Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced that David Rook has been named the team’s goaltending consultant. In his role, Rook will work with all goaltenders throughout the organization with a focus on Nashville’s prospects with the American Hockey League’s Milwaukee Admirals and ECHL’s Cincinnati Cyclones.
Rook has more than 10 years of coaching experience, highlighted by a stint as the Columbus Blue Jackets Goaltending Coach from 2009-11 and as the St. Louis Blues Goaltending Consultant/AHL Goaltending Coach from 2006-09, where he worked closely with 2014 Vezina Trophy Finalist Ben Bishop during his first two professional seasons.
The London, Ontario native enters his second season as the goaltending coach for the OHL’s Sarnia Sting in 2014-15 after spending two seasons in Europe with Alleghe HC of the Italian League in 2012-13 and Ambri-Piotta of the Swiss A League in 2011-12. From 2003-09, Rook coached the London Knights’ netminders, including draftees Trevor Cann (Colorado, 2007 second round), Gerald Coleman (Tampa Bay, 2003 seventh round), Adam Dennis (Buffalo, 2005 sixth round), Michael Zador (Tampa Bay, 2009 fifth round) and 2009 Calder Trophy winner Steve Mason (Columbus, 2006 third round). In 2005 behind the goaltending of Coleman and Dennis, the Knights won both the OHL title and Memorial Cup.
Rook also has experience with Team Ontario at the 2008 Under-17 Hockey Challenge, helping it to a gold medal in the tournament. He started his coaching career with the London Nationals of the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League in 1995, and since 1999, he’s also owned and served as director of Pure Hockey Goaltending which runs goaltending development programs in southwestern Ontario.