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).
In 2010 I was fortunate enough to play at the Okanagan Hockey Academy on the Midget Prep team. With coaches like Robert Dirk and Greg Holst it was an unbelievable year. I have to this day still never been on such a close-knit team. It was my first year of midget hockey and that meant a lot more travel. Playing in the CSSHL I got the opportunity to play in some pretty awesome spots. The league helped me learn to stay on top of school, which has helped me not only in college but also in junior. I was able to make an easy jump to junior and college academically with the help of Dave Nackoney, a guidance counselor at Penticton Secondary School who works with all the student athletes. To this day if I need anything he is always more than willing to help. It is the great staff that left such an impression on me, and made it possible for me to be where I am today.