LINCOLN, Neb. - Lincoln Stars General Manager and Head Coach Chris Michael announced today the team has hired Jason Power as the team's Goalie Coach.
"I'm excited to be in Lincoln this season,” Power said. "I always felt it had the best atmosphere in the league, and no doubt the best intro. Chris and I have known each other since his days with the [Chicago] Mission and our coaching philosophies align heavily.”
Power, 40, spent the 2019-20 season as an assistant coach with Lindenwood University of the American Collegiate Hockey Association and a goaltending coach with the Topeka Pilots of the North American Hockey League. Power was named the head coach of Romania’s national U18 team that was scheduled to play at the 2020 IIHF Division II World Championships. He captured a silver medal with Romania at the 2016 D2 World Junior Championship as an assistant coach. The Brindisi, ITA native also served as an assistant coach with the Omaha Lancers in 2018-19.
"When you look at the success of any team in any league, especially the USHL, all the successful teams are directly correlated to better goalies,” Power continued. "You’re not going to win in that league with weak goaltenders, that’s been proven over and over again. Mikes and I agreed we don’t want to be a team that’s got second or third-rate goaltending, we want to be at the top. We want to develop goalies and move them forward."
“Jason and I have known each other for a while now and I couldn't be more excited to welcome him into our family,” Michael remarked. "Ultimately, it’s his body of work as a goalie coach that led us to want him to be a part of our staff. He’s had consistent success at every level he’s been at over many years which is a tough task in the coaching profession. When I talked to players who were coached by him, guys are excited to talk about him and want to go through the wall for him. That means a lot to me in the hiring process because ultimately we are judged by what the players say about us as coaches and people."
Power began his coaching career in 1999-00 as an assistant varsity coach for O’Fallon Township High School in O’Fallon, IL, his alma mater. Over the past twenty years, he has coached at all three levels of junior hockey in the United States and has been extremely active at the youth levels, including being named president of the Southern Illinois Ice Hawks.
"One of the things Mikes and I discussed was some of my philosophies on what we want goalies doing and how we can enhance the defense as well so we’re all on one page," Power said. "That way, we’re not basically shoving Corvette engines into Dodge Ram trucks. We want to make sure we have both parties symbiotic to work together.”
“Goaltenders are a very important position, some might say the most important, so it's great to have someone in charge of them that understands the nuances of the position and can communicate clear objectives on how they will improve on a daily basis," Michael said. "But, [he] also understands that, ultimately, this is a team game and knows how important it is for all parts of our team to be on the same page and constantly supporting each other."