Blues hire stats man Corsi as new goalie coach

Hockey stats innovator Jim Corsi is the goaltending coach with the St. Louis Blues. (David Duprey/AP)

The St. Louis Blues have hired Jim Corsi as the team’s new goaltending coach.

Corsi had served as the Buffalo Sabres’ goalie coach since 2001. During his time in Buffalo, helped the likes of Vezina Trophy-winning netminders Dominik Hasek and Ryan Miller.

It’s interesting to note that Corsi joins the Blues just as Miller is on his way out of town. The 59-year-old helped coach Miller for 11 seasons in Buffalo until the Blues acquired the East Lansing, Mich., native at the trade deadline in March. General manager Doug Armstrong recently announced the Blues will not re-sign the pending unrestricted free agent.

Instead of reuniting with Miller, Corsi will work with newly re-signed Brian Elliott and 23-year-old Jake Allen, plus any other goalies the team might sign in the off-season.

Besides his work with the Sabres, Corsi is most known for developing the oft-discussed Corsi rating — a stat that calculates the number of five-on-five shots, missed shots and blocked shots directed towards one net versus the other.

Prior to his coaching career, Corsi played professionally, including stints with the Quebec Nordiques of the WHA and the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers.

The Montreal native, a duel citizen of Canada and Italy, was the Italian national men’s team goalie coach at the Torino 2006 Winter Olympics. He has also worked with several Canadian women’s national teams, programs at Ottawa, McGill and Concordia University and the St. Michael’s Majors of the OHL.

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