TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- Almost two months after deciding to call it a career following 17 years in the NHL, Chris Osgood appears to be right at home in his new role as an assistant goalie coach for the Detroit Red Wings.
Osgood was all smiles on the opening day of the Traverse City Prospects Tournament here at Center ICE Arena on Saturday, helping mentor young goalies Petr Mrazek, Evan Mosher and Ramis Sadikov. Those prospects will rotate playing time throughout the five-day tournament.
Coach Osgood said he's looking forward to the new challenge.
"I'm excited to begin my new job working with the young guys … I've worked with Howie (Jimmy Howard), but that was in a different capacity since I was still playing," Osgood told NHL.com. "I've always enjoyed teaching the young guys and that's how I was brought up in the organization with guys like Mike Vernon, Tim Cheveldae, Ken Wregget and Dominik Hasek. A lot of guys taught me and mentored me, so that was the same thing I did with Howie and I enjoyed it."