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Ex-Canton assistant, Mercyhurst captain Cicero named new assistant women’s coach at Rensselaer

Rensselaer has announced the hiring of Christie Cicero as an assistant women’s coach, joining Derek Alfama on the staff of head coach John Burke.

“We are excited to have Christie join the RPI family,” said Burke in a news release. “She will bring tremendous amount of passion and energy to our program, which are attributes that will benefit our current and future players.”

Cicero comes to Rensselaer from Canton, where she spent the past year working with all aspects of the women’s program, including developing practice plans, breaking down video for sessions with players, organizing travel plans and meals and practice schedules.

She has experience in the strength and conditioning field as well, supervising the SUNY Canton Fitness Center, while also working as an exercise science specialist prior to joining the Kangaroos. Cicero was an assistant performance coach at Lewis Fitness and Performance in Erie, Penn., from September 2013 through June 2014 after serving as an assistant coach for the New Jersey Rockets from 2010 to 2013.

A four-year member of the Mercyhurst women’s team, Cicero was a former captain and registered 100 points (44 goals, 56 assists) in 131 games, leading the Lakers to two Frozen Four appearances and two CHA tournament titles.

St. Anselm exploring opportunities at Division III level

St. Anselm College president Steven DiSalvo announced Tuesday that the school has applied to enter “the exploratory phase of NCAA Division III membership for all athletic programs.”

The school’s hockey programs currently compete at the Division II level. The move to D-III would allow the programs to have an NCAA postseason.

“We evaluated our academic, geographic, and athletic profile, along with our overall vision and strategic goals, and it became very clear that we were a better fit with the majority of Division III schools,” DiSalvo said in a statement. “If we are accepted, it will be an exciting opportunity for us to grow as an institution- recommitting to our mission and values, while promoting academic and athletic excellence.”

“Our athletes are expected to excel academically, as well as athletically, while exhibiting the highest level of sportsmanship, leadership, integrity and honor,” added interim director of athletics Phil Rowe.

The college was recently ranked 13th in the nation for community service, and experiential learning is an integral part of the college experience. Membership in Division III would provide increased access to these types of opportunities, otherwise unavailable to student-athletes with demanding year-round athletic schedules. Additionally, less travel time to competing institutions would mean less time out of class for student-athletes.

“This decision by our leadership holds true to our mission and vision,” concluded Rowe. “We embrace our role as educators to continue to provide our student-athletes the best experience possible moving forward.”

Longtime successful junior coach Hauge hired as new assistant at Clarkson

Clarkson announced Tuesday the hiring of Josh Hauge as an assistant coach for the Golden Knights.

Hauge replaces Andy Jones behind the Clarkson bench after Jones took a similar job with Massachusetts-Lowell on Aug. 20.

The 36-year-old Hauge comes from the Fargo Force in the United States Hockey League where he was an assistant coach and director of scouting in 2014-15. He joined the Force after serving as the head coach and general manager of the USHL’s Tri-City Storm for parts of the previous three seasons.

“It is an extremely exciting opportunity for myself and my family to come to a great program and work alongside [head coach] Casey [Jones] and [assistant coach] Phil [Roy],” said Hauge in a statement. “My time in the USHL and the NAHL did a great job in preparing me as a coach and getting me ready to take the step into Division I college hockey. Fargo was an unbelievable time for our family and I am thankful for all the support we received. I learned a lot from Coach [John] Marks, Coach [Cary] Eades and Coach [Byron] Pool in the short time that I was there. My wife Allison and I are excited to be part of the Clarkson family and are ready to get started.”

With Tri-City from 2011 to 2014, Hauge guided 100 percent of his players to NCAA Division I or pro hockey, according to a Clarkson press release.

Hauge also served as the head coach for the Fairbanks Ice Dogs in the North American Hockey League from 2008 to 2011. In three seasons, he compiled a regular-season record of 111-49-15 and was 20-9-0 in the postseason, which included a 10-1-0 mark in the 2011 playoffs as the Ice Dogs won the Robertson Cup.

