Former North Dakota goalie Hrynkiw back with alma mater as volunteer assistant coach

Matt Hrynkiw (UND - 30) - The University of North Dakota players  practiced at Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Arena on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, to prepare for their 2014 Frozen Four semi-final on Thursday. (Melissa Wade)
Matt Hrynkiw went 11-5-2 with a 2.09 GAA, .911 save percentage and two shutouts in 18 career games for North Dakota (photo: Melissa Wade).

North Dakota announced Friday that former UND goaltender Matt Hrynkiw has been added to the staff as a volunteer assistant coach and will work directly with the program’s goaltenders.

Hrynkiw replaces Karl Goehring, who accepted a position with the Tampa Bay Lightning earlier this summer after seven seasons as UND’s volunteer assistant.

Hrynkiw was a four-year letterwinner for UND from 2013-14 to 2016-17 and graduated in May with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. He appeared in 18 collegiate games and went 11-5-2 with a 2.09 GAA, .911 save percentage and two shutouts.

“We are extremely pleased to have Matt as our volunteer goaltending coach,” said Fighting Hawks coach Brad Berry in a statement. “Matt was a very important part of our program for the last four years and was instrumental in our national championship in 2016. His work ethic, attention to detail and excellent communication skills will give our goaltending group great instruction and guidance.”

Hrynkiw’s best year came during UND’s 2015-16 NCAA championship season, when he appeared in a career-high 14 games as a junior and went 10-2-2 with a 2.13 GAA and .910 save percentage.

Highly-accomplished off the ice as well, Hrynkiw was a four-time selection to the NCHC All-Academic Team and was the co-recipient of the league’s Sportsmanship Award in 2016-17.

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