Pittsburgh Penguins’ Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero announced today that Todd Reirden has been selected as Assistant Coach, filling the vacancy left by Mike Yeo. Yeo left earlier this summer to become head coach for the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League (AHL). Reirden is leaving his post as head coach of Pittsburgh’s AHL affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (WBS) Penguins. The new assignment will re-establish the coaching relationship that he had previously held with Dan Bylsma at the AHL level. Their association, however, dates back to their college days at Bowling Green State University in the early 1990s.
Reirden comes with a diverse background of both playing and coaching hockey. Drafted in the 12th round by the New Jersey Devils in 1990 (242nd overall), the defenseman spent 4 years at Bowling Green State University and another 4 years in the ECHL and IHL before getting called up to play for the Edmonton Oilers in 1998. In his playing career, he had a total of 183 games at the NHL Level between the Edmonton Oilers, St Louis Blues, Atlanta Thrashers and the Phoenix Coyotes. He played a total of 13 professional seasons as a defenseman seeing action in 533 games in the AHL, IHL and ECHL before retiring in 2007. After his playing career was over, Reirden spent the 2007-2008 season as an assistant coach for Bowling Green. He then spent a year and a half as an assistant under Dan Byslma for the WBS Penguins before taking over as head coach in February 2009 when Bylsma was brought up to Pittsburgh to replace Michel Therrien. He has already made lasting contributions to the NHL Penguins by serving as the Penguins’ ‘eye in the sky’ during the 2009 Stanley Cup winning season, reporting to the coaching staff via headset and during intermissions. An NHL defenseman for parts of five seasons, it is anticipated that he will work closely with the Penguins’ new defensive corps.