The Washington Capitals have seen Todd Reirden serve as an assistant coach for the last two seasons, since he departed from the Pittsburgh Penguins system in the summer coaching change-up back in 2014.
Now, with Capitals head coach Barry Trotz missing a chunk of training camp and preseason to coach at the upcoming World Cup of Hockey, the former blue liner is getting moved up in the system.
It was announced (via Isabelle Khurshudyan on Twitter) on Monday morning that Reirden has been promoted to associate coach with the Metropolitan Division club for the upcoming season. He’ll serve as interim head coach while Trotz is at the World Cup in Toronto, leading the team through preseason games and a large chunk of training camp.
A native of Deerfield, Illinois, Reirden was drafted by the New Jersey Devils in the 12th round of the 1990 NHL Entry Draft.
He would ultimately play in just 183 career NHL games during his time in the pros, but spent over a decade on the ice following his departure from Bowling Green State University prior to retiring and heading into coaching. He would play at both the major and minor league level in North America, wrapping up his career with time spent in Europe on German and Danish pro clubs before hanging up his skates in 2007.
From there, the 6 foot 5 former blue liner spent one season coaching at his NCAA alma mater before making the jump to coaching in the pros, spending part of the 2008-09 season as assistant coach of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins before getting promoted to head coach to replace Dan Bylsma. He would then serve as head coach for one more season before joining Bylsma as an assistant coach in the NHL with the Penguins, remaining there until he moved to the Capitals.