Skip to content

Columbus’ Letestu the latest locked-out NHLer to join coaching ranks

Nov 29, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

Comments Off on Columbus’ Letestu the latest locked-out NHLer to join coaching ranks
Letestu

Say this about the work stoppage — it might have kickstarted a few coaching careers.

That was the word out of Edmonton on Wednesday as 630 CHED Sports radio host Dan Tencer spoke with Mark Letestu, the Columbus Blue Jackets forward that’s currently serving as an assistant coach with Bonnyville of the Alberta Junior Hockey League.

Letestu, an Alberta native, spent three years playing for Bonnyville before joining Western Michigan University for one season. Pittsburgh signed him as a undrafted free agent in 2007 and, after making his way to the NHL and posting an impressive 2010-11 campaign (14G-13A in 64 games), he was acquired by Columbus last November.

The 27-year-old thrived with the Blue Jackets — scoring 11G-13A-24 points in just 51 games, averaging a career-high 16:15 minutes per game — and now has plenty to offer the Bonnyville team, currently playing in Canada’s second-highest junior hockey tier.

“Hopefully I can [the players] with some of the lessons I had to learn,” Letestu explained. “Some of the trials and tribulations I went through — maybe help them avoid some of them and make their progression a little quicker.”

As mentioned above, Letestu isn’t the only locked-out NHLers to have taken a coaching gig:

— Florida’s Kris Versteeg is behind the bench for the University of Lethbridge. (link)

– Columbus’ RJ Umberger is doing volunteer work at his alma mater, Ohio State. (link)

– Colorado’s Ryan O’Byrne joined the staff of the BCHL’s Victoria Grizzlies. (link)

– Toronto’s John-Michael Liles is behind the bench at Culver Academy in Indiana. (link)

In a similar vein, veteran goalie Dwayne Roloson was reportedly offered the goaile coaching gig in Toronto, but turned it down to continue his playing career.

Latest Posts
  1. Looking to make the leap: Mirco Mueller

    Aug 28, 2015, 1:40 PM EDT

    Vancouver Canucks v San Jose Sharks Getty Images

    After an up-and-down rookie year, he’s looking to solidify his spot.

  2. Hall of Famer Al Arbour passes away

    Aug 28, 2015, 12:19 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Penguins v New York Islanders Getty Images

    Legendary Isles coach had been battling Parkinson’s and dementia.

  3. Poll: Who will be San Jose’s next captain?

    Aug 28, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT

    Joe Thornton Getty Images

    Bit of an issue last season, if you’ll recall.

  4. Under Pressure: Martin Jones

    Aug 28, 2015, 11:00 AM EDT

    Canada v Germany - 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Getty Images

    From little-used backup to clear-cut No. 1.

  5. San Jose Sharks ’15-16 Outlook

    Aug 28, 2015, 10:03 AM EDT

    Alex Stalock Getty Images

    It all comes down to goaltending.

  6. It’s San Jose Sharks Day at PHT

    Aug 28, 2015, 9:00 AM EDT

    Patrick Marleau Getty Images

    Their playoff streak ended after 10 straight appearances.

  7. Kings ink prospect Sharipzyanov to entry-level contract

    Aug 27, 2015, 10:00 PM EDT

    Damir Sharipzyanov Getty Images

    The defenseman had 34 points in 66 OHL games last season.

  8. Sabres interested in luring Franson

    Aug 27, 2015, 8:58 PM EDT

    Cody Franson Getty Images

    He might end up with a two-year deal.

  9. Ladd wants to re-sign before season starts

    Aug 27, 2015, 8:21 PM EDT

    Andrew Ladd Getty Images

    He’s entering the final season of his five-year, $22 million deal.

  10. AHL unveils schedule with California teams playing fewer games

    Aug 27, 2015, 6:48 PM EDT

    061315 comets mdd AP

    Playoff seeding will be determined by points percentage.

  11. Under pressure: Mike Johnston

    Aug 27, 2015, 4:25 PM EDT

    Mike Johnston Getty Images

    The Penguins are a win now team coming off of a quick first round exit.

  12. Pittsburgh’s biggest question: Is the defense good enough?

    Aug 27, 2015, 2:06 PM EDT

    St. Louis Blues v Pittsburgh Penguins Getty Images

    “I’m fully aware that at some point in time we may have to address that position.”

  13. Marty favor? Blues bringing Gomez to camp on PTO

    Aug 27, 2015, 12:17 PM EDT

    New Jersey Devils v Philadelphia Flyers Getty Images

    The two have a bit of a history, as you may recall…

  14. Poll: Will Kessel score 40?

    Aug 27, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT

    The Toronto Maple hold their post season media availibility and team President Brendan Shanahan holds a press conference to answer questions Getty Images

    It’s a benchmark he’s never hit before.

  15. Looking to make the leap: Derrick Pouliot

    Aug 27, 2015, 10:52 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Flyers v Pittsburgh Penguins Getty Images

    The 21-year-old looks like he’ll be counted upon heavily.

  16. Mike Richards charged with possession of controlled substance

    Aug 27, 2015, 9:48 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Kings v New York Rangers Getty Images

    For a border incident that occurred in mid-June.

Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. P. Kessel (1511)
  2. P. Kane (1353)
  3. S. Matthias (1242)
  4. M. Zuccarello (1162)
  5. D. Carcillo (1126)