OHA Edmonton General Manager Randall Weber, in partnership with Vimy Ridge School and the Academic Athletic Development Institute (AAD), announced today that Kurtis Mucha has been named organization’s Goaltending Coach.
Mucha, 28, has spent the past two seasons as the Goaltending Development Coach with the Edmonton Oil Kings of the Western Hockey League (WHL), as well as the Director of Goalie Development with Vimy Ridge Academy, and a Goaltending Consultant with the Spruce Grove Saints of the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL).
"I am really excited to join the OHA Edmonton staff for the upcoming season.” Said Mucha. “I'm very appreciative for the opportunity to work with an elite program and help young goaltenders in their development. OHA has excelled in creating good players, students, and people, and I'm looking forward to contributing to this culture."
The native of Sherwood Park, Alta. has also worked with his hometown AJHL Crusaders as a Goaltending Consultant since 2016.
Prior to coaching, Mucha spent five seasons with the University of Alberta Golden Bears, winning two U SPORTS National Championships (2014, 2015), while also being named the 2013 U SPORTS Goaltender of the Year.
While at the University of Alberta, Mucha obtained his Bachelors of Science Degree – BSc and was twice named an Academic All-Canadian (2014, 2015).
Before embarking on his collegiate career, Mucha played five seasons in the WHL with the Portland Winterhawks and Kamloops Blazers. He holds the WHL record for most career games played (245), is second in career minutes played (13,708) and third in most career saves (6,908).
OHA helped shape the person I am today in an abundance of ways. The training regime and on-ice practice went a long way in helping me achieve my set goals in hockey, while making the jump to the next level attainable. Ultimately, it was the lessons I learned off the ice that have shaped me the most. From learning to balance school with hockey, to building character and unity with my team. All in all, OHA was the best decision to not only further my hockey career, but also to further myself as a person."