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Gordon was the first coaching hire for Snow, who became the team’s general manager the same day he retired from the Islanders as the backup goalie. Gordon had been the coach at AHL Providence for six seasons before joining the Islanders, winning league coach of the year honors in his final season with the Boston Bruins’ affiliate.

“It’s very disappointing,” Snow said. “It’s a situation where Scott is an excellent coach and a good friend. It’s been a great experience to work with him the past three seasons.”

Gordon was an assistant coach on the U.S. men’s Olympic hockey team that won a silver medal this year at the Vancouver Games.