Mitch Korn works with all netminders in the Nashville system, including those playing in Milwaukee (AHL), Cincinnati (ECHL), amateur leagues and Europe.
Korn has helped several Nashville goaltenders burst onto the NHL scene dating back to a player selected by the club in the 1998 Expansion Draft. Two-time Czech Olympian, 2010 World Champion and NHL All-Star Tomas Vokoun developed into one of the NHL’s elite netminders under Korn’s tutelage, while Chris Mason would follow, becoming a legitimate NHL starter after several seasons of working with Korn. In 2007-08, Dan Ellis developed into a No. 1 goalie after playing in just one NHL game prior to joining the Predators, leading the NHL in save percentage (.924) and tying for third in the NHL in shutouts (6) in his first full campaign. It was Pekka Rinne’s turn as a rookie in 2008-09 as he took over the No. 1 goalie position. After finishing among the League’s Top 10 in goals-against average (2.38), save percentage (.917) and shutouts (7, franchise record) as a rookie, the 2004 eighth round pick became just the second Predators goalie to record 30 wins (32) in 2009-10. His stellar post-2010 Olympic break performance was one of the keys in Nashville posting 100 points for the third time in franchise history
Prior to joining the Predators on July 23, 1998, Korn spent seven seasons coaching the netminders in the Buffalo Sabres organization, where he enjoyed great success while working with two-time Hart Trophy-winner Dominik Hasek. Under Korn’s tutelage, Hasek captured four Vezina Trophies and led the NHL with the best 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. Besides Hasek and Fuhr, Korn also coached Olaf Kolzig, Steve Shields and Martin Biron.
The New York City native recently retired from Miami University’s Goggin Ice Center in Oxford, Ohio where he worked in a variety of capacities for 30 years. Korn, who runs goaltending and defensemen schools around the country in the off-season, also contributes regularly to several hockey publications including USA Hockey Magazine and Goalies’ World.
Korn began his college hockey career at Kent State University in the late 1970s and started his coaching career at KSU in 1979. He continued coaching the goaltenders at Miami University until joining the Sabres in 1991. Korn has more than 34 years of coaching experience.
Mitch’s daughter, Ashley, is a graduate of Miami University, skated on the university’s national championship Collegiate Synchronized Skating Team, and is currently pursuing a Masters Degree at Cal State – Fullerton.