Prior to his promotion, Fitzgerald, 44, served two seasons as Pittsburgh’s director of player development. He was also named interim assistant coach for the Penguins on Feb. 15, 2009 and helped coach the club to its third Stanley Cup championship four months later.
In his current role, Fitzgerald monitors Penguins prospects playing in college, junior hockey, Europe and with the club’s American Hockey League affiliate at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. He advises general manager Ray Shero on personnel decisions.
The Massachusetts native was a first-round draft pick of the New York Islanders in 1986 and played 17 NHL seasons with the Islanders, Florida, Colorado, Nashville, Chicago, Toronto and Boston before retiring in 2006. He scored 329 points (139G-190A) and registered 776 penalty minutes in 1,097 career games. He played in the Stanley Cup Final with Florida in 1996.
Tom and his wife, Kerry, have four sons.