The Columbus Blue Jackets have rounded out their coaching staff for the 2006-07 season by naming Clint Malarchuk
goaltending coach, the club announced today.
“Clint is an experienced coach who has worked with one of the best young goaltenders in the NHL in Roberto Luongo and we're excited to have him join our staff,” said Blue Jackets Head Coach Gerard Gallant.
Malarchuk, 45, comes to Columbus after spending three seasons with the Florida Panthers organization as goaltending coach. From 2002-04, he helped then-Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo make his first All-Star Game appearance and set an NHL record for saves in a season (2,303) in 2003-04. That same year Luongo was a Vezina Trophy finalist, finishing third in the voting for the league's top goaltender award. He spent 2004-05 as an assistant coach with the San Antonio Rampage, Florida's American Hockey League affiliate.
"The Blue Jackets organization is regarded as one of the best in hockey circles and I'm very pleased and proud to be a part of it," said Malarchuk. "I'm looking forward to working with the goaltenders in the organization, including Pascal Leclaire who I think is one of the most talented young players at the position in the NHL."
Malarchuk played 10 seasons in the NHL and compiled a 141-130-45 record with a 3.47 goals-against average (GAA), .885 save percentage and 12 shutouts in 338 games with the Quebec Nordiques, Washington Capitals and Buffalo Sabres. He was the Nordiques' third pick, 74th overall in the 1981 Entry Draft. His best NHL season was 1985-86 when he compiled a 26-12-4 mark, 3.21 GAA and four shutouts in 46 games with Quebec. He also had 20 wins for Washington in 1987-88, going 24-20-4 with a 3.16 GAA and four shutouts in 54 outings.
A native of Grande Prairie, Alberta, Malarchuk also played in the AHL and International Hockey League during his 14-year career. He was the co-winner of the AHL's Harry “Hap” Holmes Memorial Award (fewest goals against) with Fredericton teammate Brian Ford in 1982-83. With the IHL's San Diego Gulls in 1992-93, he was the co-winner of the James Norris Memorial Trophy (fewest goals against) with Rick Knickle on a team that opened the season with a 25-0-1 record. He finished his IHL career with a 67-27-13 record and 3.38 GAA with San Diego and the Las Vegas Thunder
Following his playing career, Malarchuk spent three seasons as an assistant general manager with the Thunder before being named the club’s head coach late in the 1997-98 season. His coaching experience also includes serving as a head coach with the Idaho Steelheads of the West Coast Hockey League and as a goaltending coach with the Western Hockey League's Prince George Cougars (WHL).