The Pittsburgh Penguins have named Mike Buckley goalie development coach, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.
Buckley, 36, will be responsible for working with and assisting in the development of goalie prospects and players throughout the Penguins’ organization.
A native of Haverhill, Massachusetts, Buckley spent the 2012-13 season as the goaltending coach at the University of New Hampshire, where he helped the Wildcats advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. He also worked as a goaltending coach for USA Hockey.
Prior to working at New Hampshire, Buckley served five years as the goaltending coach at his alma mater, the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, from 2007-12. During that period he also served as a goalie consultant for the Columbus Blue Jackets (2010-12) and Dynamo Minsk of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).
In addition to his work with teams, Buckley has held the dual title of president/head instructor at Goaltending Development Services Inc. since 2004, where he trains National Hockey League, American Hockey League and college goaltenders throughout the season and summer months. At GDS, Buckley has worked with several of the NHL’s top netminders, including the Boston Bruins Tuukka Rask, the Los Angeles Kings Jonathan Quick and former Penguins goaltender Ty Conklin.
Following a four-year college career at UMass-Amherst that ended in 2000, Buckley played five seasons of professional hockey from 2000-05, including parts of three campaigns with the Mississippi Sea Wolves and Gwinnett Gladiators of the ECHL.
Buckley and his wife, Renee, welcomed a daughter, Mira, on Sept. 1.