|Co-Owner and Chairman||Mario Lemieux was one of the greatest players in NHL history from 1984-97 and 2000-06, winning six league scoring titles, three MVP trophies and two Conn Smythe Trophies as playoff MVP in addition to two Stanley Cups. An immaculately gifted 6-4 centerman, he dominated play for parts of three decades despite a series of medical setbacks, including multiple back surgeries and a battle with hodgkin’s disease. He retired in 2006 as the No. 7 all-time scorer in NHL history with 1,723 points. He also ranked eighth all-time in goals (690) and 10th in assists (1,033).
In 1999, Mario Lemieux led a group of investors that bought the franchise out of bankruptcy. As team captain, Lemieux won Stanley Cups as a player with the Penguins in 1991 and 1992, and as presided over the Penguins 2009 Stanley Cup win as co-owner/chairman.
The new Consol Energy Center, currently under construction across the street from Mellon Arena, is a gleaming achievement of the Lemieux-Burkle era. After a lengthy quest for a new building that would ensure the team’s long-term future in Pittsburgh, the owners reached agreement on a new arena deal with Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato and Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl in March, 2007.
|Co-Owner||Burkle, widely recognized as one of the preeminent investors in retail, manufacturing and distribution industries, is in his 11th season as co-owner of the Penguins. He teamed with Mario Lemieux to buy the team out of bankruptcy in September, 1999, and together they have developed one of the outstanding ownership groups in all of professional sports.
Burkle founded The Yucaipa Companies in 1986 and has served as Chairman of the Board and controlling shareholder of numerous companies, including Alliance Entertainment, Golden State Foods, Dominick’s, Fred Meyer, Ralphs and Food4Less. He is currently a member of the board of Occidental Petroleum Corporation, KB Home and Yahoo!
|President||David Morehouse is in his third season as president of the Penguins. He oversees tickets sales, marketing, corporate sales, communications and brand development for the Stanley Cup champions, as well as representing the team in corporate relations, governmental affairs and future redevelopment of the Mellon Arena site.
Morehouse came to the Penguins in December, 2004 as a Senior Consultant on the new arena project, bringing with him extensive national experience in political decision-making, strategic planning and project development. He was named team president in April, 2007.
|Executive VP and General Manager||Ray Shero helped transform the Penguins from a team that did not qualify for the playoffs in 2005-06 to one that reached the Stanley Cup Final in 2007-08 and won the Cup in 2008-09. During that time, he has moved boldly to ensure a strong future for the Penguins, signing five key members of the team’s core – Sidney Cosby, Evgeni Malkin, Marc-Andre Fleury, Jordan Staal and Brooks Orpik – to long-term contracts.
Ray’s father, Fred, had won two Stanley Cups as head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers in 1974 and 1975, so they are now one of the few father-son tandems on the Cup. The late Fred Shero also was a coach and general manager with the New York Rangers.
|Head Coach||Dan Bylsma was named interim head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins on Feb. 15, 2009 and then had the interim tag removed on April 28th, 2009. Bylsma began his coaching career as an assistant with the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks of the AHL in 2004-05. He made his NHL coaching debut as an assistant with the New York Islanders in 2005-06. Bylsma joined the Penguins organization as an assistant to Todd Richards in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in 2006-07. When Richards accepted the job as an assistant coach with the NHL’s San Jose Sharks in the off-season, Bylsma was elevated to head coach at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
Bylsma played nine NHL seasons as a right winger with Los Angeles and Anaheim from 1995-2004. A role player who excelled at killing penalties and blocking shots, he played 429 NHL regular-season games and also played in the 2003 Stanley Cup Final with Anaheim. He retired as a player following the 2003-04 season.
|Assistant Coach||The Pittsburgh Penguins hired Jacques Martin as an assistant coach on August 9, 2013.
Martin, 60, a former NHL head coach with St. Louis, Ottawa, Florida and Montreal, joins Tony Granato and Todd Reirden as assistants on Bylsma’s staff.
The native of St-Pascal, Ontario has spent a lifetime in coaching, including stints as an assistant with Chicago, Quebec and Colorado in the NHL. He was an associate coach for the 2002 Canadian Olympic team that won a gold medal in Salt Lake City and served in the same capacity for Canada at the 2006 Olympics in Turin, Italy. In addition to his coaching experience, he served in the dual role of General Manager and head coach with the Florida Panthers from 2006-08.
