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Penguins continue to bolster player development staff, add Ty Hennes on full-time basis

Chris Adamski
Pittsburgh Penguins
The Penguins have named Ty Hennes their skating and skills development coach.

Mostly known to this point for running unique, competitive-style practice drills at times during the season for the Penguins, Ty Hennes is taking on an expanded role in the organization.

It was announced Thursday that Hennes was named the skating and skills development coach, and in his new role Hennes will be working with players at all levels of the organization from prospects in juniors to the minor-league affiliates to running those distinctive drills at occasional NHL practices.

“I will still will continue to work with the injured players during the season,” Hennes said, “(and) be a little bit more involved with the team on a daily basis, and also spend a little bit more time in Wilkes-Barre and Wheeling and be able to have the opportunity to get out on the ice with our prospects – other than NCAA athletes – and just have another tool of the development process to keep our players and development staff informed of where our players are at.”

Hennes, 38, previously was employed as the skill development professional at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex. But he was performing many of the duties for the Penguins that he will now.

A forward on the Boston College 2001 national championship team, Hennes also has worked for USA Hockey as a regional manager for the Amateur Development Model, an initiative with the NHL to develop American hockey players.

Hennes said that by working with players at all levels of the organization, the process of player development will be “streamlined.”

“If there’s a kid (playing for AHL) Wikes-Barre and we have an opportunity to work with him, (when) he gets called up to the Penguins, it’s a familiar face,” Hennes said. “Same thing – we will be spending more time in Wheeling (with the ECHL affiliate) as well – for the players called up from Wheeling to Wilkes-Barre. It provides more continuity for the whole program.”

Chris Adamski is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at [email protected] or via Twitter @C_AdamskiTrib.

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