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Mike Johnston Will Coach The Pittsburgh Penguins

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It took the Pittsburgh Penguins a long time to find a coach willing to join their quest for the Cup, but finally they have their man. It’s being reported that Mike Johnston has been signed to a three-year contract, and will begin the process of turning the Penguins in to a championship team.

The Penguins had a choice, and decided to look outside the NHL for a coach. Johnston does have coaching experience, but it was as head coach and general manager of the WHL’s 

Portland Winterhawks. It’s not all bad for the Penguins, Johnston does have NHL experience, before joining the Winterhawks he was an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver Canucks.

Johnston has been coach of the Winterhawks for the past six seasons and has brought them to the WHL Final four times, winning once and taking them to the 2013 Memorial Cup Final where they lost to Halifax. [Pro Hockey Talk]

Mike Johnston is also taking a risk by accepting this job. Coaching the Penguins will come with a good deal of pressure, and winning a Stanley Cup is expected. Hopefully both parties will understand that everything takes time, and next season may be a learning curve. At least the learning curve comes with Sidney Crosby on the roster

 

head coach and general manager of the Western Hockey League’s Portland Winterhawks

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head coach and general manager of the Western Hockey League’s Portland Winterhawks.

Read more at: http://nesn.com/2014/06/report-mike-johnston-to-be-named-pittsburgh-penguins-head-coach/

head coach and general manager of the Western Hockey League’s Portland Winterhawks.

Read more at: http://nesn.com/2014/06/report-mike-johnston-to-be-named-pittsburgh-penguins-head-coach/

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