“Jacques is a highly-respected and accomplished coach who will be a tremendous addition to our staff,” Shero said. “He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our organization because of his extensive background as a head coach and an assistant.”
“I know we’re all going to benefit from having Jacques Martin on our staff,” Bylsma said. “Jacques and I have spent a great deal of time over the last few weeks discussing this possibility. It will be great to have another voice, another perspective – especially from a man of Jacque’s experience. We’re all looking forward for getting together as a staff and preparing for the coming season.”
Martin’s NHL head coaching resume includes 1,294 games, 613 wins and 12 playoff appearances in 17 seasons. He ranks seventh all-time among NHL coaches in games coached and 10th all-time in wins. He won the Jack Adams Award as NHL Coach of the Year with Ottawa in 1999 and was a finalist for the award on three other occasions.
Martin led Montreal to victory over the Penguins in the second round of the 2010 playoffs. He last coached with Montreal during the 2011-12 season and worked last year as a television analyst.
“It’s such an exciting opportunity to come to Pittsburgh and work with Dan, Tony, and Todd,” Martin said. “The expectations are always high for the Penguins, but I look forward to the challenge and to helping Dan and his staff in any way possible.”
Martin began his NHL head coaching career with the St. Louis from 1986-88. He spent nine seasons with Ottawa (1995-2004), leading the Senators to the NHL’s best regular-season record in 2002-03. He coached Florida from 2005-08 and Montreal from 2009-12
Martin and Shero worked together in Ottawa when Shero served as assistant general manager of the Senators.
The new Penguins’ assistant coach played college hockey at St. Lawrence University, where he was a goaltender. 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.
Jacques has two daughters, Angela and Nathalee.
|Assistant Coach||Tony Granato joined the Penguins’ coaching staff on August 5, 2009. Granato spent the last six seasons behind the bench for the Colorado Avalanche and served two stints as Avalanche head coach from 2002-04 and 2008-09.
Granato played 13 seasons in the NHL with the New York Rangers (1988-90), Los Angeles (1990-96) and San Jose (1996-2001). In 1997, he played in the NHL All-Star Game and was the recipient of the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy for overcoming a near career-ending brain injury. In 773 career games, the fiesty forward posted 248 goals, 492 points and 1,425 penalty minutes. He tallied 16 goals, 43 points and 141 penalty minutes in 79 career postseason games and helped lead Los Angeles to a Stanley Cup Final berth in 1993.
|Assistant Coach||Todd Reirden joined Pittsburgh’s coaching staff on July 31, 2010 after coaching with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins the previous two seasons. Reirden, an NHL defenseman for parts of five seasons, works closely with the team’s defensemen.
Reirden joined the Penguins organization August 18, 2008 as an assistant coach in WBS. A few months later he was promoted to interim head coach following Dan Bylsma’s promotion to Pittsburgh in February 2009. Reirden guided WBS to a 14-9-3 mark in the final 26 games, and advanced to the second round of the AHL playoffs. Reirden then joined Pittsburgh’s extended playoff coaching staff and helped the team win the Stanley Cup championship in 2009.
Selected by New Jersey in the 12th round (242nd overall) of the 1990 NHL Draft, Reirden played professionally for 13 seasons, retiring after the 2006-07 campaign with Graz EC of the Austrian Hockey League. He appeared in 183 NHL games with Edmonton, St. Louis, Atlanta and Phoenix, recording 46 points (11+35) and 181 penalty minutes.
|Goaltending Coach||Bales, 42, spent 18 seasons playing professionally from 1992-2010, including stints in the National Hockey League with Boston and Ottawa. Bales also saw action in the American Hockey League, the International Hockey League, Germany, Sweden and Northern Ireland.
Bales, who hails from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, appeared in 23 NHL games between 1992-97 after being drafted by Boston in the fifth round (105th overall) of the 1990 NHL Draft.
Prior to turning pro, Bales played three collegiate seasons with Ohio State University of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association from 1989-92.
Mike and his wife, Melanie, have three children.