Gilles Meloche, who has been with the Penguins’ organization for parts of four decades, is stepping down as the team’s full-time goaltending coach and has been named a special assignment scout.
Meloche, 62, recently completed his 27th season with the Penguins and his seventh as full-time goaltending coach.
“Gilles believes it’s the right time in his life and his career to move back into a scouting role,” General Manager Ray Shero said. “He has been an invaluable member of this organization since arriving in Pittsburgh as a player in 1985 and has been on the staff for three Stanley Cup championships. He’s been a scout, a goaltending consultant and a full-time goaltending coach, providing great leadership for our goaltenders and prospects. He will continue to be an asset as a special assignment scout.”
Meloche played 788 NHL games over 18 seasons as a goaltender with Chicago, California, Cleveland, Minnesota and Pittsburgh. He played his final three seasons with the Penguins, retiring in 1988.
Meloche was a scout for the Penguins from 1990-2006, doubling as a goaltending coach/consultant during much of that time. He was named full-time goaltending coach for the 2006-07 season.