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Mitch Korn Mic’d Up At Caps’ Development Camp

Mitch Korn Mic’d Up At Caps’ Development Camp

The NHL season has ended and most of the league’s players are faced with the long offseason ahead of them. For the coaches and young prospects of each team, the development camp season is just getting started.

With camps taking place across the league, it has been interesting to keep an eye on. For some, it’s a chance to see players in the uniform of their new team for the first time. For other, more goalie-minded folk, it’s a rare chance to see certain goaltending prospects work out in North America.

Mitch Korn, the goalie coach for the Washington Capitals, was on the ice this week with his team’s young goaltenders at their development camp. Monumental Network mic’d him up during one of the sessions, and the result is an interesting peek into his personality on the ice:

The goalies are seen practicing with medicine balls, which is something that Korn has been using for a while. He talks about the benefits in a previous article here on InGoal.

The goaltenders attending Capitals’ development camp include free agents Keegan Asmundson, Kasimir Kaskisuo, Chris Nell, Jan Ruzicka, and 2014 second-round pick Vitek Vanecek.

For the free agent goaltenders, this is an opportunity to show their work ethic and interest in turning pro. Some free agent players invited to these camps still have years of junior eligibility left and end up returning to their junior teams, but a chance to work with Mitch Korn and other professional coaches is a wonderful opportunity.

Vitek Vanecek is the biggest name of the goaltenders invited to Capitals’ camp, and it has been reported that he will make the jump to North America full time next season, after finishing the year as a practice goalie with the Hershey Bears.

Knowing Korn, it wasn’t all just hard work out on the ice. There was time for some fun and games at the end of the session, as the goalies took part in a little game of tag.

About The Author

Greg Balloch

Greg Balloch is a Vancouver-based writer for InGoal Magazine, broadcaster for Sportsnet 650, and goaltending coach. His career began in Hamilton, Ontario with the Junior 'A' Hamilton Red Wings, before moving to Vancouver to cover the Canucks on the radio and work with the Surrey Eagles of the BCHL. A lifelong goaltender, he has been teaching the position for over a decade.