The Carolina Hurricanes have a new goalie coach. Jason Muzzatti was announced Tuesday as the Canes’ goaltending coach for the upcoming 2019-2020 season. He replaces Mike Bales, who moved on to the same position with the Buffalo Sabres back in June.
Muzzatti, 49, joins the Canes after spending the last four years as goaltending coach at Michigan State. Prior to coaching there, Muzzatti was a standout goaltender with the Spartans, where he also played alongside another famous Spartan: Rod Brind’Amour. The two were teammates during the 1988-89 season.
Muzzatti was drafted by the Calgary Flames 21st overall in the 1988 NHL draft. He spent 16 years as a professional goalie in different leagues - NHL, AHL, IHL, as well as stints in Germany, Finland, even Italy, where he also competed on the national team. Muzzatti was named the 2010 IHL Coach of the Year when his Flint Generals were the league runners-up.
Based on his proclivity to delegate - in particular to Bales’ suggestions on who should start in net last year - it seems reasonable to assume Brind’Amour wanted someone he could trust to fill the role of goalie coach. It appears that in Muzzatti, the coach has exactly that.