Assistant Coach

Dan 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.