Bylsma to coach Baby Pens
Dan Bylsma has been named head coach of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, it was announced Monday by Pittsburgh Penguins Assistant General Manager Chuck Fletcher. He becomes the fifth head coach in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton history.
“Dan is one of the brightest young coaches in the American Hockey League, and is more than ready to take on the role of guiding the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins,” said Fletcher. “He has already helped in the development of several players who have made an impact in Pittsburgh, and his two years behind the bench in Wilkes-Barre give him a unique knowledge of our top prospects.”A lot of AHL coaching hires lately.
“I am extremely excited about the opportunity to continue my coaching career with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins,” said Bylsma. “It’s been a goal of mine to become a head coach in the American Hockey League, and I can’t think of a better place to have that goal come to fruition.”
Dan Bylsma might actually be the answer to "who's the most fringe NHL player with his own website?"
A native of Grand Haven, Michigan, Bylsma had a quiet 429 game NHL career with the Kings and Ducks as a serviceable defensive forward, and has climbed the coaching ranks quickly. It's actually not a surprise he went into coaching, as he was always very interested in the technical aspects of the game.
He was an assistant coach with the Islanders in 2005-06 under Steve Stirling and Brad Shaw, but has been with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton the past two years.
Bylsma was very popular as a member of the Ducks and was an alternate captain at one point. He also hosts an annual hockey school in Grand Rapids, authors children's books with his father and takes questions from fans on his website.
Elsewhere, Kevin Dineen is staying on as Portland's head coach. The Pirates will be affiliated with the Sabres next season after years as Anaheim's farm club.
The Kings, meanwhile, named Mark Hardy, Jamie Kompon and Nelson Emerson assistant coaches. Hardy comes from the Blackhawks, where he was an assistant under Denis Savard.
Former head coach Marc Crawford's assistants, Mike Johnston and Dave Lewis, were not retained.