Monday, August 04, 2008

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.”

“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.”
A lot of AHL coaching hires lately.

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.
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10 Comments:

At 10:30 PM, August 04, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now the question is whether Dennis Bonvie will be his assistant or not.

Wow, interesting about LA after all the rumors that Mike Johnston was going to get the head job. And what are the odds Hit--uh, "Dave Lewis" ever finds a head coaching job in the NHL again...

 
At 11:47 PM, August 04, 2008, Blogger Joe said...

1) I do believe David Aebischer has his own website, complete with his own fan club. I dunno if he beats Dan Bylsma though.

2) Hey, I was born in Grand Haven!

3) Dave Lewis gets another NHL job, but it will come after a stint as someone else's assistant, or maybe a minor league head coach. I'd guess about 6 years down the line.

 
At 10:20 AM, August 05, 2008, Blogger Jonathan said...

I do believe David Aebischer has his own website, complete with his own fan club. I dunno if he beats Dan Bylsma though.

No, he doesn't. Dan Bylsma is possibly the least talented NHL player to ever have the calibre of career he did (career high in points=17; he's only cracked double digit points three times, he wasn't a bruiser, in 2000-01 he scored 1 goal in 82 GP, etc.). That isn't a knock on Bylsma; if anything it's a testament to his drive and character. He'll be a good coach.

 
At 10:46 AM, August 05, 2008, Blogger Doogie2K said...

That isn't a knock on Bylsma; if anything it's a testament to his drive and character. He'll be a good coach.

I don't think drive and character have anything at all to do with good coaching. My idea of good coaching is more about communication, teaching, and motivation. And, of course, knowledge, but that bit, at least, seems to be implicit.

 
At 11:00 AM, August 05, 2008, Blogger Nick said...

"here's a shot of me hooking steve yzerman"

 
At 11:23 AM, August 05, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's really slow time in hockey news front.

At least Peter Forsberg is going to test his ankle on ice again so this news will hit North America soon. It's already in Aftonbladet.

 
At 12:54 PM, August 05, 2008, Blogger Earl Sleek said...

My idea of good coaching is more about communication, teaching, and motivation.

I think Bylsma's probably good on those fronts, too. He was a good player/teacher on the fourth line/pk on Anaheim, and I think he's a fabulous candidate to become a quality coach.

Way to go, Bylsma!

 
At 12:57 PM, August 05, 2008, Blogger James Mirtle said...

I don't think drive and character have anything at all to do with good coaching. My idea of good coaching is more about communication, teaching, and motivation. And, of course, knowledge, but that bit, at least, seems to be implicit.

Hard work is a huge part of being a coach, too, even for the best of the best.

 
At 5:08 PM, August 05, 2008, Blogger Doogie2K said...

I guess I shouldn't have phrased that as I did. I was trying to say that those aren't the things that make me say, "that guy will be a good coach." They're good, even necessary, qualities, but I'm more inclined to look at something like Earl's comment than "drive and character." Unless you're a superior talent, you can't get by in pro sport without those things.

 
At 10:12 PM, August 05, 2008, Blogger Jonathan said...

I guess I shouldn't have phrased that as I did. I was trying to say that those aren't the things that make me say, "that guy will be a good coach." They're good, even necessary, qualities, but I'm more inclined to look at something like Earl's comment than "drive and character." Unless you're a superior talent, you can't get by in pro sport without those things.

And I should have been clearer; when I think of Bylsma, I think drive and character. I read the book by him and his father as a young-teenage player (13 or 14 IIRC) and it had quite an impact on how I viewed the game. I'm pretty sure he's a good communicator, and I'm positive he has a good understanding of the game.

 

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