Penguins promote Ty Hennes to assistant coach

Penguins promote Ty Hennes to assistant coach

The Pittsburgh Penguins have promoted Ty Hennes to assistant coach, general manager Ron Hextall announced today.

“Promoting Ty to assistant coach was one of our top priorities heading into the season as he is considered one of the best skill coaches in the NHL,” Hextall said. “Ty brings a unique skill set to our coaching staff and has taken on more responsibility over the years as his role has evolved. He has been a great part of our team and will continue to move forward.”

Hennes, 43, spent the previous four seasons as the Penguins’ skating and skill development coach. In his previous role, he assisted the Penguins coaching staff with practices, skills sessions and on-ice injury rehabilitation. During his first two seasons with Pittsburgh, Hennes served as an “eye in the sky” during Penguins home games, then joined head coach Mike Sullivan and his assistant coaches behind the bench throughout matches that started the 2019-20 season.

Prior to joining the Penguins’ development staff in 2018, Hennes worked as a skills development professional at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry, the Penguins’ practice facility. In addition to working with the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite AAA travel program, Hennes also worked with the Penguins organization.

Hennes played four seasons of collegiate hockey at Boston College, where he was a member of the Eagles’ 2001 national championship team. An alternate captain as a senior, Hennes helped Boston College reach the NCAA Tournament three times, including advancing to the Frozen Four twice. Prior to joining the Eagles, Hennes played two seasons with the Omaha Lancers of the United States Hockey League, serving as captain in his final year.

After graduating from Boston College, Hennes signed with the Detroit Red Wings organization, playing three seasons of professional hockey. He skated for the ECHL’s Toledo Storm, Bakersfield Condors, and Texas Wildcatters, and the Central Hockey League’s Fort Worth Brahmas, Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs, and Texas Brahmas. Hennes earned his doctorate in 2011 from Parker College of Chiropractic Medicine in Dallas.

A native of Dickinson, North Dakota, who grew up in Kent, Washington, Hennes has been heavily involved in the USA Hockey organization. He has served as a coach and evaluator at the various USA Hockey national player development camps where USA Hockey formulates its roster for international tournaments including the Five Nations Tournament and the Hlinka Gretzky Cup.

Hennes was also a player development coach for the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), where he presented annually at that organization’s player development symposia. The IIHF is the world governing body of hockey.

Prior to joining the staff at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex, Hennes worked for USA Hockey as the regional manager of the Amateur Development Model from 2013-15. The American Development Model (ADM) is a joint initiative between the NHL and USA Hockey to develop the next generation of American-born hockey players.

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