Penguins Hire Nasreddine As WBS Assistant Coach
The Pittsburgh Penguins have named Alain Nasreddine assistant coach with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League, it was announced by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.
Nasreddine, who played 15 years of professional hockey as a defenseman – which includes five seasons with the Penguins organization, will be making his coaching debut this season.
Nasreddine, 35, played for the Penguins organization from 2003-04 to the 2007-08 season. During that time he suited up in 56 games for Pittsburgh, notching five points (1G-4A).
Nasreddine played in 249 contests for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, totaling 55 points on 13 goals and 42 assists. He added seven points (3G-4A) in 57 postseason games, and helped the team earn two berths in the Calder Cup Final in 2003 and 2007.
Nasreddine, who was originally drafted by Florida in the sixth round (135th overall) of the 1993 NHL Entry Draft, played for four NHL teams in his career – Chicago, Montreal, NY Islanders and Pittsburgh – and posted five points (1G-4A) and 84 penalty minutes in 74 games.
The Montreal, Quebec native also saw action in 850 combined games with Carolina, Portland, Fredericton, Quebec, Hamilton and Bridgeport of the AHL and Indianapolis of the International Hockey League. He played the last two seasons with Nuermberg of the German Elite League.
Nasreddine played four years of junior hockey in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with Drummondville and Chicoutimi.