Penguins choose goaltending coach

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The Penguins announced today that they have selected Mike Bales to be the team's goaltending coach.

Bales, 42, served as the organization's goaltender development coach for the last two seasons, working with prospects and scouting amateurs.

Bales is credited with helping to restock the organization's goaltender pool. Since he joined the Penguins, the team has drafted three goalies -- Tristan Jarry, 44th overall in 2013; Matt Murray, 83rd in 2012; and Ryan Maguire, 113th in 2011 and signed NCAA standout Eric Hartzell this spring.

Bales replaces Gilles Meloche, who stepped down to assume a scouting role.

A Saskatchewan native, Bales played professionally in various leagues for 18 years, including 23 NHL games with Boston and Ottawa. He played college hockey for Ohio State.

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Nick Veronica: nveronica@post-gazette.com and Twitter @NickVeronica.


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