OTTAWA - The Ottawa Senators announced today that the team has hired Zac Bierk as its new goaltending coach following the re-assignment of Pierre Groulx to a scouting and development role.
"Unfortunately, a number of our goaltending performances this season have been underwhelming," said Senators general manager Pierre Dorion. "I think very highly of Pierre Groulx, he's as dedicated and tireless a worker as anyone in the organization, but we recently reached a point where we thought a fresh outlook could help return some stability to our crease."
A native of Peterborough, Ont., Bierk, 44, has spent the last two-plus seasons as goaltending development coach with the Arizona Coyotes where he was primarily responsible for overseeing goaltending prospect development at the American Hockey League, major junior and collegiate levels. A Tampa Bay Lightning draft pick in 1995, he appeared in 47 NHL games over parts of six playing seasons with Tampa Bay, the Minnesota Wild and the Coyotes.
Groulx, 45, is in the midst of his second tenure with the Senators after rejoining the organization ahead of the 2016-17 season. He also has previous work experience with the Florida Panthers and the Montreal Canadiens.
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