Our man Ty Conklin, the only Alaskan goaltender to play in the NHL, has been hired by the St. Louis Blues as their goalie development coach, the NHL team announced today.
Conklin, 37, will work with the masked men in the Blues' system and especially with their AHL affiliate in Chicago. Conklin, who retired after the 2011-12 season, worked with the goalies in the Blues' system last season, when the club's affiliate was in Peoria.
Conklin played 11 NHL seasons and the Blues were one of six teams he played for -- the others were the Oilers, Blue Jackets, Sabres, Penguins and Red Wings. He went 96-67-21 with a 2.69 goals-against average and .906 save percentage, plus 17 shutouts.
He also represented the U.S. in international competition and was named Best Goalie at the 2004 World Championships. At New Hampshire, Conklin was an All-American.