The New York Islanders announced today that Mitch Korn has been named Director of Goaltending.
Korn spent the past season as the Director of Goaltending and three previous as Goaltending Coach, all with the Washington Capitals. During his time in Washington, the Capitals won two consecutive Presidents' Trophies (2015-16 and 2016-17) and the franchise's first Stanley Cup (2018). At the completion of the 2014-15 season, under Korn's coaching, Capitals' goalie Braden Holtby finished with the most saves (1,887), played the most games (73) and finished second in wins (41). The following season, Holtby tied Hall of Fame netminder, Martin Brodeur's NHL record of 48 victories and won the Vezina Trophy as the top goaltender in the National Hockey League.
Prior to his time with Washington, Korn spent 16 seasons as the Goaltending Coach for the Nashville Predators. The 2018-19 season is Korn's 28th coaching in the NHL. Korn worked with all netminders in the Nashville system during his tenure with the Predators and helped develop several into elite NHL goaltenders. Under Korn's direction, Pekka Rinne was named a finalist for the Vezina Trophy in 2011 and 2012. Korn also worked with two-time Czech Olympian, 2010 World Champion and NHL All-Star Tomas Vokoun.
Before joining the Predators in 1998, Korn spent seven seasons (1991-98) with the Buffalo Sabres, working with Hockey Hall-of-Fame goalie and two-time Hart Trophy-winner Dominik Hasek. While working with Korn, Hasek captured four Vezina Trophies and led the NHL in save percentage five times. At the time, Sabres goaltending tandem of Hasek and Grant Fuhr captured the NHL's Jennings Trophy (lowest team goals-against average) during the 1994-95 season.
Korn began his coaching career at Kent State University in 1979 shortly after ending his playing career at the school. He worked at Miami University's Goggin Ice Center in Oxford, Ohio, coaching the school's goalies until joining the Sabres in 1991.