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This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History: Mitch Korn

(Born September 16, 1957) -- This is a name that some fans might not know off the tops of their heads. Only big fans can rattle off the name of a goalie consultant with ease. Yet Mitch Korn played a big part in the Sabres’ good times in the 1990s.

Korn won a national championship in junior hockey with Springfield and went on to play goal at Kent State. He also picked up a BS and MBA degree there. Korn landed at Miami University (Oh.) in 1981 as an assistant coach.

The Sabres hired him in 1991, and the move paid big dividends. He worked extensively with Dominik Hasek, and certainly played a role in Hasek’s run of great success in Buffalo. Hasek won two Hart Trophies as the league’s most valuable player.

Then Korn jumped to the Nashville Predators in 1998. He had some good success with the netminders there. In fact, Korn in his NHL career has worked with such goalies as Grant Fuhr, Tomas Vokoun, Chris Mason and Martin Biron.

Korn is one of the great goaltending teachers in the business, with several disciples. It’s all part of the reason why he was picked by The Hockey News as one of the geniuses of the game.

--- Budd Bailey

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