Mitch is in his 4th year with the Washington Capitals after 16 seasons with the Nashville Predators and previously seven seasons with the Buffalo Sabres. Mitch is celebrating his 27th year in the NHL.
After 26 seasons, Korn has stepped away for the “day to day” coaching grind to become the Cap’s “Director of Goaltending”.
His hard work, superb communication skills, ability to “dissect" a goalie’s game, and great sense of humor have gained him the respect and friendship of those he has coached and worked with at all levels. In 2010, “The Hockey News” chose Mitch as “one of the top 10 Genius’ in hockey”.
With Braden Holtby’s nominations (2016 and 2017) and winning of the 2016 Vezina Trophy, it marked the 8th Korn coached goalie nomination and 5th awarded Vezina. Dominik Hasek also won 2 MVP Hart trophies under Korn. He is the only coach in NHL history to coach a goaltender to a Vezina Trophy with two different teams (Buffalo, Washington). Korn goalies have earned the Jennings Trophy (fewest goals against) in both Buffalo (Fuhr and Hasek) and Washington (Holtby).
Fondly referred to as “Children of the Korn” (a phrase coined by Capitals head coach Barry Trotz) these current and former goalies (many of whom are now coaching) have benefited from and helped spread the “goalie gospel according to Mitch”.
Besides having coached present and former pro goalies Braden Holtby, Philipp Grubauer, Pekka Rinne, Carter Hutton, Devin Dubnyk, Scott Darling, Anders Lindback, Justin Peters, Pheonix Copley, Jeremy Smith, Vitek Vanecek, Parker Milner, Adam Carlson, Magnus Hellberg, Marek Mazanec, Mike McKenna, Chris Mason, Dan Ellis, Marty Biron, Mark Dekanich, Dominik Hasek, Tomas Vokoun, and Drew MacIntyre, Mitch has coached and influenced many others who have (in the past) or who are currently coaching professionally. They include: Ben Vanderklok (Nashville), Scott Murray (Caps), Steve Briere (Toronto), Wade Flaherty (Winnipeg), Mike Bales (Carolina), Grant Fuhr (formerly Phoenix), Steve McKichan (formerly Toronto), Corey Hirsch (formerly St. Louis), Mike Valley (formerly Dallas), Clint Malarchuk (formerly Calgary), Olaf Kolzig (development for Caps), Mike Dunham (AHL for Boston), Karl Goehring (AHL for Tampa), Alex Westlund (AHL for Caps) Seamus Kotyk (AHL for Buffalo), Steve Shields (formerly AHL now Univ. of Michigan), Ty Conklin (formerly AHL for St. Louis) and Bob Janosz (formerly AHL for Buffalo).
In addition, Mitch has trained countless others who now are in the "goalie business" coaching, scouting and training a "new generation" of goaltenders at various levels. Some include Nick Petraglia, Chris Economou, Justin Goldman, Phil Bowles, Svein Hagaseth, Josh Hand, Jon DeCastro, Bill Pye, Jerome Bergquist, Robb Stauber, Justin Camuto, Cody Osborne, Alan Avery, Andrew Furbush, Laura Pecchia, Eric Sorenson, Bill Horn, Shane Connelly, Nick Blanchette, Chris Carter, Kevin Kreutzer, Rich Shulmistra, Dan Kodatsky, etc. Mitch is truly a teacher and a mentor.
Mitch has over 40 years of organizing and running summer hockey programs and will personally do all the coaching for each Goalie Camp. He is absolutely “hands on”.
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