Capitals hire Spencer Carbery to be next head coach


The Washington Capitals announced Spencer Carbery has been hired to be the 20th head coach in franchise history Tuesday.

“Spencer is one of the best young coaches in the game who’s had success at every level at which he has coached," general manager Brian MacLellan said in a statement. "We feel his leadership, communication skills, ability to develop players and familiarity with our organization will be a tremendous asset as he makes this next step in his coaching career.”

Carbery, 41, who spent the past two seasons as an assistant with the Toronto Maple Leafs, returns to the organization after he was the head coach of Washington’s AHL affiliate the Hershey Bears from 2018 to 2021.

“It’s a tremendous honor and privilege to be named the head coach of the Washington Capitals,” Carbery said, via a statement. “I would like to thank the Capitals organization for affording me the opportunity to lead this team. I look forward to working with this group of talented players and building upon the winning culture in place.

"I would also like to thank the Toronto Maple Leafs organization for all their support over the past two years and wish them all the best in the future.”

Carbery was responsible for the Leafs' power play and forwards and in his first season there, Toronto ranked first in the league in power play percentage and made a 7.3-percent jump from the previous season. And in his two seasons in charge, the team converted on 26.6 percent of man-advantage opportunities, the second-highest rate in the NHL.

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