Gordon Instrumental In Providence Turnaround

ECHL.com Note – Scott 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. 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.

By Joe McDonald
Providence Journal Sports Writer

NORTH SMITHFIELD, R.I. — Providence Bruins coach Scott Gordon has a wealth of hockey knowledge, proven by the fact he has led his team to the Eastern Conference finals.

His work ethic and enthusiasm have rubbed off on his players, but most of all he has their attention and respect. The P-Bruins realize their bench boss is all business.

Gordon was instrumental in the team’s turnaround when it was struggling during parts of December and January. With the team fading from playoff contention, Gordon explained exactly to his players exactly what they needed to do down the stretch to earn a postseason berth. Gordon obviously got his team’s attention.

Providence earned the fourth and final playoff spot in the Atlantic Division, beat the top-seeded Manchester Monarchs in the first round before sending the Lowell Lock Monsters packing in the second round.

Now, it’s on to Philadelphia to face the Phantoms in a series that begins Friday night.

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