Canes hire Pens' Mike Bales as goaltending coach
Posted June 17
The Carolina Hurricanes have agreed to terms with Mike Bales, who will become the team's new goaltending coach, General Manager Ron Francis announced Saturday.
“Mike has a proven history of success as a goaltending coach with the Penguins, winning back-to-back Stanley Cups,” Francis said. “Based on our research, we are confident that he is someone our goalies and coaching staff will enjoy working with, and we’re thrilled to have him in our organization.”
Bales comes to Raleigh after four seasons as the goaltending coach for the (back-to-back Stanley Cup Champion) Pittsburgh Penguins. This past season, Pittsburgh goaltenders combined for a 2.19 goals-against average, .929 save percentage and five shutouts under the 45-year-old's guide en route to the team's 2017 Stanley Cup Championship.
Before to being promoted to goaltending coach, Bales served as the Penguins’ goaltending development coach and scout from 2011-13, helping to scout, draft and develop Matt Murray, who posted 15 wins as a rookie during Pittsburgh’s 2016 Stanley Cup run.
In each of the last four seasons, a Pens netminder has posted at least 30 wins during the regular season. Marc-Andre Fleury earn Team MVP honors and a spot in the NHL All-Star Game in 2014-15, posting 34 wins and a franchise-record 10 shutouts.
A native of Prince Albert, Sask., Bales played professionally as a goaltender for 15 seasons before beginning his coaching career, appearing in 23 NHL games with Boston and Ottawa. He also spent time in the American Hockey League (AHL), International Hockey League (IHL) and European leagues in Germany, Sweden and Northern Ireland. Prior to turning professional, he played three seasons of collegiate hockey for Ohio State.