Mar 30, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; General view as the Chicago Blackhawks and the Pittsburgh Penguins take the ice during the second period at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Pittsburgh Penguins won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Gary Agnew Hired As Assistant Coach For Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pittsburgh Penguins needed one more coach to round-out their staff, and we now know the final addition.

According to the Pens’ Twitter handle, the organization has hired Gary Agnew as an assistant coach to go alongside Rick Tocchet in head coach Mike Johnston’s crew.

Agnew, 54, spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach for the St. Louis Blues, and before that he was the same title for four seasons with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Agnew’s role for the Blues was working specifically with their power-play, but after going 2-for-29 on the man-advantage in their first round knockout to the Chicago Blackhawks, he was let go – per Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. That’s not the confirmed reason Agnew was dismissed, but we can assume it was.

Before his assistant coaching jobs, Agnew had been an interim coach for the Blue Jackets and a head coach for their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch. 

Tutoring the Crunch for six years, Agnew is the franchise’s all-time winningest coach with 200 career wins – per the Pens’ website.

The specific field Agnew will be responsible for overseeing on the Penguins is currently unknown.

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