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Pete DeBoer fired by Golden Knights

The Knights have parted ways with its head coach after missing the postseason for the first time in franchise history.

Vegas Golden Knights head coach Pete DeBoer speaks with the media after a victory over the Washington Capitals at T-Mobile Arena on April 20, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Jeff Bottari/NHLI via Getty Images

The Vegas Golden Knights parted with head coach Pete DeBoer on Monday. The news was first reported by Elliotte Friedman and confirmed by the franchise shortly afterwards.

The firing comes after the conclusion of the 2021-22 season where the Knights posted a 43-31-8 record and just missed the cut for the playoffs in the Western Conference.

DeBoer was hired by the Vegas to replace Gerard Gallant in January of 2020 just one month after being fired by the San Jose Sharks. He’d do well guiding the Knights in the pandemic-affected season, claiming the Pacific Division title and making it all the way to the Western Conference Finals in the bubble.

He’d lead the team to a 40-14-2 record and back to the postseason in the 2020-21 season, where they fell to the Montreal Canadiens in the second round. Vegas would not qualify for the postseason for the first time in franchise history this season, prompting a move to be made by ownership.