Islanders Name Bylsma As Assistant Coach

NEW YORK – The New York Islanders announced that they have hired former ECHL player Dan Bylsma as an assistant coach.

The 35-year-old Bylsma began his professional career in the ECHL with the Greensboro Monarchs, scoring 60 points (25g-35a) in 60 games in 1992-93 and 30 points (14g-16a) in 25 games in 1993-94.

Bylsma began his coaching career as an assistant coach with Cincinnati of the American Hockey League in 2004-05.

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, scoring 62 points (19g-43a) in 429 career NHL games.

There are now 10 assistant coaches in the NHL with ties to the ECHL as Bylsma joins Wayne Cashman with Boston, Bruce Cassidy with Chicago, Dave Farrish with Anaheim, Peter Horachek with Nashville, Charlie Huddy with Edmonton, Jamie Kompon with St. Louis, Brian McCutcheon with Buffalo, Jim Playfair with Calgary, and Barry Smith with Vancouver.

Peter Laviolette, who began his coaching career with Wheeling in the ECHL, is head coach of the Carolina Hurricanes and will be the head coach of the 2006 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team. In addition to Laviolette, former ECHL coaches that have been head coaches in the National Hockey League are Bruce Cassidy, Dave Allison and John Torchetti.