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by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pittsburgh Penguins have named Gilles Meloche as the team’s goaltending coach, it was announced Thursday by General Manager Ray Shero.

Meloche served as the Penguins’ goaltending coach from 1989-2004 and has served as an amateur scout for the Penguins for the last 17 years.  Meloche served in the dual role on both Penguins’ Stanley Cup champion teams in 1991 and 1992.

In his new role, Meloche will coach and evaluate the goaltenders both in Pittsburgh and with the Penguins’ American Hockey League affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

“Gilles brings a tremendous amount of experience and passion to this position,” Shero said. “We think he’ll do a great job working with our goaltenders here and in Wilkes-Barre, and in assisting our scouting staff in the evaluation of goaltending prospects.”

A native of Montreal, Quebec, Meloche spent 18 seasons as an NHL goaltender with the Chicago Blackhawks, California Golden Seals, Cleveland Barons and Minnesota North Stars before playing his final three seasons with the Penguins.  He appeared in 788 NHL games during his career, posting a record of 270-351-131, with a 3.64 goals against average.  In 45 career playoff games, he posted a 21-19 record and a 3.48 goals against average.

Meloche and his wife Sophie reside in Rosemere, Quebec.  He has a daughter, Annie, and a son, Eric, who is now with the Chicago Blackhawks organization.


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