A native of Rosemount, Minn., Hauge has coached teams to a national championship, two national championship runner-ups, three league championships, two league championship runner-ups, two regular-season titles, four divisional championships, was named coach of the year once and has a career winning percentage of .633 (250-138-32).

Former Clarkson assistant Jones added as assistant to Massachusetts-Lowell staff

Massachusetts-Lowell announced Thursday the hiring of Andy Jones as an assistant coach.

Jones comes from Clarkson, where he was an assistant coach since 2011.

“We are excited to be able to attract Andy and his wife Tracy to UMass Lowell,” said Lowell coach Norm Bazin in a statement. “He showed great enthusiasm pursuing the open position and I was impressed with his hockey knowledge and attention to detail. He brings almost ten years of coaching experience between his experiences from the Sioux Falls Stampede (USHL) and Clarkson University. He has been instrumental in developing former UMass Lowell alumni Josh Holmstrom, Zack Kamrass and Chad Ruhwedel when they played for him in the USHL.”

Before his time with Clarkson, Jones spent five seasons (2006-2011) as an assistant coach for the Stampede.

“I am honored to be joining the UMass Lowell River Hawk family,” added Jones. “The recent on-ice success speaks to the program’s commitment to excellence and development. It is clear to me that UMass Lowell is a great place for players to learn, grow and succeed. I would certainly like to thank head coach Norm Bazin and assistant coach Cam Ellsworth for their support during this process. My wife Tracy and I are excited to return to the Massachusetts area and get started.”

In 2009, the 2000 Amherst grad was an assistant on the United States World Junior Challenge gold medalist staff. He also spent 2000 to 2005 in various coaching positions at his alma mater.

Veteran coach, New Hampshire alum Norton takes over behind Tufts bench

Pat Norton, who has nearly 20 years of coaching experience at the collegiate and prep school levels, has been hired as head coach at Tufts.

Norton replaces Brian Murphy, who will not return after 17 seasons behind the Jumbos bench.

“We are very excited that Pat will be joining the Jumbo family and leading our men’s ice hockey program,” said director of athletics John Morris in a statement. “Throughout our search process, Pat distinguished himself as someone who is truly committed to the ideals that characterize Tufts athletics. He is passionate, in equal measure, about achieving excellence, winning championships, and using athletics participation as a vehicle to provide our student-athletes with a transformational educational experience that will benefit them for the rest of their lives.”

A 1996 graduate of New Hampshire, where he was a member of the hockey team, Norton began his coaching career as an assistant at Norwich from 1996 to 2000.

Norton moved on to assistant coaching positions at the Division I level with Vermont from 2000 to 2003 and with Northeastern for the 2003-2004 season.

For the past 11 seasons, Norton has been the head coach of the hockey program at the Tilton School in New Hampshire. Members of the New England Prep Schools Interscholastic Hockey Association, Tilton competes at the highest level of prep school hockey. During Norton’s tenure, the Rams were Lakes Region champions in 2010 and 2011 as well as New England Small School semifinalists in 2010, 2011 and 2013.

“Every once in a while, a special opportunity becomes available and to me becoming the head hockey coach at Tufts is that kind of opportunity,” Norton added in a news release. “I believe my experience and hockey network will allow me to build a first-rate hockey program that reflects Tufts University’s values.

“I’m very excited to get started.”

Former D-III coach of the year Dawes tapped to lead inaugural Stevenson men’s team in 2016-17

Stevenson announced Tuesday that former Neumann coach and Norwich standout Dominick Dawes has been named as the first head men’s coach at Stevenson when the team begins NCAA play with the 2016-17 season.

“We are excited to have our first men’s ice hockey coach with the experience, knowledge and talent that Dominick Dawes brings to the university,” said Stevenson director of athletics Brett Adams in a statement. “His knowledge of the ECAC West, his national championship experience as both a player and a head coach, and his connection with the student-athletes puts our men’s ice hockey program in great hands for the future.”

