Pittsburgh Penguins

Head Coach
Dan Bylsma
Notes: Dan Bylsma was named head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins on Feb. 15, 2009.

Bylsma, 38, had been serving as head coach of the team’s American Hockey League affliliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, where he posted a 35-16-1-2 record in 54 games.

He was an assistant coach at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for two seasons from 2006-08.

“Dan Bylsma is one of the bright young coaches in the game and did an exceptional job for us in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton before getting this opportunity in Pittsburgh,” said Ray Shero, the Penguins’ executive vice president and general manager.

Bylsma (pronounced BILES-mah) 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.

The native of Grand Haven, Mich. 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. In two seasons, the Richards-Bylsma coaching tandem led WB/S to a 98-49-5-8 record. The Baby Penguins won the AHL East Division and Eastern Conference championships in 2007-08 and advanced to the Calder Cup Final.

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 was an outstanding athlete at West Michigan Christian High School, winning a state individual golf championship and starting in left field on a state championship baseball team. He played Junior B hockey for St. Mary’s of the Ontario Hockey Association before playing four years of college hockey at Bowling Green.

He was twice selected to the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) All-Academic Team.

Dan and his father, Jay, also have written four books about sports for kids and families, including “So Your Son Wants to Play in the NHL” and “So You Want to Play in the NHL.”

Dan has operated Dan Bylsma’s Western Michigan Hockey Camp for the past 14 years. He also established the Dan Bylsma Charitable Trust Fund, which provides a means to assist children with the high cost of participating in youth sports, especially hockey.

Dan’s wife, Mary Beth, was an all-conference gymnast at Bowling Green and is a certified personal trainer. They have one son and reside in Grand Haven, Mich. in the off-season.

Penguins Record - 18-3-4

2008-09 Playoff Record - 12-6-0



Goaltenders

29 Marc-Andre Fleury G
(FLUH-ree, MAHRK-an-DRAY)
6'2'', 180 11/28/1984 ( 24 ), Sorel, QC, CAN 4th NHL / 4th PIT Season
Last Win: MAY 26, 2009 @ CAROLINA (1)
Last Shutout: MAY 18, 2008 vs PHILADELPHIA (24)
How Acquired: Drafted by the Penguins in the first round (1st overall) of the 2003 Entry Draft
Notes: 2007-08 NOTES:
*Registered his 12th victory of the post-season and 27th of his career in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Hurricanes May 26.
*Has a 2.64 goals-against average and .906 save percentage in 18 post-season contests.
*Ranked sixth in the NHL with 35 victories during the regular season.

PLAYOFF HIGHS:
Shots faced: 46 - Apr. 21 @ PHI
Saves: 45- Apr. 21 @ PHI
Shutouts:
Win streak: 5 - May 13 at WSH to May 26 @ CAR
Shutout streak:

CAREER HIGHS MOST RECENT
Shots faced: 51(1X) 01/28/2006 at NYR
Saves: 47(1X) 10/11/2008 vs NJ
Shutouts: 15 03/25/09 vs. CGY (31 saves)
Win streak: 7(2X) 02/25/09 - 03/10/09
Shutout streak: 136:33 10/20/2007 - 10/25/ 2007


GPI
Min
W
L
SO
GA
GAA
Saves
Sv %
Season
18
1113
12
6
0
49
2.64
472
0.906
Career
43
2651
27
16
3
108
2.44
1173
0.916


32 Mathieu Garon G
(gair-AH)
6'2'', 207 01/09/1978 ( 31 ), Chandler, QC, CAN 8th NHL / 1st PIT Season
Last Win: Last Shutout:
How Acquired: Acquired from the Edmonton Oilers for Dany Sabourin, Ryan Stone and a 2011 fourth round draft choice.
Notes: 2008-09 NOTES:
*Looking to make his first playoff appearance since the 2003-04 season.
*Notched two wins, including a 6-1 victory over the Islanders Apr. 9.
*Holds a 8-9-0 record with a 3.12 goals-against average and a .894 save percentage for the season in 18 games with Edmonton and Pittsburgh.

PLAYOFF HIGHS:
Shots faced:
Saves:
Shutouts:
Win streak:
Shutout streak:
GPI
Min
W
L
SO
GA
GAA
Saves
Sv %
Season
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Career
1
12
0
0
0
0
0.00
6
1.000