Maine native Robert "Cap" Raeder knows his way around college and professional ice hockey leagues—and he's bringing his extensive knowledge of the game "between the pipes" to Sun Valley.
Raeder, 56, an assistant coach for the National Hockey League's Tampa Bay Lightning since 2008, will conduct a weekend hockey goaltending clinic at Sun Valley Skating Center today, Friday through Sunday, June 13. He'll monitor about eight young goalies.
The sessions are today, Friday from 5:30-8:30 p.m., plus Saturday and Sunday from 1:45-4:45 p.m. Raeder is a good friend of former Sun Valley Suns defenseman and coach Glenn Hunter of Ketchum.
Raeder, raised in Needham, Mass., was a goalie for the University of New Hampshire from 1972-75 and emerged as the 167th selection in the 1973 NHL Amateur Draft, chosen by Montreal. He tended goal for the WHA New England Whalers from 1975-77 and was chosen for the U.S. team to the inaugural Canada Cup in 1976.
He started his coaching career in 1980 as a UNH assistant, then became Clarkson College's head men's ice hockey coach from 1984-88. Since, he has been an assistant NHL coach for a succession of teams, from the Los Angeles Kings from 1988-95, to the Boston Bruins, San Jose Sharks and Tampa Bay.