Penguins' Bylsma visits hometown, enjoys fishing on Lake Michigan

Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma returned to his hometown of Grand Haven last week to vacation and run his annual youth hockey camp in Grand Rapids. On Friday, he enjoyed a morning of charter fishing aboard the boat "Reel Pursuit,' captained by Ken and Jason Steigenga. Joining Bylsma on board was Grand Haven's Jay Brace, who submitted the winning bid at the Grand Haven Christian School auction last spring for the opportunity to enjoy a morning out on the water with the reigning National Hockey League Coach of the Year.
Tribune Staff
Aug 15, 2011


Joining the crew on board was Brace’s family, including Rebecca Brace, Leighsa Brace, David Brace, and  Jonathan Sytsma, a friend of Rebecca Brace.
All of the charter group attended Grand Haven Christian and Western Michigan Christian High School, except Sytsma hails from Wheaton, Ill.

Bylsma, in his second full season coaching Pittsburgh, led the Penguins to a 49-25-8 record. He won the Jack Adams Award as Coach of the Year in June.
Bylsma previously was the head coach of the Penguins’ top minor league affiliate at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

He was promoted to head coach of the Penguins 57 games into their season in 2009 and sparked a remarkable turnaround for the struggling team, leading them to a Stanley Cup title.


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