The New York Islanders announced today that Piero Greco has been named NHL Goaltending Coach.
Greco served as the Head Goaltending Coach for the Toronto Marlies, American Hockey League affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs, for the past four seasons. Last year, the Marlies won their first Calder Cup Championship in franchise history. During the regular season, both Toronto goalies, Garret Sparks (first) and Calvin Pickard (seventh) finished in the top seven in goals against average in the AHL. Sparks set not only career regular season numbers in games played (43) and shutouts (six), but also finished at the top of each category in the league, in goals against average (1.79), save percentage (.936) and wins (31).
Prior to working for the Marlies, Greco spent time coaching in the Ontario Hockey League with the Owen Sound Attack (2002-2004), Barrie Colts (2004-2010) and the Kitchener Rangers (2010-2013).
The Toronto, Ontario native played professionally for 12 seasons in Europe, making stops in Italy, England and Austria. Greco also played in the ECHL with the Birmingham Bulls.
(Photo courtesy of Christian Bonin, Toronto Marlies)