Penguins have officially hired a new coach

There will be a new figure behind the bench next season.

Michael W.

Following their second straight season the outside looking in of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Pittsburgh Penguins made the decision to part ways with assistant coach Todd Reirden, who oversaw their struggling power play. 

And now, general manager Kyle Dubas has found a replacement. Officially making his way to Pittsburgh to serve on head coach Mike Sullivan's staff is David Quinn, who was recently let go by the San Jose Sharks; he has also coached the New York Rangers. 

“David Quinn brings a wealth of coaching and developmental experience across the highest levels of professional and international hockey,” said Dubas. “Quinn has a long track record of helping elite defensemen reach their full potential, and we look forward to the impact he can make on our defensive group and our entire program. Coach Quinn’s experience, character, energy and enthusiasm make him a great fit for Coach Sullivan’s coaching staff.”

Via the official press release: 

"Quinn has 19 years of experience at the collegiate level as an assistant coach with Northeastern University (1993-96) and University of Nebraska-Omaha (1996-02), as well as an associate coach and head coach of Boston University from 2004-09 and 2013-18, respectively. As Boston University’s head coach, the team went 105-69-21 under his direction. As an associate coach, Quinn and Boston University won the National Championship in 2009. During his two stints with Boston University, Quinn coached the likes of defensemen Charlie McAvoy, Matt Grzelcyk, Dante Fabbro and Kevin Shattenkirk, as well as forwards Jack Eichel, Brady Tkachuk, Clayton Keller and Evan Rodrigues.

Quinn’s career also included stops as an assistant coach with the Colorado Avalanche (2012-13) and head coach of the Lake Erie Monsters (2009-12) of the American Hockey League.

Quinn was drafted 13th overall by the Minnesota North Stars in the 1984 NHL Draft prior to his three-year collegiate career with Boston University from 1984-87. Following his collegiate career, he played two seasons of professional hockey in the AHL and IHL in 1991-92 and ’92-93, respectively. Internationally, the defenseman won a bronze medal with Team USA at the 1986 World Junior Championship."

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