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Nasreddine returns to WBS as asst. coach

Pittsburgh Penguins executive vice president/general manager Ray Shero announced today that Alain Nasreddine has been named assistant coach of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

Nasreddine, 35, returns to the place he called home for parts of five consecutive seasons to work behind the Penguins’ bench with new head coach John Hynes, who was promoted to head coach on July 31st.

As a longtime member of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, Nasreddine ranks 10th all-time in games played (249) and tied for seventh all-time in points by a defenseman (56). He is one of three Penguins players to be elected team captain for more than one season (2004-05 and 2005-06), and was an integral member of two of the Penguins’ three runs to the Calder Cup Finals (2004 and 2008).

The native of Montreal broke into the professional ranks in 1995-96, launching his American Hockey League career with the Carolina Monarchs. His AHL career spans 726 games with Carolina, Portland, Fredericton, Quebec, Hamilton, Bridgeport, and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, where he posted 136 points (29G, 107A) and 1,492 penalty minutes. Nasreddine also appeared in 74 NHL contests with Chicago, Montreal, NY Islanders, and Pittsburgh, posting five points (1G, 4A).

The sturdy blueliner spent the last two seasons of his career in Germany suiting up for the Nuremburg Ice Tigers (DEL).

Nasreddine was originally selected by the Florida Panthers in the sixth round (135th overall) in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft.