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Capitals’ Goalie Prospects Sing Mitch Korn’s Praises

July 6th, 2017 at 5:25 PM
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On just the second day of the Washington Capitals 2017 development camp, goalie coach Mitch Korn pulled a ramp out onto the ice and planted it in front of the net. Used to mimic the game-like scenario of deflections, Korn had two players stand and shoot pucks up the ramp and toward the goal.

Though goaltenders get to practice deflections and have gone through their fair share of drills, this was something Mack Shields, one of the netminders who attended Capitals 2017 development camp, had yet to experience.

“When he brought a ramp out, it was very unique,” Capitals goalie prospect Mack Shields said. “I’ve never done anything like that and it really helped pinpoint some great points he was working out.”


Washington Capitals goalie coach Mitch Korn works with Mack Shields at 2017 Development Camp. (Credit: Sammi Silber/THW)

Known for his unorthodox yet dedicated coaching style, “The Goalie Whisperer” is said to be one of the greatest goalie coaches of all time. Not only did he coach Dominik Hasek and Braden Holtby to a combination of five Vezina trophies and eight nominations, but he has also worked with the likes of goaltenders like Pekka Rinne, Grant Fuhr and Tomas Vokoun.

Korn’s Legacy in Washington

Washington hired Korn after they cleaned out the front office and brought Brian MacLellan and Barry Trotz on board. Korn had worked under Trotz in Nashville and took on the coaching duties right away in Washington.

After Holtby struggled in 2013-14, Korn came in and turned the tables right away. Just one year later, Holtby completely elevated his game, so much so that he ranked among the best goalies in the NHL just a season later. In 2015-16, Holtby thrived and not only took home the Vezina Trophy but was considered one of the league’s elite netminders.

“What sets [Korn] apart is his innovation,” Holtby told Bleacher Report. “He’s always a …

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Tags: Adam Carlson, Capitals Goaltending, Capitals Prospects, Colin Delia, Mack Shields, Michael Lackey, Mitch Korn, Top Story, Washington Capitals

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