Former men’s hockey players become assistant coaches

Josh Katzenstein

Two members of the 2002 and 2003 Minnesota men’s hockey championship teams are returning to the squad.


Grant Potulny and Justin Johnson have both been named assistant coaches for the 2009-2010 hockey season, according to a release from Gopher Sports.


Gophers head coach Don Lucia announced that Potulny would become a volunteer interim assistant coach in May after Mike Hastings left his assistant position to become head coach at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Following a national search, Potulny has earned the full-time position.


Lucia wasted no time finding a volunteer coach to take over for Potulny, announcing Thursday that Johnson will serve as the volunteer goaltending coach.


In the release, Lucia said he hopes both of the coaches’ championships experiences will help the squad.


“I’m excited to bring both Grant and Justin back into the program,” Minnesota coach Don Lucia said. “They were both part of our two national championship teams and have a great understanding of what it takes to win at that level. They are proud alums and committed and excited to be back as a part of Gopher hockey.”