We’re sending a big CONGRATULATIONS out to Bill Guerin, who was named the general manager of the Minnesota Wild earlier today.
Billy served as Pittsburgh Penguins assistant general manager for the past five seasons, and spent a large portion of his time in that capacity overseeing hockey operations and player recruitment here in northeast Pennsylvania as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s GM.
A nearly constant presence at the Mohegan Sun Arena, Guerin infectious personality made him popular with staff, players and fans alike.
With his hiring by the Wild, Guerin becomes the third Wilkes-Barre/Scranton general manager to make the move to the front office in the National Hockey League.
Jason Botterill spent eight seasons (2009-2017) at the helm in NEPA before being named the GM of the Buffalo Sabres two years ago.
Prior to Botterill’s tenure with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Chuck Fletcher steered the AHL team’s fortunes for three years (2006-2009). He also left the organization to join the Wild, with whom he served as general manager for nine seasons (2009-18), and last season took over as GM with the Philadelphia Flyers.
Current New Jersey Devils assistant general manager Tom Fitzgerald split duties with Guerin for several seasons, bringing the total number of WBS GMs in the NHL to four currently.
Additionally, eight former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton coaches currently hold down positions on NHL benches: Mike Sullivan (Pittsburgh head coach), Todd Reirden (Washington head coach), Dan Bylsma (Detroit assistant coach), John Hynes (New Jersey head coach), Alain Nasreddine (New Jersey assistant coach), Todd Richards (Tampa Bay assistant coach), Michel Therrien (Philadelphia assistant coach) and Mike Yeo (Philadelphia assistant coach).
Several other members of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton hockey operations staff have made the leap to the major league recently, including:
Andy Saucier (Pittsburgh video coach)
Patrick Steidle (Pittsburgh assistant athletic trainer)
Paul DeFazio (Pittsburgh assistant equipment manager)
Teddy Richards (Florida equipment manager)
Samson Lee (Los Angeles video coordinator)
Kyle Moore (Vegas athletic trainer)
Doug Davidson (Vegas strength coach)
Joe Lorincz (New Jersey strength coach).
Season ticket packages for the Penguins’ upcoming 2019-20 season, including Full Season, 22-game, 12-game, Flexbook and Premium Seating plans, are available by reaching out to the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.