Assistant CoachDan Bylsma was named assistant coach for the Checkers by the Seattle Kraken on Aug. 10, 2021.
Bylsma has eight seasons as an NHL head coach under his belt – a six-season run in Pittsburgh from 2008-2014 that saw him capture a Stanley Cup in 2009 and a Jack Adams Award in 2011 as the league’s most outstanding coach, followed by a pair of seasons in Buffalo from 2015-2017. Most recently, he spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach for the Detroit Red Wings.
Bylsma began his coaching career in the AHL in 2004-05, spending three seasons as an assistant coach for Cincinnati and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton before earning his first head coaching position with the AHL Penguins in 2008-09.
As a player, Bylsma logged 429 NHL games over nine seasons as a winger with Los Angeles and Anaheim. The Michigan native also spent time in the AHL, IHL and ECHL over his career, giving him a total of 840 pro games to his credit.