The Mercyhurst men’s team has named Tyler Travis strength and conditioning coach. Travis, an Erie, Pa., native, received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Penn State-Behrend and his Master’s degree in clinical exercise physiology, with a concentration in cardiac rehabilitation, from Minnesota State.
New Hampshire announced Wednesday that associate head coach Jim Tortorella will leave his position to pursue a career opportunity outside of hockey.
Tortorella will serve as chief operating officer at the Foundation House in Portland, Maine. The Foundation House homes provide support for residents in their recovery from alcoholism and drug addiction.
Starting his collegiate coaching career at UNH as an assistant coach for the 1993-94 season, Tortorella then spent 17 years at Colby before returning to UNH in 2011-12.
“Jim has been a tremendous asset to the program during his time here,” said New Hampshire head coach Dick Umile in a statement. “He has decided to make a career change and I wish nothing but the best for him and his family.”
“My time at UNH has given me the opportunity to work with some of the best athletes in the country and with some of the best people,” added Tortorella. “From administrators to the coaching and support staffs, working here has always been special to me. To be able to come back for three years and have some impact on the direction of the program has meant a lot to me and it will be missed.”
Maine has named Kendall Newell to the coaching staff as the Black Bears’ new assistant coach.
Newell spent the past four seasons as head coach of the Banff Hockey Academy female prep team in Banff, Alberta.
During her time with Banff, Newell compiled a 109-76-8 coaching record, winning back-to-back regular-season championships in the Alberta Junior Female Hockey League and a Central Alberta Hockey League championship. Prior to her time at Banff, Newell spent a season (2009-2010) as an assistant coach with the SAIT Trojans of the Alberta College Athletic Conference and one season with the St. Cloud Icebreakers (2007-2008) varsity and JV teams in Minnesota High School Hockey League.
Newell also spent four seasons with St. Cloud State from 2004 to 2008 and as a goalie, posted a 24-26-9 record with a 2.69 GAA and a .908 save percentage with five shutouts.
The Phoenix product also spent one season with the Calgary Oval X-Treme of the Western Women’s Hockey League, where she led the league with nine wins, a 1.60 GAA and three shutouts.
Mercyhurst announced on Monday that Mike O’Grady will be a volunteer assistant coach for the Lakers’ women’s team. O’Grady comes to Mercyhurst after graduating from John Carroll University in May of 2014. He served as the assistant hockey coach for the school’s ACHA program.
The American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins announced on Monday the addition of Pat Ferschweiler as an assistant coach.
Ferschweiler recently concluded his fourth season behind the bench at Western Michigan. He served as an assistant coach with the Broncos from 2010 to 2013 before being promoted to associate head coach for the 2013-14 season.
In his inaugural campaign with Western Michigan in 2010-11, Ferschweiler served under current Griffins head coach Jeff Blashill.
“I am excited to add Pat to our staff,” said Blashill in a statement. “Having worked together at WMU, I know firsthand that Pat is an outstanding hockey coach. He excels in developing players and he has a great hockey mind and a great ability to communicate his thoughts. Most importantly, Pat relates to his players and builds relationships that extend beyond his time coaching them. He’ll be a great asset to the Griffins and Red Wings organizations.”
The 44-year-old Ferschweiler is a 1993 graduate of Western Michigan, where he spent three seasons (1990-93) with the Broncos and accumulated 95 points (30 goals, 65 assists) in 116 games.
“We take a great deal of pride at Western Michigan when one of our players or coaches has an opportunity to move on to the professional level,” said WMU head coach Andy Murray in a news release. “We are excited about Pat’s opportunity with Grand Rapids and the Red Wings organization. He’s helped me a great deal in terms of my transition from professional hockey to the college game and has made a tremendous impact on all of our players. He and his wife, Stacy, are quality people and I value their friendship.”
Ferschweiler is the second associate head coach to leave during the offseason after Rob Facca accepted a scouting position with the Chicago Blackhawks.
