The Pittsburgh Penguins have named Jacques Martin special assistant to the head coach, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford and head coach Mike Johnston.
Martin will travel with the team and serve as an ‘eye in the sky’ observing and analyzing the team from the media level while working directly with Coach Johnston and his staff.
“We are excited to have Jacques Martin back as part of our staff for next season,” Johnston said. “Last year, Jacques was primarily responsible for all the pre-scouts. This season he will take on an expanded role as an eye in the sky for games and provide post-game analysis while also continuing with pre-scouting duties.”
The 2015-16 season will be Martin’s third with the Penguins organization. The 62 year old was a special advisor to general manager Jim Rutherford last season. Martin served as an assistant coach for the club during the ’13-14 season.
The Saint-Pascal Baylon, Ontario native has over 25 years of NHL experience as a general manager, head coach and assistant coach with Pittsburgh, Montreal, Florida, Ottawa, Colorado/Quebec, Chicago and St. Louis.
Martin has won 613 games and made 12 playoff appearances in 17 seasons as an NHL head coach. He won the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s ‘most outstanding coach’ with Ottawa in 1999 and was a finalist for the award on three other occasions.
Martin won gold medals as an assistant coach for Team Canada at the 2002 Olympics and the 2004 World Cup of Hockey. He was also an assistant coach on the 2006 Canadian Olympic Team.
Before becoming an NHL coach, he spent three seasons coaching in the Ontario Hockey League – two as an assistant with the Peterborough Petes (1983-85) and one as head coach of the Guelph Platers (1985-86). He led Guelph to the Memorial Cup championship in ‘86, winning the Matt Leyden Trophy as the OHL’s top coach.