Former NHL defenseman Phil Housley was named an assistant coach by the Nashville Predators on Tuesday,
Housley's coaching experience includes serving as an assistant for the U.S. team that won the gold medal at the 2013 World Junior Championships.
"Phil brings a unique skill set to our coaching staff," Predators general manager David Poile said. "He was one of the most talented offensive defensemen to play in the NHL, and he has worked extensively with young players during his coaching career. He will continue to focus his efforts on our young defensemen and assisting on the power play."
Housley, 49, ranks fourth in NHL history in points by a defenseman with 1,232 (338 goals, 894 assists) and sixth in games played by a blue liner (1,495) during his 21 seasons (1982-2003). He also was a member of the U.S. team that won a silver medal at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics.
"A coach with history as a defenseman who was offensively gifted and excelled on the power play is something we have never had on our coaching staff," Predators coach Barry Trotz said. "His insight and viewpoint will bring a fresh perspective to our team."