Leafs name Horachek, Spott assistants

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Friday that Peter Horachek and Steve Spott have been named assistant coaches on Randy Carlyle’s staff.

Both Horachek and Spott coached in the American Hockey League in 2013-14.

Horachek, 54, served as head coach of the Florida Panthers after being named interim coach on Nov. 8, 2014. In 66 games under Horachek, the Panthers posted a 26-36-4 record. The Stoney Creek, Ont., native served as head coach of the AHL’s San Antonio Rampage at the beginning of the 2013-14 season before his appointment with the Panthers.

Prior to his stint in San Antonio, Horachek had spent nine seasons as an assistant coach with the Nashville Predators (2003-13), serving his last two years as associate head coach. While working for the Predators, he helped the club advance to the postseason on seven occasions.

Horachek has also served as head coach for the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals in 2002-03.

Spott, 46, served as head coach of the Toronto Marlies during the 2013-14 season, winning the North Division title in the regular season and advancing to the Western Conference Finals.

The Toronto native was named the Marlies’ fourth head coach on July 3, 2013, after spending 12 seasons with the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League.