Bylsma Named Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Head Coach

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League announced that former ECHL player Dan Bylsma has been named head coach of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League.

The Wheeling Nailers are the ECHL affiliate of Pittsburgh of the NHL and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL.

The 37 year old, who has been an assistant coach for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton the last two seasons, began his professional career in the ECHL and had 60 points (25g-35a) in 60 games as a rookie in 1992-93 and 30 points (14g-16a) in 25 games in 1993-94.

Selected in the sixth round (109th overall) by the Winnipeg Jets in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft, Bylsma played nine seasons in the NHL with Anaheim and Los Angeles and had 62 points (19g-43a) in 429 career NHL games.

He began his coaching career as an assistant coach with Cincinnati in the AHL in 2004-05 and the following season worked as an assistant coach for the New York Islanders of the NHL.