the IHL Turner
Cup. He transitioned to the team’s general manager for two seasons (2001-03), helping the
team win a Calder Cup in 2003.
Barr collected 332 points (128 goals, 204 assists) and 520 penalty minutes in 614 NHL
games played during his 13-season NHL career with Boston, the New York Rangers, St. Louis,
Hartford, Detroit, New Jersey and Dallas. He finished his playing career as a player/assistant
coach in the IHL with the Orlando Solar Bears from 1995-97, his first foray into coaching.
The Toronto native and his wife, Debbie, have two children, a daughter Allison and a son,
Johan Hedberg, who developed as an NHL prospect in the
San Jose Sharks organization, returns to San Jose for his fourth
season as an assistant coach and goaltending coach on Peter
Hedberg, 45, spent the previous five seasons in the New Jersey
He has served as the goaltending coach for the Albany
Devils, the AHL affiliate of the New Jersey franchise. Previously, he worked as a special
assignment scout for the Devils, which was preceded by three seasons as one half of a
goaltending tandem with future Hall of Famer Martin Brodeur.
In twelve seasons as an NHL goaltender with Pittsburgh, Vancouver, Dallas, Atlanta and
New Jersey, Hedberg posted a 161-143-36 mark in 373 games with 22 shutouts and 2.82
Originally drafted by Philadelphia in the ninth round (218th overall) in the 1994 NHL Draft,
Hedberg was acquired by the Sharks in a 1997 trade and spent the next four seasons developing
under the late Warren Strelow and former Assistant General Manager Wayne Thomas. At
that time, the Sharks goaltending prospect pool included Hedberg, Evgeni Nabokov, Miikka
Kiprusoff and Vesa Toskala. Hedberg spent the entire 1999-00 season playing for the Kentucky
Thoroughblades (AHL), then San Jose’s AHL affiliate, under current San Jose Barracuda Head
Coach Roy Sommer.
In March 2001, he was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Later that season, Hedberg led
the Penguins on their Cinderella-run to the Eastern Conference Final, defeating Olaf Kolzig and
Dominik Hasek and, in the process, earning his trademark “Moose” nickname because of the
Manitoba Moose logo emblazoned upon his goalie helmet.
Among Swedish-born goaltenders, Hedberg ranks third all-time with 161 NHL victories,
trailing only Henrik Lundqvist (431) and Tommy Salo (210).
Internationally, Hedberg has represented his native Sweden numerous times, including the
Winter Olympics (2002 & 1998), World Championships (1999-bronze medal, 1998-gold
medal, 1997-silver medal & 1994-bronze) and the World Cup of Hockey (1996).
Hedberg and his wife, Pernilla, have three daughters: Molly, Wilma and Bia.
Steve Spott enters his fourth season with San Jose as an
assistant coach on Peter DeBoer’s staff. Spott’s primary
responsibilities center around the power play and offensive
Spott, 50, most recently spent the 2014-15 season as an
assistant coach for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
A native of Toronto, Ont., Spott spent two seasons with
the Maple Leafs organization, serving as the head coach of
the Maple Leafs American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate Toronto Marlies in 2013-14. He led
the team to a record of 45-25-2-4, winning the North Division title and earning a spot in the
Western Conference Final, where the Marlies fell in seven games to the eventual Calder Cupwinning
Prior to his time with the Toronto organization, Spott coached in the Ontario Hockey League
(OHL) with both the Kitchener Rangers and the Plymouth Whalers. He was hired by Plymouth
in 1997 and spent four seasons on DeBoer’s staff as an assistant/associate coach, before
both he and DeBoer joined Kitchener in 2001. Spott spent his first seven seasons in Kitchener
as an assistant coach under DeBoer, helping lead the Rangers to the 2003 Memorial Cup
Spott was hired as Kitchener’s head coach and general manager in 2008 following
DeBoer’s departure to the NHL. In five seasons, Spott guided the Rangers to a record of 187-
121-32, four playoff berths and two trips to the Western Conference Final.
Spott also boasts significant international coaching experience. In the summer of 2008, he
was an assistant coach with Team Canada at the under-18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament,
helping Canada win the gold medal. In 2010, he won a silver medal as an assistant coach
with Team Canada at the World Junior Hockey Championships in Saskatchewan. The following
year he led Canada to a gold medal as head coach of the under-18 team at the 2011 Ivan
Hlinka Memorial Tournament in the Czech Republic. Spott was also appointed head coach of
Team Canada at the 2013 World Junior Hockey Championships in Ufa, Russia.
During his playing career, Spott registered 148 points (75 goals, 73 assists) in 121 games
as a forward at Colgate University. He would go on to play 20 games for the Newmarket
Saints of the AHL before finishing his playing career with Heerenveen in the Netherlands.
Spott and his wife, Lisa, have two children; Tyler and Emma.