Todd McLellan to Become Sharks' Head Coach

Danny PenzaSenior Writer IJune 11, 2008

The month long search to find the next head coach of the San Jose Sharks has come to an end with Detroit Red Wings assistant Todd McLellan set to be named head coach on Thursday.

McLellan, 40, who just won the Stanley Cup with the Wings, has agreed to a three-year contract after being an assistant to Mike Babcock the past three seasons.

“Todd McLellan has an excellent track record and has had success at every level of coaching in his career,” said Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson on the Sharks website. “He comes from one of the top organizations in all of sports and has been exposed to some of the brightest hockey minds in the game. We feel that Todd is an excellent fit for our hockey team.”

Before coming to the Red Wings, McLellan was Head Coach of the Houston Aeros in the American Hockey League where he captured the 2003 AHL Calder Cup Championship. In his 14 seasons as either an assistant or head coach, his teams have never missed the postseason.

“From the first moment Doug (Wilson) called to the moment he offered the job, I felt comfortable," McLellan said. "I think the Sharks have done a tremendous job. You don’t get that close to 50 wins for a number of years in a row without a lot of talent. It’s a matter of getting over the hump. There are some real parallels between the Wings and the Sharks.”