Mike Bales is in his first season as Pittsburgh’s goaltending coach.
Bales, 42, was named the Penguins goaltending coach Aug. 19, 2013, after serving the previous two seasons as the club’s goaltender development coach.
In his role as goaltender development coach, Bales worked with and assisted in the development of goalie prospects and players throughout the Penguins organization. Bales also assisted in the evaluation and scouting of amateur goaltenders.
Under Bale’s tutelage during the 2012-13 season, goaltenders Jeff Zatkoff and Brad Thiessen of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins combined to allow the fewest goals (178) in the American Hockey League (AHL). Zatkoff’s 1.93 goals-against average was the lowest in the AHL.
Bales, who hails from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, spent 18 seasons playing professionally from 1992-2010, including stints in the National Hockey League with Boston and Ottawa. Bales also saw action in the American Hockey League, the International Hockey League, Germany, Sweden and Northern Ireland.
Bales appeared in 23 NHL games between 1992-97 after being drafted by Boston in the fifth round (105th overall) of the 1990 NHL Draft.
Prior to turning pro, Bales played three collegiate seasons with Ohio State University of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association from 1989-92.
Mike and his wife, Melanie, have three children, William, Alexander and Alexa.