The Seattle Kraken announced today that Dan Bylsma has been named as an assistant coach for the Charlotte Checkers.

Bylsma, 50, spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach for the Detroit Red Wings. Prior to that he served eight seasons as an NHL head coach – with Pittsburgh from 2009-15 and with Buffalo from 2015-17 – winning a Stanley Cup and a Jack Adams Award as the league’s most outstanding coach during his time behind the Penguins’ bench.

“Dan joins our organization with an impressive resume and his experience speaks for itself,” said Kraken General Manager Ron Francis. “He’s won a Stanley Cup, a Jack Adams Award and he has a proven track record and we look forward to him coaching our prospects in Charlotte alongside Head Coach Geordie Kinnear.”

The Checkers have a dual-affiliation this season with both the Kraken and the Florida Panthers, with the roster and the coaching staff split between the two NHL clubs.

"Seattle fans are going to count a good number of players wearing a Charlotte jersey to start the season that they will be cheering for in NHL games later in the year," Bylsma told the Kraken's website.