Advice from New Capitals Goalie Coach Mitch Korn
The Washington Capitals made one of the NHL’s worst-kept secrets official this week when they announced Mitch Korn as their new goaltending coach, joining new head coach Barry Trotz in moving on from the Nashville Predators.
Korn’s impressive track record during 30 years as a coach has been well documented, including his work with freshly inducted Hall of Fame goalie Dominik Hasek and the Buffalo Sabres before moving on to Nashville, where he helped develop Pekka Rinne, Tomas Vokoun and many others.
Korn has also long been a great friend to InGoal Magazine, sharing insights on the position as well as advice for our readers and other coaches, both through the magazine and our old Ask a Pro segment.
As Korn moves on to work with Braden Holtby in Washington, it seemed like a good time to look back at some of the things he has also shared with goalies over the years here at InGoal. We’ll start with the article that first appeared in our 2012 Summer Camp Guide, which listed six pieces of advice for working with goaltenders in practice. They included establishing the proper warm-up shots, giving goalies enough time to reset between repetitions to ensure they were doing drills properly, and not just working on things a goalie is already good at. You can read all of his advice by clicking here.
Korn also dished out plenty of great tips during an Ask a Pro session that was so helpful we had to split it into two parts.
You can read Part 1, which includes advice on staying sharp without a lot of shots and tips for aspiring pro and college goalies, here.
Part 2, which starts with some strong thoughts for parents of really young goalies just getting started, can be found by clicking here.
There’s plenty of great advice in each article, but if you are looking for more, be sure to check out Korn’s Summer Camps for the chance to learn in person from the long-time NHL goaltending guru.