Bylsma is making his first appearance as the head coach of a U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team.
Since taking over the reins of the National Hockey League’s Pittsburgh Penguins midway through the 2008-09 season, he has become one of the elite head coaches in professional hockey. He capped off his first season by hoisting the Stanley Cup, Pittsburgh’s first since 1992. In each of his first three full seasons behind the Penguins bench, Bylsma’s teams produced 100-point seasons, highlighted by the 2010-11 campaign when he received the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s Most Outstanding Coach. In the shortened 2012-13 season, Pittsburgh won 75% of its games (36-12-0) en route to the Atlantic Division title and the top spot in the Eastern Conference.
The Grand Haven, Mich., native boasts a regular-season record of 201-93-25, marking the best regular-season winning percentage in Penguins history (.669) and the second-best win total among Pittsburgh bench bosses all time. In addition, Bylsma became the fastest NHL coach ever to post 200 victories when he reached the plateau in just 316 games on April 23, 2013.
Bylsma joined the Penguins organization in 2006 as an assistant coach for the American Hockey League’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. He was promoted to WBS head coach in 2008-09 before taking over the top job in Pittsburgh. In his first 25 games with the Penguins, he was 18-3-4 for 40 points, the second most of any coach in NHL history in their first 25 games.
His coaching career began in 2004-05 as an assistant for the AHL’s Cincinnati Mighty Ducks. He also served as an assistant coach for the NHL’s New York Islanders in 2005-06.
Bylsma skated for the Los Angeles Kings (1995-2000) and the Anaheim Ducks (2000-04) during his nine-year NHL career. He recorded 19 goals and 43 assists in 429 games.
As a collegian, Bylsma played four seasons (1988-92) at Bowling Green State University where in 155 games he contributed 37 goals and 50 assists.
A longtime supporter of USA Hockey and its programs, Bylsma was a speaker at the 2012 USA Hockey National Hockey Coaches Symposium in Washington, D.C., and also served as a coach at the 2011 U.S. National Junior Camp in Lake Placid, N.Y.
Dan and his wife, Mary Beth, have one son, Bryan, and reside in the north hills of Pittsburgh.