Skalde Named New Penguins Assistant

September 1, 2018

With the regular season just over a month away, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins finally filled a key vacancy on their bench Friday.

According to a news release from the team, Jarrod Skalde will serve under head coach Clark Donatelli as one of the team’s assistants for the 2018-19 campaign. He joins J.D. Forrest, who has coached the Penguins’ defense and penalty kill over the past two seasons.

Skalde takes over the role vacated by Tim Army, who became the head coach of the Iowa Wild this offseason.

The 47-year-old was in the Pittsburgh organization last season as a player development coach. He had a long playing career that included 115 NHL games and most recently served behind the bench with the Ontario Hockey League’s Guelph Storm in 2016-17. Skalde was an AHL head coach for one season, leading the Norfolk Admirals to a 27-39-10 record in 2014-15.

With Forrest handling the defensive duties, Skalde is expected to help jumpstart a power-play unit that ranked second-worst in the league last season.

The Penguins will take the ice later this month for their first preseason game Sept. 27 at 7:05 p.m. against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

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