Gordon gets extension with Phantoms

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The Philadelphia Flyers have signed Lehigh Valley Phantoms head coach Scott Gordon to a contract extension, the team announced Tuesday.

Gordon, 55, is in his third season behind the Phantoms’ bench. In 2016-17, Gordon guided Lehigh Valley to a record of 48-23-5-0 — the franchise’s best mark in 20 years — and their first postseason appearance since 2009.

So far this season, the Phantoms sit atop the Atlantic Division with a mark of 40-16-3-4.

A native of Brockton, Mass., Gordon has a career record of 343-242-39 over parts of nine seasons with the Phantoms and the Providence Bruins. He ranks 11th all-time in victories among American Hockey League head coaches, and won the Louis A.R. Pieri Award in 2007-08 as the AHL’s outstanding coach.

Before joining the Flyers organization in 2015, Gordon served as an assistant coach with the Toronto Maple Leafs for three seasons and was head coach of the New York Islanders for parts of three seasons from 2008-11.

Among his extensive international experience with USA Hockey, Gordon has served as an assistant coach for the U.S. men’s team at the 2010 Olympics (silver medal), and for Team USA at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Gordon played eight professional seasons from 1986-94, including 150 games in the AHL with the Halifax Citadels and New Haven Nighthawks.