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Penguins’ long-time goalie coach steps down


After serving for seven seasons as the Pittsburgh Penguins goaltending coach, Gilles Meloche has decided to step down and accept a new role within the organization as a special assignment scout, according to the team’s website.

Meloche, 62, played in 788 NHL games as a netminder and 2013 was his 27th campaign with Pittsburgh.

“Gilles believes it’s the right time in his life and his career to move back into a scouting role,” GM Ray Shero said. “He has been an invaluable member of this organization since arriving in Pittsburgh as a player in 1985 and has been on the staff for three Stanley Cup championships.

“He’s been a scout, a goaltending consultant and a full-time goaltending coach, providing great leadership for our goaltenders and prospects. He will continue to be an asset as a special assignment scout.”

He’s been Pittsburgh’s full-time goaltending coach for most of Marc-Andre Fleury’s career. Fleury has become the franchise’s all-time wins leader, but he’s also struggled in each of the Penguins’ last two playoff runs.


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