San Jose Sharks fire head coach Peter DeBoer

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- San Jose Sharks coach Peter DeBoer has been fired, a person with direct knowledge of the move said. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the firing hadn't been formally announced.

The 51-year-old DeBoer was fired a day after the Sharks' 3-1 loss at Nashville.

The move comes amid a five-game losing streak and overall current record of 15-16-2, which puts them in 6th place in the Pacific Division.

DeBoer was 198-129-4 in parts of five seasons with San Jose.

He led them to the playoffs in all four of his past seasons, including a Stanley Cup Final in 2016. The series went six games before the Sharks ultimately fell to the Pittsburg Penguins.

He also has coached New Jersey and Florida

DeBoer is the fifth NHL coach to lose his job this season and the third for performance reasons.

New Jersey canned John Hynes and Toronto fired Mike Babcock after rough starts, while Calgary accepted Bill Peters' resignation following allegations of abuse in previous organizations and Dallas dismissed Jim Montgomery on Tuesday citing unprofessional conduct.''

The Sharks host the New York Rangers on Thursday night.

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