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Caps name Korn new goalie coach

Jun 24, 2014, 3:52 PM EDT

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The Washington Capitals have found their next goalie coach — one that’s new to the organization, but familiar to head coach Barry Trotz.

Mitch Korn, who spent the last 15 years alongside Trotz in Nashville, has been named as Olaf Kolzig’s replacement in Washington, the club announced on Tuesday. Korn takes over after Kolzig left his post of three years due to family reasons.

“I am very pleased to join the Washington Capitals and continue to work alongside Barry Trotz,” Korn said in a statement. “I look forward to working with all of the talented goaltenders in the organization and helping them improve and succeed on the ice. I want to thank the Nashville Predators for a great 16 years and wish them the very best in the future.

“I have known Olie for many years and have a great appreciation and respect for the way he views the goaltending position. We will continue to discuss the best way for him to remain with the organization while doing what’s best for his family.”

Known as one of the most successful goalie coaches in the NHL, Korn worked with four-time Vezina winner Dominik Hasek in Buffalo before joining the Predators organization. With Nashville, Korn was lauded for his tutelage of  Pekka Rinne — a two-time Vezina finalist — and ex-Preds goalie Tomas Vokoun.

His expertise will come in handy, and immediately, with the Caps. The club doesn’t currently have a backup signed behind No. 1 Braden Holtby and there are a number of veteran goalies available in free agency. One expects Korn will have a major influence on who the club opts to bring in.

  1. lowenni - Jun 24, 2014 at 4:06 PM

    Really excited about him coming to the Caps. I think Holtby has a ton of potential and under the tutelage of Korn I think he can be a top-10 goalie in the NHL easily. His struggles this year I blame solely on Adam Oates–who proclaimed himself well taught on the goalie position “because he was the coach” and decided he knew how Holtby should play both over both Holtby’s and their former goalie coach’s contrary beliefs. I’m really pumped for this next season for the Caps.

  2. Clare Austin - Jun 24, 2014 at 4:09 PM

    Mitch Korn is definitely one of the best goalie coaches in the world. Watching him work is a treat and I’ll miss him terribly in Nashville. Best of luck to him and to Trotz. Both are truly gentlemen.

  3. ibieiniid - Jun 24, 2014 at 4:36 PM

  4. theageofquarrel - Jun 24, 2014 at 5:17 PM

  5. forsch31 - Jun 24, 2014 at 5:33 PM

    A bit of a clarification…Kolzig is not leaving the organization. From the linked story:

    “Korn and Kolzig are currently discussing Kolzig’s level of time commitment and involvement with the organization.”

    He also didn’t hold the goaltending coach job for three years; he was an associate goaltending coach starting for the 2011-2012 season, working mostly with the goaltending prospects in Hershey and the ECHL. It was a job created that would allow him time off for his family, especially for his autistic son.

    Kolzig was promoted to goaltending coach after the Capitals fired Dave Prior early this past season because he was clashing with then-coach Adam Oates. Most likely, this will be Kolzig returning to a more part-time position similar to the one he had before.

  6. gbgrieves - Jun 24, 2014 at 7:35 PM

    Awesome coach!

  7. vbcaps - Jun 24, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    Sounds like he is a solid choice. Time to see if holtby’s flashes of excellence can be consistent

    I think his potential is def there

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