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Live Stream- Pittsburgh Penguins Press Conference

The Pittsburgh Penguins are expected to introduce Mike Johnston as their new head coach.

It is scheduled to start at 12:30pm ET and you can watch it below...

added 12:37pm, Penguins press release on Mike Johnston is below the video...

 

Mike Johnston, whose long coaching resume includes eight seasons as an assistant/associate coach in the National Hockey League, has been named head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Jim Rutherford.

Johnston, 57, was assistant/associate coach of the Vancouver Canucks from 1999-2006 and associate coach of the Los Angeles Kings from 2006-08. For the past six seasons he has been head coach and general manager of the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League.

That native of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia also was an assistant coach for Canada at the Olympics (1998), at the World Championships (six times) and the World Junior Championships (twice). He worked full-time for Canada’s national team for five seasons from 1994-99, serving in varying roles as associate coach, head coach and general manager. He was head coach of Team Canada at the 1999 World Championships.

“Mike comes to Pittsburgh with great experience at all levels of hockey,” Rutherford said. “He has terrific knowledge of the game and proven leadership ability. His coaching style is going to be a good for the players we have here with the Penguins -- it’s an up-tempo style, but it begins from deep in the defensive zone. We’re very excited to have him.”

Johnston’s international accomplishments include five medals at the World Championships (two gold, two silver and one bronze) and two gold medals at the World Junior Championships. Among the NHL players he worked with at the Olympics and World Championships were Wayne Gretzky, Ray Bourque, Steve Yzerman, Joe Sakic, Jarome Iginla, Mark Recchi, Patrick Roy, Martin Brodeur, Rob Blake and Martin St. Louis.

Johnston’s Portland teams have been a power in Canadian major junior hockey, reaching the WHL finals in each of the past four seasons. The Winterhawks’ 2013-14

roster featured 10 players already drafted by NHL teams, including Penguins 2012 first-rounder Derrick Pouliot.

Johnston played collegiate hockey at Brandon University in Manitoba and began his coaching career with stints at Camrose College, the University of Calgary and the University of New Brunswick.

He has co-authored two hockey books with former NHL player Ryan Walter: “Simply The Best: Insights and Strategies From Great Hockey Coaches” and “Hockey Plays and Strategies.”

Mike and his wife, Myrna, have two children, Adam and Gabrielle.

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Paul's avatar

Numerous reports are Rick Tocchet will join the Johnston coaching staff.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 06/25/14 at 11:25 AM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

TSN via Dregger reporting 3 year deal.  Any word if club has option after 1st year, so they can hire Babcock???

Posted by Down River Dan on 06/25/14 at 11:42 AM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

Oh by the way, welcome back Paul.

Posted by Down River Dan on 06/25/14 at 11:43 AM ET

SYF's avatar

TSN via Dregger reporting 3 year deal.  Any word if club has option after 1st year, so they can hire Babcock???

Posted by Down River Dan on 06/25/14 at 12:42 PM ET

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 06/25/14 at 12:57 PM ET

Mistercristo's avatar

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA…

No one’s gonna command respect from Crosby, Malkin, et al when they walk into the locker room like Mike Johnston!  Look out, sense of entitlement!

Posted by Mistercristo from Cameron Frye's garage, circa 1987 on 06/25/14 at 03:05 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA…

No one‚Äôs gonna command respect from Crosby, Malkin, et al when they walk into the locker room like Mike Johnston!  Look out, sense of entitlement!

Now that’s is an understatement LOL.

Posted by bigfrog on 06/25/14 at 09:03 PM ET

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