SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – American International College announced that former Wheeling goaltender Joe Exter has been named assistant coach for its ice hockey team.
In 2004-05 with Wheeling, Exter was 10-13-2 with four shutouts, a goals-against average of 2.89 and a save percentage of .906. In his first professional season with the Nailers in 2003-04, Exter was 8-2-0 with two shutouts, a goals-against average of 2.30 and a save percentage of .924 in 15 regular season games and he also appeared on one Kelly Cup Playoff game for Wheeling.
On March 7, 2003, Exter, then playing for Merrimack College, had his helmet knocked loose in an on-ice collision. Exter’s head hit the ice, he was knocked unconscious and he began to convulse after suffering two skull fractures. Exter spent almost two weeks in a coma. After waking up from the coma, doctors were simply hoping that Exter would be able to walk again and felt that hockey was out of the question.
Exter began skating three months later, but was not drafted. He signed an AHL contract with the Penguins and by playing 15 games in 2003-04, his contract was automatically renewed for 2004-05.