Jay Pandolfo’s summer of skill development evolved into a full-time focus today with the Boston Bruins’ announcement of his hiring as the organization’s development coach.
A mere eight weeks removed from coaching at the USA Hockey Boys’ Select 17 Player Development Camp, Pandolfo will now turn his attention to the Bruins’ younger players and prospects as he helps them hone their skills and prepare for the rigors of professional hockey.
“We’re excited to have Jay rejoin the Bruins organization as he brings a wealth of NHL experience to our group,” said Don Sweeney, Boston’s assistant general manager. “He knows what it takes for forwards to play in all sorts of different roles on Stanley Cup-winning teams. I believe Jay will be a huge asset to aid our staff in the development of our young players.”
Pandolfo, 39, closed the curtain on a stellar playing career this past January after skating in 899 NHL games and twice hoisting the Stanley Cup. The Massachusetts native also wore the red, white and blue on two occasions, as a member of the United States National Junior Team in 1994 and the U.S. Men’s National Team in 1999. Ten years prior, he competed in the USA Hockey Youth National Championships with his bantam team from Burlington, Mass.
“Working with the younger players in the system and helping them improve as professionals is an opportunity I’m grateful for and a challenge that I look forward to,” said Pandolfo.
Discipline will no doubt be among his teaching themes, as it was earlier this summer, when he shared the lessons of his experience with USA Hockey’s select camp invitees.
“The most important thing is discipline,” he told the Select 17s, covering a range of topics from proper sleep and nutrition to strength training and skill work. “If you want to play in the NHL for a long time, you’ve got to make a choice to do what it takes – every day – to be a success.”