Dawes spent seven seasons as the head coach at Neumann, compiling a 107-62-25 record, making him the winningest coach in the program’s history.

“My family and I are very excited to be a part of Stevenson University,” added Dawes. “I want to thank director of athletics Brett Adams and president Dr. Kevin Manning for giving us the opportunity to start the men’s hockey program. Stevenson has proven to be a leader in Division III athletics and we are looking forward to building a program that will excel on and off the ice.”

During his time with the Knights, Dawes led Neumann to the postseason in all seven seasons while claiming the 2009 NCAA Division III national title in his first year as coach and winning AHCA national coach of the year honors.

Dawes became just the second head coach to win a national championship as both a player and a coach after winning as a player with Norwich in 2003.

The Knights also won two ECAC West Conference Championships during his tenure and finished over the .500 mark in six out of the seven seasons.

Prior to Neumann, Dawes served as an assistant coach at Hamilton for two seasons.

A 2004 graduate of Norwich, Dawes was a forward and defenseman for the Cadets and played in three Frozen Fours. Following college, Dawes played two seasons of professional hockey for the Macon Trax and Florida Seals, making it to the Southern Professional Hockey League finals in both seasons.

Bowdoin brings back alum Lozzi as new assistant coach with women’s squad

Bowdoin has announced the hiring of 2012 graduate Dominique Lozzi as assistant coach for the women’s hockey team.

Lozzi will return to Brunswick after a three-year stint as an assistant coach at Trinity, where she helped lead the Bantams to a NESCAC championship and NCAA tournament appearance in 2015.

A decorated member of the women’s team at Bowdoin from 2008 to 2012, Lozzi earned NESCAC Rookie of the Year honors in her freshman season and served as team captain her senior campaign. She played in 101 games as a Polar Bear, totaling 37 goals and 48 assists for 85 points.

McLaughlin, Metcalf added to NCAA Division I men’s hockey committee

Union athletic director Jim McLaughlin and New Hampshire deputy athletic director Steve Metcalf are joining the NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Committee.

McLaughlin will serve the final two years of the four-year term that former Rensselaer athletic director Jim Knowlton vacated when he left for the same position at Air Force earlier this year.

Each of the six conferences gets one seat on the committee.

Metcalf, a former member of the Division I Women’s Ice Hockey Committee, replaces Vermont coach Kevin Sneddon, whose term expired.

The other members of the committee are North Dakota athletic director Brian Faison, Minnesota senior associate athletic director Tom McGinnis and coaches Brian Riley of Army and Mel Pearson of Michigan Tech.

Valleau bolts Bowling Green after first season for deal with Chicago

A published report in Monday’s Toledo Blade says Bowling Green defenseman Nolan Valleau has signed a contract with “an NHL team” and will not return to school for his last three years of eligibility.

The paper noted Valleau took part in summer development camps with the Chicago Blackhawks and Winnipeg Jets and that it’s believed the Blackhawks signed the free agent.

During the 2014-15 season, Valleau played in all 39 games for the Falcons and posted two goals and 17 assists for 19 points. He was named to the WCHA’s All-Rookie Team at the end of the season.

The Blackhawks have not announced the signing, but Valleau’s player profile on the BGSU hockey website is no longer active.

UPDATE: The Blackhawks officially announced Valleau signing with the team on Aug. 18.

NCHC announces slew of rule, policy changes, including new overtime and shootout format

The NCHC has implemented several new playing rules and policy changes for the 2015-16 season, including a new overtime and shootout format.

All of the rules and policy changes were passed by the NCHC’s Board of Directors during the offseason.

After being one of just two conferences to use a shootout the last two seasons, the NCHC will be the first college hockey conference to use a 3-on-3 overtime format to decide the extra point in the standings after a conference game ends in a tie.

