Islanders officially name Doug Weight head coach

The New York Islanders announced today that Doug Weight has been named head coach of the team.



Weight was named interim head coach halfway through the 2016-17 season in January, after Jack Capuano was fired. He led the team to a 24-12-4 record in the last 40 games.



"Doug has earned this opportunity from the tremendous work he has put in over the past five seasons in our front office and especially from the time he took over as interim Head Coach earlier this season," President and General Manager Garth Snow said. "His leadership and experiences from both playing and behind the bench are valuable intangibles that not every coach can translate into a winning formula. He's gained the trust and respect from our entire team, making him the best choice to become Head Coach."



Weight will be the 19th head coach in Islanders history. He will also continue to serve as assistant general manager.



"I'm honored to be named head coach of such an historic franchise with one of the most passionate fan-bases in the NHL ," Weight said. "There is a deep history of winning with the Islanders and I look forward to doing everything in my power to return to the playoffs and have success."



Report from nhl.com helped contribute to this story.


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