COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Columbus Blue Jackets have hired Dave Rook as the club's goaltending coach, General Manager Scott Howson announced June 30. Rook, who served as a goaltending consultant for the St. Louis Blues from 2006-09, is working with the club during this week's Development Camp.
"We are very pleased to welcome Dave to our coaching staff," said Howson. "He is an experienced coach who helped Steve Mason become a prolific goaltender in the Ontario Hockey League, which has led to his success in the National Hockey League. We feel that Dave can work with the goaltenders in our system and take them to a higher level."
In addition to his work with St. Louis' affiliates and goaltending prospects, Rook has spent the past six years as the goaltending coach for the OHL's London Knights, where he worked with current Blue Jackets netminder Steve Mason. In 2006-07, Mason was named the OHL Goaltender of the Year and a year later he was again one of the league's top players and earned Most Valuable Player and Top Goaltender honors helping Team Canada win the gold medal at the 2008 World Junior Championships.
A native of London, Ontario, Rook played professionally in Europe for five seasons from 1991-96 before embarking on his teaching and consulting career. He worked for the London (Ontario) Nationals Junior B team from 1996-2003 before joining the Knights for the 2003-04 season and later helped London win the Memorial Cup championship in 2004-05.
Rook, 41, and his wife Krista are the parents of sons, Cameron (9) and Tyler (7). The family resides in London, Ontario.
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