COLORADO SPRINGS – USA Hockey announced that former Wheeling goaltender Joe Exter has been named the first-ever full-time goaltending coach for USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program.
Exter, who has worked the last two summers on the coaching staffs of USA Hockey Player Development Camps, will be responsible for the planning, designing and execution of regular on-ice practice for goaltenders at the NTDP.
He was an assistant coach for Cedar Rapids of the United States Hockey League in 2006-07 after working as an assistant coach for American International College in 2005-06.
The 28 year old played his entire professional career for the Nailers and was 18-15-2 with six shutouts, a goals-against average of 2.71 and a save percentage of .912 in 42 regular season games. He was 8-2-0 with two shutout, a goals-against average of 2.30 and a save percentage of .924 as a rookie in 2003-04 and 10-13-2 with four shutouts, a goals-against average of 2.89 and a save percentage of .906 in 2004-05.
On Mar. 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.