Eddie Lack joining Arizona State University as goalie coach
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Former NHL goaltender Eddie Lack is taking a break from professional hockey and becoming the new goalie coach for the Arizona State University men's hockey team, the 31-year-old announced Wednesday on Twitter.

Lack cited chronic hip injuries as the reason for his pause, saying he'll focus on physical therapy in hopes of making a return to pro hockey someday.

The Swedish netminder has suited up for 143 NHL contests in stints with the Vancouver Canucks, Carolina Hurricanes, Calgary Flames, and New Jersey Devils, posting a career 2.62 goals-against average and .909 save percentage.

Lack hasn't appeared in an NHL game since February 2018 and played just six games - all at the AHL level - in 2018-19.

After just four seasons in college hockey's top division, Arizona State has already transformed itself into one of the stronger teams in the nation. The Sun Devils booked a ticket to the program's first-ever Divison I national tournament last season, losing in the regional semifinal to Quinnipiac.

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