The Pittsburgh Penguins have named Jacques Martin as a special assistant to head coach Mike Johnston, the team announced on its official website.
Martin, 62, will carry a unique role for the club, watching games from the media level in order to provide Johnston and his assistant coaches additional observations.
“I’m really looking forward to it,” Martin told Penguins.com. “I have a good relationship with the coaching staff and management. Being closer to the team and provide feedback, use my experience from over the years, just giving them another opinion.”
Martin has worked in various roles for the Penguins organization over the past two NHL seasons. He served as an assistant on Dan Bylsma’s coaching staff during the 2013-14 campaign before GM Jim Rutherford promoted him to the senior advisor of hockey operations in July of 2014.
The former head coach of the Ottawa Senators, Florida Panthers, and Montreal Canadiens will still be involved in scouting with the club, but it will be done using video rather than on-site. His primary role will be providing in-game and post-game notes to Penguins players, coaches and team executives.
“Coming down between periods to give feedback of what I see upstairs, on our players, our system, our execution,” he explained. “So in-between periods as well as after games and in between games giving my analysis to Mike (Johnston). Another voice, looking at the game from upstairs versus the bench.”