June 11, 2009 |
For anyone who has strapped on skates, playing in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals is the embodiment of a dream -- one the Penguins and Red Wings will live out Friday in Detroit. Pittsburgh Coach Dan Bylsma played in a Game 7 with the Mighty Ducks in 2003. He wants his players to know one thing: they must seize every moment or risk skating off with the regret he has carried all these years.
June 8, 2009 |
Dan Bylsma and Mike Babcock were on the same side in the 2003 Stanley Cup finals, Bylsma a diligent penalty killer for the then Mighty Ducks and Babcock a rookie NHL coach who unexpectedly led a team that put defense first (and second and third) to a Game 7 against the New Jersey Devils. Bylsma, now the Pittsburgh Penguins' coach, has never forgotten being engulfed by the sickening sensation that his team was going to see the Devils hoist the Cup in sweaty glee. "I can remember vividly.
June 2, 2009 |
If there is a lesson to be learned about Dan Bylsma it's that the Pittsburgh Penguins' coach sees every experience as a lesson, whether on-the-fly strategic decisions that led his team to the Stanley Cup finals or a profound personal tragedy that shook him to his core. Appointed coach of a burned-out and foundering team Feb. 16 after only a few months' minor-league coaching experience, Bylsma allowed the Penguins to have fun again and led them on an 18-3-4 surge that carried them to the No.
February 18, 2009 |
When former Duck Dan Bylsma was named the Penguins' interim coach Sunday -- succeeding the fired Michel Therrien -- it jogged a few memories around the halls of the team's Anaheim headquarters. During the Ducks' playoff run to the Stanley Cup finals in 2003, Bylsma had a tradition after victories. He was often a healthy scratch but would come rushing into the dressing room in his suit after the game. "He would yell out, 'Duckies, duckies, duckies, quack, quack, quack'!"
January 13, 2004 |
General Manager Bryan Murray continues to shuffle the Mighty Duck roster and Monday, team officials got around to announcing that forward Dan Bylsma had been put on waivers. Bylsma was put on waivers late last week, although team officials claimed that there had been no roster moves before Sunday's game. Bylsma was listed as a healthy scratch. If he clears waivers Wednesday, he will be sent to Cincinnati, the Ducks' minor league affiliate.
December 18, 2003 |
Mighty Duck forward Dan Bylsma has been cleared to play after completing his rehabilitation from off-season surgery on his left knee. Bylsma, who underwent surgery on his knee in June, went through a full practice on Wednesday. And there was more good news from the training room as defensemen Keith Carney and Sandis Ozolinsh practiced for the first time in more than a week. But for Bylsma, it was a day he had long awaited. "I'm tired of viewing games, it's time to play in one," he said.