2023 NHL All-Star Game: Bruce Cassidy to Coach Pacific Squad
Today the NHL officially announced which coaches would be standing behind the bench at the upcoming All-Star Game being held in Miami.
From the NHL:
Under the All-Star selection process, the head coach of the team with the highest points percentage (points earned divided by total possible points) in each of the four divisions through games of Wednesday, Jan. 11 – the halfway point of the regular season – guide the respective All-Star rosters.
Montgomery’s Bruins (.850, 32-4-4), DeBoer’s Stars (.667, 25-11-6), Brind’Amour’s Hurricanes (.695, 25‑9‑7) and Cassidy’s Golden Knights (.667, 27-13-2) all are assured of recording the highest points percentages in their respective divisions through Wednesday’s games.
DeBoer will be making his third All-Star Weekend appearance as a head coach, the most among the quartet. He previously led the Pacific Division All-Stars representing the San Jose Sharks in 2017 and Golden Knights in 2022. Brind’Amour (Hurricanes/Metropolitan Division in 2022) and Cassidy (Bruins/Atlantic Division in 2020) will be making their second appearance, while Montgomery will be making his All-Star head coaching debut.
The Vegas Golden Knights have gotten off to a great start, and Cassidy has done a good job to date. There is also the interesting act that three of the coaches involved in this game are intertwined with each other in terms of employment. Pete DeBoer was fired on May 16, 2022, and replaced by Bruce Cassidy who was fired on June 7 by the Bruins, who in turn replaced him with Jim Montgomery.
Logan Thompson was initially announced at the Golden Knights designated player representative, and fan voting is currently ongoing for additional players.