The Springfield Falcons, American Hockey League affiliate of the Columbus Blue Jackets, have named Toby Petersen an assistant coach, club Director of Hockey Operations Bruce Landon announced today.
Petersen, 35, recently retired as a player after spending 14 years in the National and American Hockey Leagues. A forward, Petersen recorded 33 goals, 48 assists, 81 points and 50 penalty minutes in 398 career NHL games with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Edmonton Oilers and Dallas Stars as well as 149-226-374, 157 PIM in 550 career AHL games with the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins, Edmonton Road Runners and Iowa/Texas Stars. He was named to the AHL’s All-Rookie Team in 2001, competed in the league’s All-Star Game in 2008 and captured a Calder Cup championship with Texas this year.
A native of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Petersen represented the United States at the 2007 IIHF World Championships, tallying 2-1-3 in seven tournament appearances. He was also a member of Team USA at the IIHF World Junior Championships in both 1997 (silver) and 1998.
Selected by Pittsburgh out of Colorado College in the ninth round, 244th overall, at the 1998 NHL Draft, Petersen registered 59-69-128 in 138 career NCAA games from 1996-2000. He was named to the WCHA’s All-Rookie Team and helped the Tigers reach the Frozen Four as a freshman in 1997.