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Bucs Welcome Assistant Coach Mike Lysyj to Staff

December 4, 2020 - United States Hockey League (USHL) - Des Moines Buccaneers News Release

DES MOINES, IA - The Des Moines Buccaneers have hired Mike Lysyj to fill the position of Assistant Coach, the team announced today.

"We are very excited on the addition of Mike Lysyj to the Des Moines Buccaneers coaching staff. Mike brings a very detailed approach to our players and organization. Mike has great knowledge of the game from many different levels from various stops along his coaching career. We are very serious about the development and relationships with our players both on and off the ice and we know Mike will have great impact on a daily basis to help them reach their potential," Head Coach, Peter Mannino related about this recent addition to coaching.

Lysyj spent one season with the Silvertips and was named to his position on Jun. 25, 2019. The Silvertips led the WHL last season in wins (46) and finished one point shy of the Scotty Munro Trophy (most points in the WHL regular season) at 46-13-3-1 (96 points), before the league's conclusion of the season in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Lysyj, 31 has spent time previously as assistant coach for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and SUNY Fredonia. The former forward made his pro debut with an assist in six games with the Orlando Solar Bears (ECHL) in 2012-13 and recorded 29 games split between Peoria and Mississippi (SPHL) in 2013-14. Lysyj spent all four seasons of his college playing career with SUNY Cortland, registering 77 points (39g-38a) in 96 games.

"I am really excited to join the Buccaneers historic franchise! I want to thank Head Coach Peter Mannino for the opportunity and I look forward to a great season ahead," said Lysyj when asked about joining the Buccaneers.

You can catch Lysyj behind the behind the bench when the Buccaneers take the ice for a 3-game stand, December 8 vs. Sioux Falls ($1 Hot Dog Night), December 11 vs. Lincoln (2 for 1 Tallboy night) and December 12 vs. Green Bay at Wells Fargo Arena. Tickets are on sale at

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