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      Kochan returns as MTU Volunteer Goalie Coach

      Courtesy: MTU

      Michigan Tech hockey coach Mel Pearson announced that Dieter Kochan has joined his staff as a volunteer assistant coach to work with the goaltenders. The former college and professional netminder is making his second stint with the Huskiesâ??the first coming from 2008-10."I'm excited to be back with the Tech hockey program," said Kochan. "I want to be able to pass on some of the things I've learned over my career to the current players."From what I've seen, the three guys on the roster are all great goaltenders. All have great potential, and hopefully I can steer them in the right direction to maximize their abilities."Kochan had a 10-year professional career that included time with the NHL's Tampa Bay Lightning, Minnesota Wild and New York Islanders. Kochan played in 379 professional games and in 1999 scored a goal while playing in the United Hockey League. On March 28, 2000, Kochan made NHL history when he became the first player to jump directly from the United Hockey League to the National Hockey League. In 2002, Kochan played for Team USA at the International Ice Hockey Federation World Championships in Sweden. Kochan was on the 2002 Calder Cup championship team with Houston in the American Hockey League. While playing for the Bridgeport Soundtigers in the AHL in 2003-04, Kochan was awarded the Harry Haps Holmes Award for lowest team goals against average.Kochan played college hockey at Northern Michigan from 1993-97. He is fourth all-time in the NMU record books in both games played (106) and saves (2,797), and is first all-time with five assists in a season and seven career assists. Before playing at Northern Michigan, Kochan was a Junior National Champion in the British Columbia Junior League and finalist for the Canadian Junior A Player of the Year."I'm thrilled to be able to add an experienced and highly qualified coach to our staff," said head coach Mel Pearson. "Dieter will not only help our goaltenders get to the next level, he'll also be a great mentor for all our players."Michigan Tech will begin its 2013-14 hockey campaign with a preseason game vs. Laurentian on Saturday (Oct. 5). Opening faceoff at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena is set for 7:07 p.m.