Bylsma was an assistant coach of the Charlotte Checkers last season, the Kraken's previous minor-league affiliate.
Longtime NHL coach Dan Bylsma has been named head coach of the Coachella Valley Firebirds, the Seattle Kraken's American Hockey League affiliate. Bylsma was an assistant coach of the Charlotte Checkers, the Kraken's previous minor-league affiliate, last season.
"We’re excited to name Dan Bylsma the first head coach in Coachella Valley Firebirds history," Kraken GM Ron Francis said in a statement. "The head coach of our American Hockey League affiliate plays a critical role in developing future Kraken players. Dan worked with our prospects this past season in Charlotte and brings a wealth of NHL and AHL experience to our new AHL club. We look forward to Dan guiding our team.”
Following a nine-year NHL playing career, Bylsma took over as head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2009 and led them to a Stanley Cup victory over the Detroit Red Wings that season. He won the Jack Adams Award in 2011.
Bylsma also spent two seasons as head coach of the Buffalo Sabres from 2015 to 2017. Bylsma has also been an assistant coach for the Red Wings and New York Islanders, and was head coach of Team USA at the 2014 Olympics.Former Penguins, Sabres coach Dan Bylsma to coach Kraken AHL affiliate Coachella Valley - The Athletic View Story