Matt Hrynkiw to take over as UND's goalie coach
Matt Hrynkiw began working as a mechanical engineer and technician at Fusion Automation in Grand Forks one week after his college graduation this spring.
While that job has kept the former UND goalie busy this summer, he was rather excited Friday afternoon to add another gig to his plate.
Hrynkiw was officially named the volunteer goalie coach, replacing the revered Karl Goehring, who took a job with the Tampa Bay Lightning organization.
Hrynkiw will work alongside the full-time staff of head coach Brad Berry, associate coach Dane Jackson and assistant coach Matt Shaw. NCAA rules only allow for two paid assistant coaches.
“I could not be more excited to be around the program and the team again next year,” Hrynkiw said. “It’s a surreal experience to be there every day. It’s such a privilege to be part of the program, something that’s bigger than yourself. Just to be acknowledged by Brad as a potential candidate is quite a dream come true. I couldn’t be more surprised and honored to get the job. I feel so lucky.”
Hrynkiw, who was on UND’s 2016 NCAA national championship team, will work with goaltenders Cam Johnson, Ryan Anderson and Peter Thome, the lone freshman in the group.
Hrynkiw admitted it will be a little strange going from being a teammate of Johnson and Anderson to being their coach, but he doesn’t foresee any problems.
“That will be interesting, no question about it,” Hrynkiw said. “They are really good people, though. We’ll find a working relationship quickly. A lot of Karl’s methods and drills will stick around in our sessions. I’ll add a few new twists, but we’ll be keeping things as familiar as possible as we push to hang that ultimate goal.”
Hyrnkiw said he learned a lot from Goehring, who helped develop Aaron Dell (San Jose Sharks) and Zane McIntyre (Boston Bruins) into NHL netminders during seven years as the goalie coach.
“Here at the college level, you’re not going to get a kid who you’re trying to reinvent their game or have drastic changes,” Hrynkiw said. “Karl did an outstanding job of adapting to whichever goalie he was working with at the time. Each guy has different needs and different wants.”
Berry said Hrynkiw has characteristics that will help the goaltenders.
“His work ethic, attention to detail and excellent communication skills will give our goaltending group great instruction and guidance,” Berry said.
Hrynkiw will continue to work full time at Fusion Automation while helping with UND’s goalies. Goehring also worked as a full-time job at Alerus Financial while assisting the hockey team.
“It shouldn’t be a problem,” Hrynkiw said. “It will be very manageable and my employer has been more than understanding.”