STORRS, Conn. - UConn Head Coach Mike Cavanaugh announced that former NHL goaltender Andrew Raycroft has joined the Huskies coaching staff as a volunteer assistant coach for the 2014-15 season. Raycroft announced his retirement from professional hockey this past April and begins his coaching career with the Huskies. He will work with the goaltenders this season.
Raycroft was originally drafted by the Boston Bruins with the 135th overall pick in 1998 and made his NHL debut in the 2000-2001 season playing 11 games. During his first full season in 2003-04, Raycroft compiled a 29-18-9 record while posting a 2.05 goals against average, a .926 save percentage with three shutouts. That season's performance earned Raycroft the Calder Memorial Trophy, as the league's rookie of the year.
After playing five seasons with the Bruins, Raycroft's NHL career continued with stops with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Colorado Avalanche, Vancouver Canucks, and Dallas Stars. In 2012, Raycroft signed with Italian Serie A club, Milano Rossoblu. Following that he played with IF Bjorkloven before announcing his retirement in April.
"I am happy to be joining a UConn program that is on the rise with a great coaching staff," stated Raycroft. "I am looking forward to using my experience and knowledge to help our goalies continue to improve and become better players."