PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League announced that former ECHL player Todd Reirden has been named as assistant coach for 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 head coach of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is former ECHL player Dan Bylsma. There are nine head coaches and 17 assistant coaches in the AHL who are former coaches or players in the ECHL. The AHL Coach of the Year award has been won by a former ECHL coach each of the last three seasons and seven times in the last eight years. The winner in 2007-08 was Scott Gordon, who coached Roanoke to back-to-back first-place finishes in 1998-99 and 1999-2000.
The 37-year-old Reirden worked as an assistant coach in 2007-08 at his alma mater Bowling Green University where he and Bylsma were teammates from 1990-92.
The former defenseman played in the ECHL in each of his first two professional seasons and had 60 points (9g-51a) and 145 penalty minutes in 91 regular season games and nine points (2g-7a) and 14 penalty minutes in 14 postseason games for Jacksonville, Raleigh and Tallahassee from 1994-96.
Reirden played five seasons in the NHL from 1998-2004 and had 46 points (11g-35a) and 181 penalty minutes in 183 regular season games with Atlanta, Edmonton, Phoenix and St. Louis and one assist in five Stanley Cup Playoff games with St. Louis.