A witness stated Griffin had dove into the harbor from the “Juice Guys” establishment, then floated to the surface before going under again and not resurfacing. Authorities are investigating.
Police told the Cape Cod Times that Nantucket lifeguard Colin Perry was called to the scene and recovered Griffin from the bottom of the harbor. He was pronounced dead at 3 a.m. at Cottage Hospital.
Griffin was on the hockey team while enrolled at Boston College in 2006-07, but never saw game action.
“[Corey] cared about everybody else,” said his father, Robert Griffin, in the Boston.com report. “He will be missed.”
Sonny Milano, a first-round pick of the Columbus Blue Jackets in June, has told Boston College he will sign a pro contract instead of joining the Eagles this fall.
The school confirmed the news in a pair of tweets Saturday:
Sonny Milano has informed @BCHockeyNews that he will sign a professional contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets organization.
— BC Hockey (@BCHockeyNews) August 16, 2014
Jerry York: “Sonny has informed me he will sign a contract with Columbus. They will dictate his path as he embarks upon his pro career.”
— BC Hockey (@BCHockeyNews) August 16, 2014
In a statement released through his agent to the Columbus Dispatch, Milano said he will play for the OHL’s Plymouth Whalers this season.
Milano, a 6-foot, 183-pound forward from Massapequa, N.Y., was selected 16th overall by Columbus in June’s NHL Entry Draft.
He played the last two seasons with the USA Hockey National Team Development Program.
Since being drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets at the NHL Draft in Philadelphia on June 27, I have been asked many times about whether I would continue with my plans to attend Boston College, or play junior hockey instead. In an effort to avoid controversy and further questions on the subject, I responded that I was looking forward to attending BC in the Fall. While I have had every intention of playing for Coach (Jerry) York and joining the best college hockey program in the country, since the end of my hockey season at the USNDTP I have been questioning whether going to school was the best situation for me.
Perhaps I should have acknowledged my growing indecision when asked about my plans, but it was difficult to explain to those who were asking when I did not even know myself what I wanted to do. After a great deal of thought and discussion with my family, I have spoken with Coach York and informed him that I will be playing for the Ontario Hockey League’s Plymouth Whalers this season.
I think that BC is the best choice for those players who wish to go to school and play hockey. Every player’s path to achieving his goal of playing in the NHL is different, and the best route for some is not necessarily the best route for others. For me, the opportunity to play in the OHL is the right decision.
If I have disappointed anyone, particularly the great people I have met at BC, it was certainly not my intention to do so, and for that I am sorry. I hope that BC and those involved with its hockey program understand my decision.
Michael Lysyj has been named assistant coach at Fredonia, replacing Bill Silengo, who left to become an assistant coach at Manhattanville.
Lysyj scored 39 goals and had 38 assists in four seasons with Cortland, graduating in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology, with a concentration in coaching, and a minor in communications.
Following college, he played professionally with the Orlando Solar Bears of the ECHL and with the Peoria Rivermen and Mississippi Surge of the Southern Professional Hockey League. He also has worked and trained with Extreme Power Skating, Prestige Hockey Training and the New Jersey Raiders.
Bethel announced recently three new assistants for the Royals’ men’s team.
Nick Klaren, Tim Fisher and Thomas Stumpf will join Bethel for the 2014-15 season.
Klaren, who will focus primarily on the Royals’ defenseman, played one year in the United States Hockey League, two in the North American Hockey League and then after playing at Wisconsin-Stout, serving as team captain his senior year, spent time in the Central Hockey League, ECHL and Southern Professional Hockey League.
Fisher has been a goaltenders coach since 2009, both at the high school level and in a training venue with Premier Goaltender Development, and is a former collegiate player with St. Thomas.
Stumpf, who will be both the forwards coach and the recruiting coordinator, was most recently a five-year assistant with the St. Olaf women’s team.
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. — Evaluation camp has ended for the 35 hopefuls trying to make USA Hockey’s World Junior Championship squad.
Now it’s off to college, or junior, for each of the talented U20′s who would love nothing better than to help Team USA regain its golden touch.