“I think others around the world of hockey have shown what great excitement 3-on-3 overtime can bring to the game,” NCHC commissioner Josh Fenton said in a news release. “We look forward to bringing this same excitement to NCHC student-athletes and fans during the coming year.”

Any conference game that remains tied after regulation will play the NCAA-mandated 5-on-5 five-minute overtime period and if one team scores, they receive all three points in the conference standings, while the losing team receives none. The game also counts as a win and loss nationally in the PairWise rankings. If no goal is scored, the game is considered a tie with both teams receiving one point in the conference standings and it is also called a tie nationally, also the same as previous seasons.

Beginning in October, if a conference game is still tied after the 5-minute overtime, the two teams will then play a 3-on-3 five-minute overtime period for the extra point in the conference standings, keeping all conference games worth three points. The result of the 3-on-3 overtime will not affect the PairWise rankings as the game is still considered a tie. If a team scores during the 3-on-3 overtime, the winning team will receive the extra point for two points in the standings and the losing team will receive the one point for the tie. The final score of the game will still reflect a tie, however.

If the game is still tied after the five-minute 3-on-3 overtime period, the game will then go to a sudden death shootout for the extra point, rather than the three-man shootout that occurred during the NCHC’s first two seasons. Each team will get one shooter, if one shooter scores and the other doesn’t, that team wins the shootout and extra point in the standings (two points total). If both shooters score or neither scores, the shootout will continue with another round until a winner is determined.

Statistics accumulated during the 3-on-3 overtime period will not count in the conference or national statistics. Only statistics recorded during regulation and 5-on-5 overtime will count for statistical purposes, but the lone exception is a game misconduct or game disqualification penalty issued during the 3-on-3 overtime or shootout, which would be recorded at the five-minute mark of the 5-on-5 overtime.

All other penalties will be enforced during the 3-on-3 overtime, but will not count in conference or national statistics. A penalty called during 3-on-3 overtime will result in a 4-on-3 power play (or 5-on-3 power play if a two-man advantage).

Nonconference games at NCHC member venues will follow the same overtime protocol upon receiving consent from the visiting nonconference opponent.

In addition to the overtime changes, all NCHC member venues will now use NHL-sized nets during all home games, the home team will wear its white or light-colored jerseys and visiting teams will wear colored or dark jerseys during the first half of the season and beginning with conference games only on January 1, 2016, the home team will wear its colored or dark jerseys and the road team will wear its white or light-colored jerseys. This change in jersey colors only applies to regular season conference games and will not apply to non-conference games after January 1 or to any NCHC or NCAA post-season games.

Another policy change for 2015-16 is an increased travel roster size for regular season conference games. NCHC teams are now allowed to travel 23 players on road series, one more than the 22 that was previously allowed for conference road games. There is no travel roster limit for nonconference games.

In addition to changes on the ice, the NCHC also created more opportunities to recognize student-athletes for their work in the classroom. The Board of Directors approved a postgraduate scholarship to be awarded to one graduating NCHC student-athlete each season who plans to continue his studies in graduate school. Each school may nominate up to one student-athlete per year with the winner selected by the schools’ faculty athletics representatives and announced annually at the NCHC awards ceremony.

Lastly, the NCHC approved a player-safety measure as the conference now requires all member institutions to comply with the NCAA Concussion Protocol Review process. All NCHC teams are required to submit their Concussion Safety Protocol Checklist through the NCAA process annually and document to the conference the completion of the review.

Lake Superior State assistant Aubry lands goalie coach job with Blackhawks

Lake Superior State announced Monday that assistant coach Peter Aubry is leaving the program to become the developmental goaltending coach for the Chicago Blackhawks organization.

Aubry served one season on the Lakers’ bench after three years as an assistant at his alma mater, Mercyhurst.

