August 9, 2022

Washington Capitals expected to hire Korn as goalie coach

According to multiple reports, but first reported by Josh Cooper of The Tenneseean, the Washington Capitals are expected to announce Mitch Korn as their new goaltending coach.

Korn, 56, joins head coach Barry Trotz in D.C. in the same capacity that he served Trotz in Nashville with the Predators since 1998-99.

Prior to joining Trotz with the Preds, Korn spent seven seasons with the Buffalo Sabres. Some of Korn’s prized pupils are Dominic Hasek, Tomas Vokoun, Dan Ellis and Pekke Rinne.

According to CSN Washington, Olie Kolzig, who was the goaltending coach last season in his first stint as an NHL assistant coach, will remain on staff.

Kolzig, obviously, holds a very special place in Capitals history, but the goalies seemed to take a step back last season as the team struggled as a whole. It was also widely reported that former head coach Adam Oates played a big part in trying to change Braden Holtby’s style during the first half of the season when he struggled the most, and Holtby credited a discussion with Kolzig as the motivating factor for him returning to his previous form.

“Olie and I have been on the same page since day one. He’s been keeping me sane through everything,” Holtby said then. “We talked about everything and we realized that I had to get back to where my natural instincts led me and we did that as a goaltender-goalie coach tandem, and I think towards the end of the season I think that paid off.”

About Dave Nichols

Dave Nichols is Editor-in-Chief of District Sports Page. He is credentialed to cover the Washington Nationals, Capitals, Wizards and Mystics. Dave also covers national college football and basketball and Major League Soccer for Associated Press and is a copy editor for the Spokesman-Review newspaper in Spokane, WA. He spent four years in radio covering the Baltimore Orioles, Washington Redskins and the University of Maryland football and basketball teams. Dave is a life-long D.C. sports fan and attended his first pro game in 1974 — the Caps’ second game in existence. You can follow him on Twitter @DaveNicholsDSP

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