Former Penguins left winger Randy Cunneyworth, a long-time coach in the Bufffalo Sabres minor league system, is finally getting his chance to coach in the NHL. Cunneyworth has been named an assistant coach with the Atlanta Thrashers, on the staff of new head coach John Anderson.
Cunneyworth, known for his grit and competitiveness, played 295 games for the Penguis from 1985-89, recording 101 goals and 115 assist for 261 points with 513 penalty minutes. His best season was 1987-88, when he had 35 goals, 39 assists and 74 points in 71 games. He also played for Buffalo, Winnipeg, Hartford, Chicago and Ottawa.
Cunneyworth, 47, was head coach of Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League for the past eight seasons, going 306-267-67.
Atlanta also hired former Penguin Todd Nelson as an assistant coach. Nelson, a defenseman, was the Penguins’ fourth-round draft pick in 1989 but played only one game for the team, in 1991-92.