Report: Pens Hire Jacques Martin as Assistant Coach

Dec 08, 2011; Montreal, QC, CAN; Montreal Canadiens Head Coach Jacques Martin reacts during the third period against Vancouver Canucks at the Bell Center. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

 

The Pittsburgh Penguins and general manager Ray Shero have reportedly hired Jacques Martin as an assistant coach Friday – according to the team’s website.

Martin will now join current assistants Tony Granato and Todd Reirden under head coach Dan Bylsma.

Working as a analyst for the past year, Martin last coached for the Montreal Canadiens in the 2011-12 season and has been a former head coach to the Florida Panthers, Ottawa Senators and St. Louis Blues as well.

Shero had this to say following the hiring:

“Jacques is a highly-respected and accomplished coach who will be a tremendous addition to our staff.  He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our organization because of his extensive background as a head coach and an assistant.”

Martin, 60, has quite the resume.

Ranking 10th all-time in wins for a coach, Martin also has the seventh-most games coached ever in the NHL.  He has 613 career wins, 12 postseason trips and coached 1,294 contests in 17 seasons.

Winning the Jack Adams Award (NHL Coach of the Year) in 1999 as head coach of the Senators, Martin has also been a finalist for the honor three other times.

Martin is familiar with Shero from their Ottawa days when the current Pens GM served as assistant general manager.

Topics: Pittsburgh Penguins

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