Meanwhile, head coach Mark Osiecki and his assistants are left to sort through the myriad of impressions made during the nine-day camp, a precursor to the annual post-Christmas tournament to be staged in Toronto and Montreal.
At first blush, Osiecki said that the camp, which also included exhibition tilts against Finland, Sweden and the Czech Republic, produced a whole lot of good karma.
And that, to him, was far more important than any highlight-reel moments (and there were plenty of those, too).
“The whole key was just trying to find some chemistry,” said Osiecki, the former Ohio State head coach who this year steps into the pro coaching ranks as an assistant with the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs. “I think we found it. With the forward lines. I don’t want to say it was a pleasant surprise, but it’s a nice thing to come out of here with. That puts you ahead of the curve. That’s one of the benefits of the Ann Arbor (National Team Development) Program. A lot of these kids have played together.”
That cohesive strain was a strong one, particularly in the offensive end. Team USA overwhelmed its opponents by a 19-2 count during the final three tune-up tilts.
What emerged as the USA’s top line, center Jack Eichel (Boston University) planted between wingers Alex Tuch (Boston College) and Tyler Motte (Michigan), piled up 12 points in a 9-1 rout of Finland.
Osiecki pointed to that unit as an example of what all that ionic bonding can produce.
“They have a very good awareness of where each other is,” Osiecki said. “They do a great job communicating. On the bench they [were] always talking and sharing different thoughts with their teammates. It’s a good chemistry and hopefully it’s something we can build on.”
Eichel, who had dozens of NHL scouts in attendance drooling over the prospect of nabbing him in next year’s entry draft, came in for special praise from Osiecki.
“He’d be a lot of fun to coach for a long period of time, wouldn’t he?” Osiecki said. “He’s so talented. I think he’s developed some leadership skills. He’s a high-level skater. He’d probably be a top-10 skater in the NHL right now. His skating is effortless.
“He knows where everything is on the ice at any given point. Not only his own players, but the opponent. He has a great knack for knowing where everybody is at [and] a great feel for the game. More important, he’s a great person.”
Not to be overlooked was Michigan center JT Compher, who made his presence felt both on the ice and in the dressing room.
Every team needs a captain, and in Compher, who missed last year’s WJC with a gimpy foot (suffered by blocking a shot, of course), Team USA may have found its.
“It’s a relationship we started to build right away,” Osiecki said. “You’re trying to build something in terms of leadership. Especially when you don’t know the guys all that well. There’s a great group of kids who are leaders, and JT has done a great job of stepping up and communicating with them.”
Although camp may be over, the process continues.
No one left Lake Placid with a WJC guarantee in his pocket.
Final roster decisions won’t be made until December, after each hopeful has settled in for the regular season.
“It’s in their hands now,” said Osiecki. “These guys have to go back to their clubs and find a way to get a little bit better.”
Utica has named Eddie Olczyk as the new men’s assistant coach.
Olczyk, son of former NHL player and coach Ed Olczyk and brother of Penn State senior captain Tommy Olczyk, will assist Pioneers’ head coach Gary Heenan with all facets of the program, including practice and game preparation, recruiting and office management.
“Eddie has been surrounded by the game of hockey his entire life and he has a bright coaching future ahead of him,” said Heenan in a news release. “His experiences as a player at all levels of hockey will certainly benefit our student-athletes. We are excited to welcome him into the UC family and we can’t wait to get to work.”
Olczyk comes to Utica after having spent last season playing for the Bloomington Thunder of the Southern Professional Hockey League. Prior to turning pro, Olczyk spent four seasons at Massachusetts from 2009 to 2013, recording four goals and six points in 85 games.
His coaching experience includes spending the last six years as a head instructor at the Chicago Blackhawks Youth Hockey Camps. He also recently spent three months as a production spotter for NBC Sports, where he assisted with game-day production operations during the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs.
Tanis Lamoureux has been selected the new assistant coach for the Utica women’s team.
Lamoureux graduated from Elmira in the spring of 2014 after four years playing for the Soaring Eagles. She served as team captain in her final two seasons.