“I am extremely excited and grateful for the opportunity with the Chicago Blackhawks,” said Aubry in a news release. “As I leave LSSU, I can’t express how highly I think of Damon and [assistant coach] Rich [Metro] as coaches, people and friends. Great times are ahead for Laker hockey as they continue to take the program in a new and exciting direction. I will dearly miss working with them and the rest of the LSSU staff and players.”

Aubry also spent nine seasons playing professionally, including stops in the American Hockey League, ECHL and three other European leagues. Before joining the Mercyhurst coaching staff, he was a goaltending coach in Europe and a training camp evaluator for two United States Hockey League programs. He has been head instructor at the Shane Clifford Goalie School in Pittsburgh since 2003.

“On behalf of the Laker hockey program we would like wish the Aubry family great success in their new opportunity,” said Whitten in a statement. “The Chicago Blackhawks are getting a great coach and an outstanding person who will be a valuable addition to their storied franchise.”

A search for Aubry’s replacement at LSSU will begin immediately.

Larson rejoins Minnesota-Duluth coaching staff

Brett Larson is returning for a second stint as an assistant coach at Minnesota-Duluth, the school announced Friday.

The Duluth native and former Bulldogs player helped the team to the 2011 national championship before leaving for the USHL.

After two seasons with the Sioux City Musketeers, he joined Ohio State as an associate head coach.

“I could not be more thrilled to be coming home to work at my alma mater,” Larson said in a statement released by Minnesota-Duluth. “I loved my time playing and coaching at UMD and cannot wait to once again be part of the Bulldog family.”

Larson, 42, worked alongside former Minnesota-Duluth assistant Steve Rohlik in two seasons at Ohio State.

“We want to thank Brett for the impact he has had on our players, staff and program over the last two years,” Ohio State coach Steve Rohlik said in a news release. “We wish him nothing but the best as he returns to Duluth.”

Larson spent three seasons as an assistant to Scott Sandelin in Duluth from 2008 to 2011, culminating in the Bulldogs’ first national championship.

He replaces Derek Plante, who left UMD for personal reasons in June after five years as an assistant.

An 11th-round pick by the Detroit Red Wings in the 1990 NHL draft, Larson played 12 professional seasons before turning to coaching.

Rangers add BU associate coach Greeley, former Middlebury star Bobrov to staff

The New York Rangers announced Thursday that the team has named Steve Greeley as assistant director of player personnel and Nickolai Bobrov as director of European scouting.

Greeley joins the Rangers after serving as associate head coach at Boston University for the last two seasons. Prior to joining BU, Greeley served as a scout in the Los Angeles Kings organization from 2006 to 2013 and also as a regional scout for the U.S. National Team Development Program from 2009 to 2012.

In addition, Greeley played four seasons with the Terriers from 2000 to 2004.

Bobrov played four years at Middlebury from 1995 to 1999 and was part of four consecutive NCAA Division III championships while registering 105 points (41 goals, 64 assists) in 105 games.

Oliveto leaves Niagara staff for HarborCenter academy position

Patrick Oliveto has left his position as assistant coach at Niagara to join the staff of the Academy of Hockey at Buffalo’s HarborCenter.

Oliveto spent four seasons on the staff at Niagara, where he played from 2003 to 2007. He’ll become a development coach at the Academy of Hockey.

Before joining Niagara’s staff in 2011, Oliveto was an assistant coach at Buffalo State following a pro career in the ECHL.

In his four-year playing career at Niagara, the defenseman had 10 goals and 56 points. He was the school’s male student-athlete of the year in 2007.

Former Boston College goalie, two-time Olympian Schaus calls it a career

Molly Schaus played for Boston College from 2006 to 2009 and then again from 2010 to 2011 (photo: Melissa Wade).

Two-time United States Olympian Molly Schaus officially announced her retirement from the U.S. Women’s National Team Program on Monday.

Schaus enjoyed a nine-year career with USA Hockey and earned a pair of silver medals as a member of the U.S. team in 2010 in Vancouver and again in 2014 in Sochi, Russia.

