By Brian Compton
NHL.com Staff Writer
UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Just a few hours before he was formally introduced as the 14th head coach in New York Islanders history, former ECHL player and coach Scott Gordon decided to sit down and have breakfast with his family.
It was then when they first felt like they were home.
“Wow,” said Gordon’s wife, Jennifer, an Atlanta native. “Real bagels.”
Welcome to New York.
Gordon, 45, saw a dream come to fruition Wednesday afternoon at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. After doing nothing but win the past five seasons at the American League Hockey level with the Providence Bruins, Gordon is finally getting his chance in the NHL.
The reigning AHL Coach of the Year, Gordon guided the Boston Bruins’ top affiliate to a record of 55-18-3 in 2007-08. Over the course of five seasons in Providence, Gordon compiled a record of 221-141-20-27.
The numbers certainly indicate that Gordon, who was the first ECHL player to play in the NHL, was deserving of this chance. Now, it’s up to the former Quebec Nordiques’ netminder to prove that Isles General Manager Garth Snow made the correct choice.
Standing at the podium addressing the New York media for the first time — as well as players Bill Guerin, Rick DiPietro and 2008 first-round pick Josh Bailey — Gordon made no bones about what the goal on Long Island will be when training camp begins next month.
“The first step that our team is going to have to understand from Day One is you have to have the belief that you’re going to win the Stanley Cup,” Gordon said. “To do that, you have to believe that you can win every game. I can’t wait to get started.”