According to Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Dan Bylsma has been named head coach of Team U.S.A. for the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
He will be introduced through a news conference in New York in the upcoming days.
Despite a disappointing Eastern Conference Finals sweep to the Boston Bruins this past season, Byslma still received an extension from the Pens and is now at the forefront of America’s gold medal chances for ice hockey.
Although Bylsma hasn’t made out too well in the playoffs recently, the 42-year-old did help Pittsburgh capture the Stanley Cup in 2009.
A Jack Adams award winner (league’s most outstanding coach) for the 2010-11 campaign, Bylsma has led the Pens to the playoffs in each of his five years with the organization.
This past April, Bylsma became the fastest coach to reach 200 wins in NHL history.
Congratulations to the man they call “Disco Dan!”