PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League announced that head coach Scott Gordon has been given a two-year contract extension.
Promoted from assistant coach in July 2003, Gordon enters his third season as head coach and his sixth season overall with Providence. The 42-year-old Gordon led the Bruins to the conference finals in 2004-05 after finishing fourth in the regular season at 40-30-3-7 and 90 points.
Gordon played for Johnstown in 1988-89 and on January 30, 1990 he became the first ECHL player to play in the National Hockey League when he made his debut with the Quebec Nordiques against the Buffalo Sabres. Gordon returned to the ECHL with Nashville in 1992-93 and Knoxville in 1993-94.
Following three years as an assistant coach and head coach in the International Hockey League, Gordon was named head coach of Roanoke in 1998-99, leading the Express to a 38-22-10 record, finishing atop the Northern Conference standings, and a berth in the Kelly Cup Playoffs, where it lost in the Northern Conference Finals. In Gordon’s second season behind the bench in 1999-2000, Roanoke went 44-20-6 and set team records for wins (44) and points (94) while finishing atop the Northeast Division standings and again advancing to the Kelly Cup Playoffs.