“I’d like to thank USA Hockey and all of the coaches and staff who played such a major role in my development, both on and off the ice,” said Schaus in a news release. “Thank you to my family and friends and to everyone who supported me throughout this incredible journey. Most importantly, thank you to my teammates for making the last nine years, day in and day out, truly amazing. I am incredibly proud to have been part of this program and will take with me a lifetime of memories and friendships.”

Schaus also played four years at Boston College (2006-09, 2010-11) and finished her career as the school’s all-time leader with 80 wins, a 1.81 GAA and 3,428 saves in 134 games.

American International names former Curry assistant Wiedler to same job with Yellowjackets

American International has announced the hiring of Stephen Wiedler as the team’s new assistant coach.

Wiedler joins AIC after spending the past two seasons as the lead assistant at Curry.

“We are especially pleased that Steve will be joining our staff,” AIC head coach Gary Wright said in a statement. “He has two years of college coaching and recruiting experience and most importantly, he wants a career in coaching.”

“I am extremely excited to become a part of the AIC family,” added Wiedler. “Coach Wright’s ability to put together quality teams that play the game the right way with heart, class and respect made me jump at the opportunity to work alongside him.”

During his time with the Colonels, Wiedler was responsible for recruiting, coaching the defense, on-ice skills development, off-ice strength and conditioning and video analysis.

Wiedler was a defenseman at Southern Maine and served as team captain during his senior season of 2010-11 before embarking on a two-year professional career with the Knoxville Ice Bears of the Southern Professional Hockey League.

At World Juniors camp, Boston University’s Greenway gets jump on quicker pace

Jordan Greenway skates during USA Hockey’s World Junior evaluation camp in Lake Placid, N.Y. (photo: Dan and Margaret Hickling).

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. — Jordan Greenway is as intriguing a physical specimen as you’ll find in hockey.

If there is a list of players with his size (6-foot-5, 225 pounds) and his skating ability (just picture that stride), it’s a short one, and his name is on it.

It’s why the Minnesota Wild nabbed the lanky winger in the second round in the recent NHL draft and why Boston University will be overjoyed to usher Greenway into its freshman class this fall.

It’s also why USA Hockey made Greenway one of 39 players selected to its World Junior Championship evaluation camp, which wound up its activity last week at the Lake Placid Olympic Center.

And although the native of nearby Potsdam, N.Y., didn’t make it to the end of camp — he was among seven players cut early in the week — Greenway said that he’s much better for the experience.

“It’s been fun,” said Greenway. “They’ve been great to me. I enjoyed every moment of it.”

Gallery: College players at World Junior evaluation camp

Greenway was no stranger to the USA Hockey environs, having played with a host of fellow WJC campers — fellow incoming freshmen Erik Foley (Providence), Jack Roslovic (Miami), Jeremy Bracco (Boston College) among them — the last two years on the national Under-17 and U-18 squads.

Even so, he said, there were still some adjustments to be made while seeking a spot on the 2016 WJC team.

“It wasn’t a huge jump to what I’d seen before,” he said. “Getting used to the pace was probably the biggest thing. There were some things I had to figure out on my own. The more you play with these guys, the better you get.”

Greenway had three games — an inter-squad tilt and matches against Sweden and Finland — plus practices to catch the eye of USA coach Ron Wilson.

And at times, Greenway was hard to miss.

There was the thunderous hit he laid on Finland’s Mikko Rantanen that seemed to send shock waves through historic Herb Brooks Arena, the full-contact body banging in the corners, all that thumping in front of the net.

You’d expect all that from a young man of his stature.

Then there was the unexpected, coming in the form of a short-handed goal that capped an impressive rink-length rush past flat-footed Swedish defenders.

After two years with the National Team Development Program, Jordan Greenway is headed to Boston University (photo: Dan and Margaret Hickling).

