Goehring to join Tampa Bay Lightning organization
Karl Goehring has been at UND as a volunteer goalie coach for seven seasons.
In that role (NCAA rules limit teams to two paid assistant coaches),
Goehring has turned three of UND's four starting goalies into NCAA All-Americans, two of them into Mike Richter Award finalists, one into the winner of the prestigious award and two of his pupils have since played in the NHL.
That's why news that Goehring has accepted a job with an NHL organization, the Tampa Bay Lightning, in a developmental role is unsurprising, though likely disappointing for the UND goalies who revered working with him.
Goehring is expected to work with goalies in Syracuse, which is where Tampa Bay's top minor-league affiliate is located, the Herald has learned from multiple sources.
Prior to returning to UND, Goehring spent one season as a goalie coach with Syracuse. He also played for that team for five professional seasons when it was a part of the Columbus Blue Jackets' system.
UND now has a spot open as a volunteer coach. It will likely look for someone to work with the goalies like Goehring.
During his seven years in Grand Forks, Goehring was known for not only his technical analysis of goaltenders, but also for personally relating to them and working with their mental approaches—on and off the ice.
"He is tremendous," UND coach Brad Berry told the Herald in January. "His work ethic is tremendous. His attention to detail is impeccable. His communication skills are outstanding. He has a connection to the goalies that have gone through here."
When Zane McIntyre made his NHL debut with the Boston Bruins last season, he called Goehring the night before and asked him to fly to New York City for the game. Goehring did.
"His mentality certainly helped me out," McIntyre previously told the Herald. "I was maybe young and naive coming to school. I wanted results now. I wanted to see the fruits of my labor right away. He brings that different perspective and outlook to hockey and life. It's more of a big-picture approach. He definitely helped me in that regard."
Goehring has been with UND for its last two national championships.
In 2016, he was a coach in the press box when the Fighting Hawks beat Quinnipiac 5-1 to win their eighth national title. In 2000, he was the starting goalie as UND beat Boston College in the championship game.
Next season, UND will have three goalies on the roster: senior Cam Johnson, freshman Peter Thome and junior walk-on Ryan Anderson.