- Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma earned the Jack Adams award as the NHL‘s Coach of the Year (he is the first Penguins head coach to receive the honor)
Bylsma was named the interim head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins on February 15, 2009, replacing Michel Therrien. Just four months later, in June 2009, he coached the Penguins to becoming that season’s Stanley Cup Champions.
Prior to coaching, Bylsma played hockey. He was drafted by the Winnipeg Jets in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft in the sixth-round (109th overall). He nevered played a single game for the Jets before being traded to the Los Angeles Kings whom he played for five seasons. He then signed with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in 2000 as a free agent and then retired following the 2003-04 season.
- the Penguins obtained Kevin Hatcher from the Dallas Stars for Sergei Zubov
- Ed Johnston took over as Penguins head coach (it was the second time in Johnston’s career)
- in the NHL Amateur Draft, the Penguins selected Markus Naslund in the first round (16th overall); Rusty Fitzgerald (38th); and Ed Patterson (148th)
TODAY’S PENGUINS TRIVIA QUESTION:
Which Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender posted three 1-0 shutout victories in 2001-02?
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