Wilkes-Barre names Skalde assistant coach


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Jarrod Skalde. - GUELPH STORM

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has named Jarrod Skalde assistant coach, joining head coach Clark Donatelli and assistant J.D. Forrest behind the Penguins' bench.

Skalde replaces assistant coach Tim Army, who was named head coach of the AHL's Iowa Wild this offseason.

Skalde, 47, brings extensive experience as both a player and a coach to Wilkes-Barre. In 2017-18, Skalde was one of Pittsburgh's development coaches and Director of Operations for the Victus Academy U18 team, a private school in Ontario where his son Skate plays.

Upon retiring from professional hockey in 2008, Skalde spent two seasons as the head coach of the Bloomington PrairieThunder of the IHL. From 2010-13, he was head coach and Director of Operations of the ECHL's Cincinnati Cyclones. Skalde transitioned to the AHL coaching ranks in 2013, becoming assistant coach of the Norfolk Admirals, then was promoted to head coach the following season. From 2015-17, Skalde was head coach of the Guelph Storm of the OHL.

Skalde's professional playing career spanned 18 seasons, and included 575 AHL games and 115 NHL games with New Jersey, Anaheim, Calgary, San Jose, Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta, and Philadelphia. His international career included play in the Swiss NLA, Swedish Hockey League, Asia League, and Slovenian Ice Hockey League.


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