SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — AIC has named Joe Exter, a former goaltender at Merrimack who has spent the past two seasons in the Pittsburgh Penguins organization, an assistant hockey coach. Exter replaces Bobby Ferraris, who recently was named an assistant coach at Mercyhurst after two seasons at AIC.
“We are excited about having Joe on our staff,” said head coach Gary Wright. “He is passionate about the game and his career objective is to be a hockey coach. Importantly, he has been a captain at every level, including at Merrimack, where he had a stellar career. Our expectation is that Joe will strengthen our hockey program.”
A 2003 graduate of Merrimack, Exter played for the Warriors for three seasons, where he played for AIC alum Chris Serino. As a senior, Exter was named All-Hockey East Second Team after posting a .915 save percentage and 2.91 goals against average while serving as captain. He also received the Itech Hockey East Three Stars Award and was named the team’s Most Valuable Player. In 2000-01, Exter was a member of the Hockey East All-Rookie Team.
For the past two seasons Exter player for the Wheeling Nailers, the Pittsburgh Penguins’ affiliate in the East Coast Hockey League. With the Nailers, Exter appeared in a total of 42 games over two years and recorded a .912 save percentage and six shutouts.
In 2003-04, Exter served as the goaltending coach at both Cushing Academy in Asburnham, Mass. and for the Minuteman Flames of the Interstate Junior Hockey League. Exter attended Cushing from 1993 to 1997 and was a member of the All-New England Prep team as a senior before playing for the Waterloo Blackhawks of the United States Hockey League and the Eastern Junior Hockey League’s Great Northern Snow Devils.