Such penalty killing chores are usually handled by smaller, more reflexive forwards with tighter turning radii.

But there was Greenway, playing that role and handling himself well.

“[I haven't done it] a ton,” he said. “But I know what has to be done on the PK, so I have some knowledge. I got a lucky bounce that went my way and took advantage of it and took it all the way.”

On the flip side, there were some rough spots, particularly in the 10-3 pasting that Finland handed the U.S. Blue team, when he was on ice for a fistful of enemy goals.

Then again, who wasn’t?

“It’s more important,” said Greenway, “to beat Finland in December, not August.”

Despite having been an early camp cut, Greenway’s WJC hopes aren’t completely crushed. A strong start with the Terriers could bring him another invite by USA Hockey when the squad reconvenes in December.

To that end, Greenway, who hopes to add about 15 more pounds of muscle to his already imposing frame, said he’ll take what he’s been able to glean from Lake Placid and bring it with him to the Terriers.

“Coming from here,” he said, “it’s definitely going to help going into college. Knowing what I have to work on to keep moving forward. That’s what I will probably take.”

Minnesota AD Teague resigns after sexual harassment allegations

According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Minnesota athletic director Norwood Teague resigned Friday after reportedly sexually harassing two female university employees at a recent university-sponsored event.

On Friday, Teague acknowledged his actions and admitted substance abuse issues in a text message to members of the media.

“At a recent university event, I had entirely too much to drink,” Teague wrote in the text. “I behaved badly toward nice people, including sending truly inappropriate texts. I am embarrassed and apologize for my offensive behavior. This behavior neither reflects my true character nor the values of the university.

“I am extremely proud of our accomplishments during my tenure here, and I don’t want my personal life to impact the university’s reputation. I have taken immediate steps to obtain help with my alcohol issues, and I take full responsibility for my actions.”

University president Eric Kaler subsequently named deputy athletic director Beth Goetz interim AD.

Departed Northeastern sophomore Szmatula transfers to Minnesota

Mike Szmatula will be eligible to play for Minnesota starting with the 2016-17 season (photo: Melissa Wade).

Minnesota announced Thursday that forward Mike Szmatula has joined the Gophers program.

Szmatula played two seasons at Northeastern, where he collected 68 points (28 goals, 40 assists) in 73 career games before announcing his departure earlier this summer. He was a Hockey East All-Rookie Team honoree in 2013-14 after ranking second in the nation in rookie scoring (1.05 points per game) and rookie points (39).

Per NCAA transfer rules, Szmatula will sit out the 2015-16 season and will have two seasons of eligibility remaining beginning in 2016-17.

Mercyhurst associate coach Ferraris takes job at high school alma mater

Mercyhurst associate coach Robert Ferraris has stepped down, effective at the end of August, to become head hockey coach at his high school alma mater, Trinity-Pawling, in upstate New York.

Trinity-Pawling is an all-boys boarding school located in Pawling, N.Y., near the Connecticut border.

“The last 10 years have been, quite possibly, the best to work and raise a young family”, said Ferraris in a statement. “We consider Erie home and will miss all of our friends dearly. I can’t thank my best friend (men’s head coach) Rick Gotkin enough for the opportunity and I can’t thank all of the Mercyhurst community for a wonderful 10 years.”

Ferraris worked both as coach and recruiting coordinator for the Lakers. Over the years, his role expanded to include many administrative duties, alumni relations, fundraising and NCAA compliance. Ferraris worked extensively in all areas of team systems analysis, development, practice, and execution.

Gotkin offered nothing but praise and best wishes.

“I’m really excited for him and his family to be able to return to his alma mater,” Gotkin said in a news release. “He is leaving fingerprints all over the men’s varsity program. It was a privilege and a joy to coach side-by-side with him and I wish his family and him continued success. Bobby will always be a Laker.”

Prior to coming to Erie in 2005, Ferraris spent two years as an assistant at American International. He graduated from St. Anselm in 1997.

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