Steve Spott introduces his 7 Second Rule, which provides coaches and players a philosophy to work within, regardless of the system used.
Steve Spott has worked his way up through the coaching ranks, from Plymouth in OHL, to a stint in AHL with the Toronto Marlies, then from San Jose to Las Vegas, to Dallas, where he currently resides as an Assistant Coach with the NHL’s Stars. In this presentation from 2015, Spott analyzes the characteristics of successful power plays at the OHL, AHL and NHL levels and considers what makes each tick. He also introduces his 7 Second Rule, which provides coaches and players a philosophy to work within, regardless of the system you use.
The Stars are currently battling the Seattle Kraken in the second round of the NHL Playoffs, with the Stars boasting the fourth best power play in the post-season so far. Clearly Spott knows his stuff!
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Steve Spott is the Assistant Coach of the Dallas Stars. Prior to that, he spent three seasons with the Vegas Golden Knights, which he joined in 2019 alongside long-time coaching partner Pete DeBoer. Spott also coached with DeBoer the four previous seasons with the San Jose Sharks.
A native to Toronto, Canada, Spott began his coaching career with Seneca College of the CCAA where he quickly moved through the junior hockey ranks. Spott spent a few years with the Markham Waxers and Plymouth Whalers before solidifying a role with the OHL’s Kitchener Rangers as an Assistant General Manager/Assistant Coach. Throughout a 12 year run with the Rangers, Spott was promoted to GM and Head Coach and also spent time at the International level, winning a World Junior Championship Gold Medal in 2010 as an Assistant Coach with Team Canada.
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