Todd Reirden is in his fourth season as an assistant coach with the Penguins.
The former NHL defenseman works closely with the team’s defensemen and power play, among his responsibilities. Under his guidance, the Penguins’ power play has ranked second (24.7-percent success rate, 2012-13) and tied for fifth (19.7, 2011-12) in the NHL.
Reirden has helped develop defenseman Kris Letang into a Norris Trophy contender as best defenseman in the NHL and oversaw a defensive corps that combined for 103 points (20G-83A) in 2012-13.
Reirden, 41, joined the Penguins organization August 18, 2008 as an assistant coach in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League. A few months later, he was promoted to head coach following Dan Bylsma’s promotion to Pittsburgh. Reirden guided WBS to a 14-9-3 record in the final 26 games and into the second round of the AHL playoffs. Reirden then joined Pittsburgh’s extended playoff coaching staff and helped the team win the Stanley Cup.
In his only full season as head coach in WBS in 2009-10, Reirden led a young and inexperienced team to an impressive 41-34-2-3 mark and a berth in the Calder Cup playoffs.
Prior to joining the Penguins organization, Reirden spent one season as an assistant coach with his alma mater – the Bowling Green Falcons (Central Collegiate Hockey Association). He was a teammate of Bylsma’s during the 1990-91 and ‘91-92 seasons.
Reirden was selected by New Jersey in the 12th round (242nd overall) of the 1990 NHL Draft. He played 13 professional seasons, retiring in 2007 with Graz EC of the Austrian Hockey League. He appeared in 183 NHL games with Edmonton, St. Louis, Atlanta and Phoenix. He recorded 46 points (11G-35A) and 181 PIM in his NHL career.
Todd and his wife, Shelby, have one son, Travis, and reside in the North Hills.