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Mitch Korn
Goaltending Coach

Mitch Korn enters his 16th season as the goaltending coach for the Predators and in his 23rd season in the NHL. He works with all netminders in the Nashville system, including those playing in Milwaukee (AHL), Cincinnati (ECHL), amateur leagues and Europe.

The well-known goaltending coach has helped several Nashville goaltenders burst onto the NHL scene, the most recent being Pekka Rinne, who was a finalist for the Vezina Trophy and finished among the Top 10 in Hart Trophy voting in both 2011 and 2012. Over the past five seasons, the Kempele, Finland leads all NHL netminders in shutouts (30), is ranked fifth in save percentage (.919), sixth in wins (152) and tied for seventh in goals-against average (2.36).

Nashville’s philosophy since its inception has been to build a solid foundation from the goaltender out, and Korn’s success cultivating players at the position has made that structure work. Dating back to the 1998 Expansion Draft, the likes of two-time Czech Olympian, 2010 World Champion and NHL All-Star Tomas Vokoun, and NHL mainstays Chris Mason, Dan Ellis – who led the league in save percentage his first full season with the Predators – and Anders Lindback have all developed under Korn’s watch. The veteran’s two newest students acquitted themselves nicely in 2012-13, as Magnus Hellberg (drafted by Nashville 38th overall in 2011) ranked among the AHL’s top four netminders in shutouts, goals-against average and save percentage in his first season in North America with the Milwaukee Admirals, while Marek Mazanec (drafted 179th by Nashville in 2012) led HC Plzen to its first Czech League title.

Before joining the Predators on July 23, 1998, Korn spent seven seasons in the Buffalo Sabres organization, where he enjoyed great success while working with two-time Hart Trophy-winner Dominik Hasek. While working with Korn, Hasek captured four Vezina Tro¬phies and led the NHL in save percentage five times. Korn also saw Buffalo’s goaltending tandem (Hasek and Hall-of-Famer Grant Fuhr) capture the NHL’s Jennings Trophy (lowest team goals-against average) during the 1994-95 season. In addition to goaltenders, Korn has also developed goalie coaches, with several who have learned under him serving around North America, including five currently at the NHL level.

The New York City native has more than 35 years of coaching experience, beginning his coaching career at Kent State University in 1979 shortly after ending his playing career at the school. He worked at Miami University’s Goggin Ice Center in Oxford, Ohio for 30 years until his retirement in 2010, coaching the school’s goalies until joining the Sabres in 1991. Korn, who runs goaltending and defensemen schools around the country in the off-season, also has contributed regularly to several hockey publications including USA Hockey Magazine, Goalies’ World and In-Goal Magazine.