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Islanders hire Gordon

Posted by Kevin Paul Dupont, Globe Staff  August 12, 2008 08:26 PM

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Scott Gordon, Boston’s top coach in Providence (AHL) the past five seasons, has been named the new coach of the New York Islanders.

The 45-year-old ex-Boston College goalie was among a long list of candidates, including ex-Bruins coach Mike Sullivan, interviewed for the job by Islanders general manager Garth Snow. Over the weekend, it was widely reported that Snow narrowed his search list to include Gordon, ex-Maple Leafs coach Paul Maurice, and ex-Thrashers bench boss Bob Hartley.

‘‘I just found the coach that’s the right coach for our organization,’’ Snow told Newsday. ‘‘Scott Gordon really stood out.’’

Snow, entering his third season as Islander GM, severed ties with coach Ted Nolan July 14.

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