In her senior season of 2013-14, she was named an AHCA Second Team All-American and an ECAC West First Team All-Conference selection. She was also selected as an ECAC West All-Tournament Team member for the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 seasons. Lamoureux is now Elmira’s eighth all-time leading scorer with 106 career points on 44 goals and 62 assists.
Lamoureux has worked as a camp counselor and coach at countless hockey camps, including the Vigilante Hockey Camp in Plymouth, Mich., the Power Shot Hockey Academy in Livonia, Mich., and four years as a volunteer within the Elmira Youth Hockey ranks.
Nebraska-Omaha defenseman Nick Seeler has left the team for what the school is calling “personal reasons,” according to a brief press release issued Tuesday
“Nick has chosen to leave the program at this time,” said UNO coach Dean Blais in a statement. “We wish him well in the next chapter of his hockey career and his life.”
Seeler, who would have been a junior this coming season, played in 70 career games during the last two seasons, earning six goals and 13 assists for 19 points with 116 penalty minutes.
The Minnesota Wild selected Seeler in the fifth round (131st overall) of the 2011 NHL draft.
According to Crain’s Chicago Business, the third-annual Hockey City Classic is slated for Soldier Field on Feb. 7, 2015.
Michigan will play Michigan State and Miami will play Western Michigan at the event.
The 2013-14 event was held at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. Chicago-based sports and entertainment company Intersport is bringing the event back to the site that hosted the inaugural games in 2012-13.
“Obviously, we felt we had a very successful run in 2013,” said Intersport’s vice president of properties Drew Russell in the article. “We felt that year off from [Chicago] was important just so the event continues to be a novel concept.”
The two games will be followed by about 10 days of ice time for public skating, hockey clinics and exhibition games.
The NCAA announced on Monday that the RIT women’s team will be a full-fledged member of Division I beginning with the 2014-15 season and will be eligible for full postseason play.
“We are very pleased that our program has reached this milestone,” said RIT executive director of athletics Lou Spiotti in a news release. “The NCAA has now acknowledged something that we know to be fact. RIT women’s hockey has arrived. This announcement serves as a portal for future growth and opportunities. I salute our coaching staff and our student-athletes, past and present as we look forward to many successes in the coming years.”
“This is very exciting news for our program,” added RIT head coach Scott McDonald, now entering his ninth season behind the bench. “It is another step in the right direction for our program as we continue to build on our Division I success. We are excited to start the new season and be eligible for the NCAA tournament.”
Per NCAA rules, RIT was not eligible for the NCAA tournament due to a two-year probationary period requirement in order to move from Division III to Division I.
The Tigers announced their intentions to move up to Division I from Division III on March 20, 2012, just three days after winning the Division III national championship, and played their first game as a Division I program five months later. RIT went 16-16-5 that season, advancing to the CHA semifinals.
Last season, RIT finished 20-15-3 and won the CHA championship.
Holy Cross on Monday named former Notre Dame defenseman Brock Sheahan an assistant coach.
“I am very excited to welcome Brock Sheahan to our coaching staff,” said Holy Cross head coach David Berard in a statement. “Brock brings a wealth of knowledge to our program from his experiences as a player and as a coach. He has a great feel for the game and understands what it takes to build a championship-level program. His strong communication skills and positive energy will have a significant impact on the development of our players. I am delighted that Brock has decided to join us at Holy Cross.”
Sheahan played for the Irish from 2004 to 2008 and was part of Notre Dame’s first CCHA championship team in 2006-2007 and first Frozen Four team the following year as a senior assistant captain advancing to the 2008 national championship game. During his NCAA career, he played in 161 games, netting four goals and 29 assists for 33 points.
He spent last season at Notre Dame as a volunteer assistant coach and prior to that, played five years of professional hockey. He spent four seasons in the ECHL, winning a Kelly Cup in 2010 with the Cincinnati Cyclones, and one year in Germany.
