The Vegas Golden Knights officially announced on Tuesday that they have hired Sean Burke as their new Director of Goaltending. In the same release they also announced that Mike Rosati has been named the Manager of Goaltending Development, while John Stevens has been hired as an assistant coach.
Burke, 55, has had plenty of success at the NHL level as a goaltending coach, helping turn around the careers of some well-known netminders in Mike Smith and Devan Dubnyk years ago. He also suited up for 820 NHL games as a goalie himself from 1987-2007.
“Sean Burke is a great addition to the organization, with tremendous experience as an elite NHL goaltender and an accomplished coach and executive,” said general manager Kelly McCrimmon. “We are pleased to keep Mike Rosati in an influential role across the organization. With those two and Henderson goaltending coach Fred Braithwaite, we have proven, qualified expertise at the goalie position.”
As McCrimmon mentioned, Rosati will stick around, though he will no longer be the team’s goalie coach. Instead, in his new role, he will work closely alongside Burke as well as the team’s player development staff and both amateur and pro scouting staffs.
Last but certainly not least is Stevens. The 56-year-old enjoyed a lengthy pro career as a player, which included 53 games at the NHL level. He got into coaching immediately after his final playing season in 1989-90, including a four-year stint as the head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers from 2006-2010, as well as a short tenure with the Los Angeles Kings from 2017-2019. Prior to his new role with the Golden Knights, he had spent three seasons as an assistant coach with the Dallas Stars.
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