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by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pittsburgh Penguins have named Dan Bylsma an assistant coach for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, it was announced Thursday by General Manager Ray Shero.

Bylsma, 35, began his coaching career in 2004 as an assistant coach with the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks of the American Hockey League.

He coached there for one season before being named an assistant coach with the New York Islanders for the 2005-06 season.

A native of Grand Haven, Michigan, Bylsma played 12 professional seasons, including 429 NHL games with the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks.

A right wing during his playing career, Bylsma was selected by the Winnipeg Jets in the sixth round (109th overall) of the 1989 Entry Draft.

He made his professional debut with the Greensboro Monarchs (ECHL) in 1992 and finished third on the team with 60 points in 60 games.

Bylsma also made his AHL debut that season, playing in two games with the Rochester Americans. Bylsma cracked the National Hockey League with the Kings in 1995-96 and appeared in 220 games with Los Angeles in parts of five seasons.

He joined the Ducks prior to the 2000-01 season and was a member of the club that advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2003.

Prior to turning pro, Bylsma played four seasons at Bowling Green University (1988-92), where he recorded 87 points (37+50) in 157 games with the Falcons.


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