The 2013-14 season was Freibergs’ first full season at Bowling Green as he was limited to just eight games in 2012-13 as he served a suspension for having played professionally in Latvia as a teenager. He has also been suspended by the International Ice Hockey Federation after testing positive for a banned substance while playing for Latvia at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
Last season with BGSU, Freibergs tallied three goals (two on the power play) and 19 assists for 22 points in 37 games for the Falcons.
In addition, senior-to-be forward Marcus Perrier announced on Twitter that he is leaving Bowling Green.
(1) I would like to thank all of the coaches, staff, and players at @BGSU_Hockey I have had a great experience at BG over these last 3 years
— marcus perrier (@marcusperrier) July 23, 2014
(2) my teammates have become family to me and I will miss them as I begin my next step in my career.
— marcusperrier(@marcusperrier) July 23, 2014
Perrier posted two goals and 10 points in 35 games during the 2013-14 season.
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. — It takes all kinds, and Sean Malone was out to prove that it took one of his kind.
The kind that can do whatever it takes — anything and everything, short of stepping into the goal crease (perhaps) — to restore Team USA to its World Junior Championship gold medal-winning form of two years ago.
Ultimately, Malone, a Harvard sophomore-to-be, saw his hopes of surviving the nine-day USA Hockey World Junior evaluation camp fall short when he missed Tuesday’s cutdown following a pair of exhibition tilts against Sweden and Finland.
Malone, who suited up for the USA Blue unit, was strong in both tilts.
But with 42 hopefuls vying for 35 spots, Malone found himself caught up in a numbers crunch.
It was bad news for the native of West Seneca, N.Y., but an indication of just how strong the talent pool for this year’s WJC entry might be.
“That’s the toughest part of it,” said Team USA head coach Mark Osiecki, who had to put his stamp on the final cut list. “There’s a lot of good hockey players. Every kid that’s here is a very talented hockey player, and are going to be good hockey players in the future.”
“It [was] a special opportunity to show what I have, to get my name out there,” Malone said. “[To] compete against the top players in the country, and other countries as well.”
And to compete, the rock solid, 6-foot, 190-pound forward has to play the game his way.
With a ream full of sandpaper. The coarsest grade preferred.
“At school I’m the same way,” Malone said. “I didn’t change my game here.”
Which is to say that he majored in the little things here. Just like at dear ol’ Harvard.
There are faceoffs to be won. Netminders to disturb. Opponents to be nettled. Penalties to kill off. And when the occasion allows, points to be put up.
And Malone, who took turns at center and wing during the camp, excels at each of those tasks.
“I do a lot of things that other players don’t,” he said. “It would be an important asset to have. The coaches [here] tell guys to be versatile and I bring that. I just [wanted] to show that there’s a spot for me.”
To be sure, Malone is a well-known commodity to USA Hockey.
Festival camps, a year with the USA Hockey National Team Development Program and a silver medal from the IIHF U18 championship are on his resume.
Malone has done everything asked of him. He’s also played with several of the other hopefuls, from John Hayden to Jack Eichel, which put him squarely in his comfort zone in Lake Placid.
“We have chemistry there,” he said. “And socially, you feel more comfortable throughout the week. That takes the nerves off and it translates to your game as well.”
Malone, who was drafted in the sixth round in 2013 by his hometown Buffalo Sabres, bounded into Lake Placid buoyed by a strong showing at the Sabres’ prospect development camp, held in mid-July.
He said WJC would-be’s who took part in NHL summer pro camps had a leg up on those who didn’t.
“There was the same amount of skill out there as there is here,” he said. “Maybe guys [there] are a little stronger and stuff. But you leave there with more confidence. At Sabres camp, you go up against guys way older than you [who] are way stronger. But you come here to go against guys the same age, and you know you can compete.”
Despite missing this cut, Malone could still find himself suiting up for Team USA when the team assembles again in December.
Malone and the other candidates will be continually watched with a critical eye once they begin their college or junior seasons.
“The kids who were sent home,” said Osiecki, “by no means were they off [the team]. They’ll definitely be looked at. There will be a lot of contact. They are definitely tremendous hockey players.”
