Todd Reirden Named Head Coach of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
/ Pittsburgh Penguins
Todd Reirden has been named head coach of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League , the top minor-league affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins. The announcement was made today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.
Reirden agreed to a multi-year deal as head coach. He had served as interim head coach at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton since Feb. 18, after Dan Bylsma had been promoted to Pittsburgh.
"Todd clearly demonstrated his ability to be an AHL head coach by stepping into a challenging situation at mid-season and doing a terrific job for the Penguins organization," Shero said. "We have been very fortunate to have such outstanding young coaches as Todd Richards and Dan Bylsma in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, and we believe that Todd will follow in their footsteps and continue the excellent coaching tradition with our AHL franchise."
Reirden, 37, led the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins to a 14-9-3 record in the last 26 games of the regular season, finishing third in the East Division. The Penguins advanced past the Bridgeport Sound in five games of the East Division Semifinals before falling short to the Hershey Bears in seven games of the East Division Finals.
A former defenseman in the National Hockey League, Reirden joined the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton coaching staff as an assistant coach on August 18, 2008. Reirden spent the 2007-08 season as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Bowling Green State University. Reirden and Bylsma played together at Bowling Green during the 1990-91 and 1991-92 seasons.
The native of Deerfield, Illinois played 13 professional seasons before retiring after the 2006-07 campaign with the Graz EC of the Austrian Hockey League.
The blue-liner was originally selected by the New Jersey Devils in the 12th round (242nd overall) of the 1990 Entry Draft. Reirden appeared in 183 NHL games with the Edmonton Oilers, St. Louis Blues, Atlanta Thrashers and Phoenix Coyotes between 1998 and 2004. He collected 46 points (11 goals, 35 assists) and 181 penalty minutes in the NHL. He combined for an additional 533 games in the AHL, IHL and ECHL during his career.