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Capitals tab Spencer Carbery as next coach

Field Level Media
31 May 2023, 02:05 GMT+10

The Washington Capitals named Spencer Carbery their new head coach on Tuesday.

Carbery has spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He formerly was the head coach of the Hershey Bears -- the Capitals' American Hockey League affiliate -- from 2018-21.

"Spencer is one of the best young coaches in the game who's had success at every level at which he has coached," Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan said in a statement. "We feel his leadership, communication skills, ability to develop players and familiarity with our organization will be a tremendous asset as he makes this next step in his coaching career."

Carbery, 41, also played for the East Coast Hockey League's South Carolina Stingrays in 2010. The Stingrays are the current affiliate of Washington.

"It's a tremendous honor and privilege to be named the head coach of the Washington Capitals," Carbery said. "I look forward to working with this group of talented players and building upon the winning culture in place. I would also like to thank the Toronto Maple Leafs organization for all their support over the past two years and wish them all the best in the future."

The Capitals parted ways with head coach Peter Laviolette and assistants Kevin McCarthy and Blaine Forsythe last month.

Washington missed the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time since 2013-14, ending an eight-year streak of making the postseason. Laviolette's teams went 115-78-27 in his three-year stay, including a 35-37-10 mark in 2022-23.

--Field Level Media

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