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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Former MSU goalie wins IHL honors

IHL Press Release

The International Hockey League announced yesterday that Flint Generals head coach Jason Muzzatti has been named the 2009-10 IHL Coach of the Year, as selected by league head coaches and general managers.

Behind the bench for his first season as a head coach, Muzzatti put together a tough, resilient roster in Flint, which currently sits just three points back from the fourth and final playoff spot. Through his leadership, he has guided the Generals from last place after the first half of the season to being a playoff contender in the second half. The Generals currently have a 31-35-3-4 record with three games remaining in the regular season.

Before beginning his coaching career this season, the 40-year-old native of Toronto skated four seasons of NCAA action from 1987-1991 with Michigan State, where he continues to hold records for most wins in a season (32, 1988-89) and most wins as a Spartan (83). During his college career at Michigan State, Muzzatti was selected by the Calgary Flames in the first round of the 1988 NHL Entry Draft.

Muzzatti appeared in NHL stints with Calgary, Hartford, New York Rangers and San Jose during his 16-year professional playing career. He also spent time between the pipes in the American Hockey League and backstopped the IHL's Indianapolis Ice and Salt Lake Golden Eagles during 1992-93. Muzzatti completed his playing career appearing in 41 games with the Generals in 2006-07, registering an 18-15-6 record and a 3.34 goals-against average.

Muzzatti will be presented with the award on Friday.

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