Dave Prior returns for his second season as director of goaltending and NHL goaltender coach, and will be working with the team’s goaltenders as well as goalie prospects throughout the minor-league system.
Prior spent 12 seasons as the Capitals goaltending coach from 1996-97 through the 2008-09 season and worked in the Capitals organization as a goalie coach in 2009-10. He has been part of three division championship teams, including in 2007-08, when his goaltenders allowed just 1.85 goals per game in the last 20 games of the season as the Capitals earned a playoff spot.
During Prior’s first tenure with Washington, the Capitals won four division championships and made six playoff appearances. Prior also coached Capitals goalies to three of the five lowest team goals-against averages in franchise history, including Olie Kolzig’s Vezina-winning season (1999-00) and the Caps’ 1998 Stanley Cup appearance. During his time with Washington, he has coached goalies that have won league championships in the OHL, ECHL, IHL and AHL.
Before joining the Capitals’ coaching staff, Prior worked as a goaltending coach for the Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings, San Jose Sharks and Winnipeg Jets. He has also gained international experience coaching goalies on the German National Team in the World Junior and World Championships as well as in the World Cup and the Olympics. In addition, the native of Guelph, Ontario, spent seven years working with the NHL Central Scouting Bureau.