Even so, Malone feels his WJC camp experience is bound to help him as he gets ready for his second season at Harvard.
“Usually during the summer you don’t skate as much,” he said. “But you come here and you go hard. It gives you more confidence going into Harvard’s season. I’m just looking forward to that. I also know that having a good start to the [collegiate] season helps your stock to make this team.”
Wentworth announced Thursday the hiring of Jay Pecora as the head coach of the men’s team.
Pecora replaces R.J. Tolan, who stepped down in June to become the head coach at Endicott.
“I am excited to be named the head hockey coach at Wentworth,” said Pecora in a news release. “I would like to thank the search committee and the entire athletics department for this opportunity. I look forward to building the strength of the program and taking it to a new level of success.”
For the past four seasons, Pecora has served as an assistant coach at Southern Maine and prior to that, he co-founded the Portland Junior Pirates of the Atlantic Junior Hockey League and was a co-owner, director of hockey operations and the program’s head coach from 2002 to 2010.
A native of Stoneham, Mass., Pecora played three seasons at New England College after spending a season at Plattsburgh State. He served as a three-year captain for the Pilgrims and recorded 70 points (22 goals, 48 assists) in 66 games. During his senior season (1996-97) he tallied nine goals with 19 assists for 28 points and earned Division II/III player of the year honors from the New England Hockey Writers Association.
The 1997 recipient of the Parmenter Award, given to New England College’s top graduating male athlete, Pecora earned his Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology in 1997 and went on to play professionally for five seasons, playing in Austria for one season and for four teams among three leagues in the United States.
Karyn Bye Dietz, Brian Rafalski, Jeff Sauer and Lou Vairo will be inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame as the class of 2014.
“The class of 2014 is an extraordinary collection of individuals that have had an immensely positive impact on hockey in our country,” said USA Hockey president Ron DeGregorio in a news release. “Cumulatively, they have been involved at every level of hockey and this group is a big reason why our sport has advanced to the point it has in the United States.”
Bye Dietz, a pioneer in women’s hockey in the United States, played college hockey at the University of New Hampshire from 1989-93, racking up 164 points in 87 games, and also played for the U.S. at the 1998 and 2002 Winter Olympics. In 2011, she became just the fifth woman to be inducted into the IIHF Hall of Fame.
A two-time Stanley Cup champion, Rafalski played 11 seasons in the NHL. The defenseman won the Stanley Cup in 2000 with New Jersey and then in 2008 with Detroit. Internationally, Rafalski was a member of the U.S. Olympic team at the 2002, 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympics. During his four-year career at Wisconsin, Rafalski posted 20 goals and 98 points in 146 games. As a senior in 1994-95, he earned AHCA West All-America First Team honors, WCHA defensive player of the year and All-WCHA First Team laurels.
Sauer’s 31-year NCAA Division I college coaching career featured 655 wins (seventh all-time) and two national championships, both of which came at Wisconsin (1983, 1990). Sauer led Wisconsin to three Frozen Four appearances, 12 NCAA tournament berths, six WCHA playoff titles and two WCHA regular-season crowns in 20 seasons (1982-2002). He also spent 11 years (1971-82) as head coach at his alma mater, Colorado College, where he was twice named WCHA coach of the year (1972, 1975).
The 2014-15 season is Sauer’s fourth campaign as head coach of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team. He led the U.S. to the gold medal at the 2012 International Paralympic Committee Ice Sledge Hockey World Championship. Two years later, he was at the helm of the gold-medal winning 2014 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team in Sochi, Russia.
Vairo, USA Hockey’s director of special projects since 1992, was the driving voice in the formation of the Diversity Task Force that began in 1992 to help introduce hockey to inner-city and minority children. He was at the forefront of helping develop many of USA Hockey’s most successful programs, including in coaching education and player development, and is a former assistant coach with New Jersey.
The class of 2014 will be formally enshrined on Dec. 4 in Minneapolis/St. Paul.