The Oshawa Generals are pleased to announce the hiring of former NHL goaltender Zac Bierk as Goaltending Consultant.
“We’re very excited to have Zac join us,” commented Oshawa Generals General Manager Jeff Twohey. “His experience at the junior and professional level, as well as his experience in the last few years running goaltending schools, will make him a valuable asset. He has a passion for teaching young players and a tremendous understanding of winning and development.”
A native of Peterborough, Ontario, Bierk played for the hometown Peterborough Petes of the OHL for four years from 1993 to 1997. He appeared with the Petes in the 1996 Memorial Cup finals. The following season, he won the OHL Goaltender of the Year award and the Leo Lalonde Memorial Trophy as the best over age player in the OHL.
In 1995 Bierk was drafted to the NHL by the Tampa Bay Lighting and played 47 games in the National Hockey League with the Lighting, Minnesota Wild, and Phoenix Coyotes. He also played 28 games in the American Hockey League with the Adirondack Red Wings and the Springfield Falcons.
Since retiring, Bierk has served as coach for goaltending school Team Shutout.
''Getting the chance to join this prestigious organization is an honor and opportunity that I am grateful for,” commented Zac Bierk. “The Generals are a team with a storied history that is synonymous with winning, and I am excited to be a part of its future. I look forward to joining the coaching staff, and share in their commitment to bring another Championship to the city of Oshawa.''
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