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Ex-Komets goaltender gets new job

Former Komets goaltender Kevin Reiter has been hired to be the goaltending coach for USA Hockey's National Team Development Program.

He will also serve as the coordinator of the Warren Strelow National Goaltending Mentor Program, which is designed to recruit, develop and produce elite netminders in the United States.

"We're very excited to add Kevin to the National Team Development Program coaching staff," said Scott Monaghan, director of USA Hockey's NTDP. "He brings a wealth of knowledge to Ann Arbor (Mich.) and his international coaching experience will be a tremendous asset. Kevin will also expand the network of goaltenders and mentors into the Strelow program, adding to what is a talented group."

Reiter played collegiate hockey at the University of Alaska-Anchorage from 2000-04. He was with the Komets in 2007-08, when he was IHL Goaltender of the Year en route to the Turner Cup, and he returned for 2010-11 before he retired.

Reiter has spent the past two seasons in Sterzing, Italy, serving as assistant and goaltending coach for the WSV Sterzing-SSI Vipiteno Broncos. While in Sterzing, Reiter also served as head coach for the club's junior team, specializing in goaltender development.

Reiter’s responsibilities will include planning, designing and executing the regular on-ice practices for goaltenders at the NTDP, as well as scouting and evaluating the nation’s top goaltending prospects.

Justin A. Cohn, pro sports coordinator for The Journal Gazette, has been covering the Fort Wayne Komets since 1997. His reporting includes game stories from home and away, features about the players and personalities associated with the Komets, plus coverage of issues affecting hockey at all levels. A native of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Cohn graduated from Emory University in Atlanta. He can be reached at 260-461-8429 or by email at jcohn@jg.net.

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