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The Penguins are promoting Ty Hennes to assistant coach

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The Pittsburgh Penguins have promoted Ty Hennes to assistant coach, General Manager Ron Hextall announced today.

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“Promoting Ty to an assistant coach was one of our top priorities prior to the start of the season, as he is widely regarded as one of the most skilled coaches in the NHL,” said Heckstall. “Ty brings a unique skill set to our coaching staff and has gradually taken on more responsibility over the years as his role has evolved. He has been a huge part of our team and will continue to move forward.”

Hennes, 43, has spent the previous four seasons as the Penguins’ development coach. In his previous role, he assisted the Penguins coaching staff with drills, skills sessions, and on-ice injury rehabilitation. During his first two seasons with Pittsburgh, Haines played as an ‘eye in the sky’ during Penguins home games, then joined head coach Mike Sullivan and his assistant coaches behind the bench during all games started in the 2019-20 season.

Prior to joining the Penguins development team in 2018, Hennes worked as a skill development specialist at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry, the Penguins’ training facility. In addition to working with the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite AAA travel program, Hennes has also worked with the Penguins organization.

Hennes played four seasons of collegiate hockey at Boston College, where he was a member of the Eagles’ 2001 national championship team. As an alternate captain as a senior, Hennes helped Boston College reach the NCAA Tournament three times, including twice advancing to the Frozen Four. Prior to joining the Eagles, Hennes played two seasons with the Omaha Lancers of the United States Hockey League, serving as captain his final year.

After graduating from Boston College, Haines signed with the Detroit Red Wings organization, where he played three seasons of professional hockey. He skated for the Toledo Storm, Bakersfield Condors and Texas Wildcatters of the ECHL, and the Fort Worth Brahma, Bossier-Shreveport Mudguard and Texas Brahms of the Central Hockey League. Hennes received his Ph.D. in 2011 from Parker College of Chiropractic Medicine in Dallas.

Born in Dickinson, North Dakota, and raised in Kent, Washington, Hennes was heavily involved in the USA Hockey organization. He has served as a coach and resident at several USA Hockey Development Camps where the USA Hockey Team drafts its roster for international tournaments that include the Five Nations Championship and the Hlinka Gretzky Cup.

Hennes has also been a player development coach for the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), presenting each year at that organization’s player development seminars. IIHF is the governing body for hockey worldwide.

Prior to joining the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex team, Hennes worked for USA Hockey as the Regional Director of Amateur Development Form between 2013-2015. The American Development Model (ADM) is a joint initiative between the NHL and USA Hockey to develop the next generation of American-born hockey players.

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