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College Hockey:
Western New England rebuilds slowly

It’s a process, but second year head coach Greg Heffernan is working toward bringing the Golden Bears to marks they haven’t reached in years. Western New England hasn’t broken the 10-win mark since 1999-2000, or posting a winning record since 1993-94, but with an infusion of new players, there’s hope for the coming years.

“I’m hoping that we are able to compete at a higher level this season,” Heffernan said. “We have a lot of new faces in our lineup this year and I’m excited to see how they will adapt to the college game.”

The Golden Bears are led by junior captain Kory Grahl (10-16).

“Kory is a top academic performer; he led our team in scoring and was our fittest athlete last season,” Heffernan said.

He’ll be replacing graduate student Chris Gillman as captain.

“We will miss his experience, leadership and defensive ability,” Heffernan said of Gillman.

Despite being an inexperienced team, Western New England’s depth will be one of its strong points heading into the season.

“Coach [Chris] Bernard put in some solid pieces before I got here and I think we’ve added some more solid pieces this year. We are going to have to continue to add solid pieces in the future,” Heffernan said.

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