NMU hockey promotes Lehtinen

MARQUETTE – Marquette native Rob Lehtinen has been hired as a Northern Michigan University assistant hockey coach. Head coach Walt Kyle announced the move Wednesday.

The appointment fills the vacancy created by the departure of Joe Shawhan to Michigan Tech University.

“Rob is a going to be a tremendous asset to our program,” Kyle said in a statement. “He’s a guy who played here, has worked here as our hockey ops guy for several years and is totally committed to our program.

“He’s a guy I’ve long targeted as a future assistant.”

Lehtinen has served as the Wildcats’ hockey operations manager the past four seasons. He was a four-year letterwinner at NMU from 2003-07. He appeared in 156 games, scoring 17 goals and serving up 38 assists for the Wildcats.

“I’m excited for this chance. This has been a goal of mine for a very long time and I feel like I’m ready to make the next step in my career,” Lehtinen said.

“I’ll be committed to using my past hockey experience to my advantage in helping develop student-athletes.”