After missing out on naming Willie Desjardins their new head coach – who took the Vancouver vacancy – the Pittsburgh Penguins have finally found their man.
— Rob Rossi (@RobRossi_Trib) June 25, 2014
Johnston, who has been the coach and general manager for the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League (WHL) the past five seasons, has never held a head coaching job in the NHL before.
While coaching Portland, Johnston saw his team reach the playoffs three out of four seasons. Four, you may ask? Not five? Well, that’s because Johnston was suspended the entire 2012-13 campaign following a WHL investigation that found Portland had illegally given benefits to players and families – per Rossi.
Johnston also coached the Pens’ top prospect, Derrick Pouliot.
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