Two-time Hobey Baker Award finalist and 2001 University of New Hampshire graduate Ty Conklin will return to Durham this season as a volunteer assistant/goaltending development coach for Wildcats the men's hockey team.
Conklin, a two-time All-American who graduated with a 57-23-12 record and owns the program record for career goals against average (2.18) most recently served as the goaltending development coach for the St. Louis Blues.
Conklin earned a 96-67-1 record and 17 shutouts in 215 NHL games in nine seasons over his time with the Edmonton Oilers, Columbus Blue Jackets, Buffalo Sabres, Pittsburgh Penguins, Detroit Red Wings and St. Louis. He went 18-8-5 and set Pittsburgh's franchise record for single-season save percentage (.923) while with the Penguins during the 2007-08 season.
While at UNH, Conklin served as captain his senior year and was the Hockey East Co-Player of the Year in 2000. He was inducted into the UNH Athletics Hall of Fame in 2008.
"Ty is the most successful goalie in program history and we are lucky to have him as our goaltending development coach," UNH coach Mike Souza, who played with Conklin for two seasons at UNH, said in a statement. "He brings playing, coaching and goaltender development experience from his time in the NHL, which will be a tremendous asset to our program."