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Korn hired as Islanders director of goaltending

Won Stanley Cup with Capitals last season in same role, will be reunited with Trotz @NHLdotcom

Mitch Korn was hired by the New York Islanders as director of goaltending Thursday.

Korn was in the same position last season with the Washington Capitals after he was their goaltending coach the three previous seasons. The Capitals won the Stanley Cup last season after winning the Presidents' Trophy in 2016 and 2017.

Korn will be reunited with Barry Trotz, who coached the Capitals the past four seasons before resigning June 18 and becoming coach of the Islanders on June 21. Korn was goaltending coach under Trotz with the Nashville Predators for 16 seasons (1998-2014).

Under Korn, goalie Braden Holtby tied the single-season NHL record of 48 wins (Martin Brodeur, 2006-07) and won the Vezina Trophy in 2016. Holtby won the Jennings Trophy in 2016-17 when Washington allowed the fewest goals in the NHL (177).

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Prior to joining the Predators, Korn worked for the Buffalo Sabres from 1991-98. During that time, Dominik Hasek won the Vezina Trophy four times and the Hart Trophy as NHL MVP twice. Hasek and Grant Fuhr won the Jennings Trophy for the 1994-95 season.

Korn, 60, has worked 41 years in hockey, 27 in the NHL. In addition to Holtby and Hasek, Pekka Rinne of the Predators was a two-time Vezina finalist under Korn (2010-12).

The Islanders allowed the most goals in the NHL last season (293, 3.57 per game), the most since the Philadelphia Flyers allowed 297 in 2006-07.

New York hired Piero Greco as its goaltending coach Wednesday. Greco worked the past four seasons in the same position with Toronto of the American Hockey League.

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