Head Coach for Washington Capitals 2023
Washington Capitals head coach Spencer Carbery was hired on May 30, 2023. Carbery previously worked for the Toronto Maple Leafs as an assistant coach for two seasons.
He was selected as the head coach of the AHL's Hershey Bears in June 2018. He led the Bears to the Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy in 2021 as the league's regular-season champion. For his excellence, Spencer was awarded the Louis A. R. Pieri Memorial Award.
He became an assistant coach of the Providence Bruins for the 2017-18 season. Carbery spent the previous season as a head coach with the Saginaw Spirit of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL).
Spencer started his coaching career with the ECHL's South Carolina Stingrays in 2010 as an assistant coach. During the 2010-11 season, he helped the Stingrays lead the regular season of the league with a record of 37-29-3-3. The team advanced to the 2011 Kelly Cup playoffs.
When Carbery was named the head coach of the Stingrays in July 2011, he became the youngest head coach in the ECHL during that time.
In addition to his head coaching role, he was also selected as the director of hockey operations. The coach left the Stingrays later in 2016.
As a player, Carbery played in the ECHL with the Bakersfield Condors, Stockton Thunder, Fresno Falcons, and the Stingrays from 2007 through 2010. Sadly, he remained undrafted in the NHL.
The former player appeared in the CHL in the 2006-07 season with the Tulsa Oilers. Spencer started his professional playing with the Cowichan Valley Capitals of BCHL in 2000-01.