Barrie, On – The Barrie Colts are pleased to announce that Mike Rosati has been named the new Assistant Coach alongside Head Coach Dale Hawerchuk and Assistant Coach Todd Miller, and will also maintain his previous role as Goaltending Coach.
Mike Rosati, 45, was hired by Barrie in 2011 to become the Colts Goaltending Coach. Rosati played an integral part in the success of Mathias Niederberger’s development over the past two seasons, in which he backstopped the Colts within one win from advancing to the OHL Finals.
The former pro netminder was drafted to the NHL in 1998 by the New York Rangers in the 7th round, 131st overall. Rosati went on to play pro hockey until 2004 with stops in the NHL, AHL and DEL league throughout. The Toronto, Ontario native previously spent one season behind the bench as an Assistant coach with his former team the Mannheim Eagles of the DEL in 2004-2005.
Rosati captured two Italian League Championships in 1995 and again in 1996 and was a member of Team Italy at the 1995 World Championships. The former OHL grad played for the Hamilton Steelhawks and Niagara Falls Thunder and is now looking forward to a new chapter in the OHL as an Assistant Coach of the Barrie Colts.
“I am so thrilled and honored to be given such a great opportunity here with Barrie. I think we have an amazing group of kids and an incredible staff” said Asstistant Coach and Goalie Coach Mike Rosati.
The Barrie Colts will look to defend the Eastern Conference Championship next season with a different look in net.
“I am looking so forward to this new season and the next challenge” added Rosati.
Front runner Alex Fotinos will look to earn the starters job next season for the Colts while draft picks Mackenzie Blackwood and import Daniel Gibl will also look to earn playing time coming out of training camp.
Barrie Colts training camp will begin August 26th and will play their first pre-season game Sunday September 1st in Owen Sound at 2:00.
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