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Connecticut defenseman Cooke leaves Huskies’ men’s teamAccording to the Hartford Courant, Connecticut junior defenseman Tyler Cooke has left the team. Cooke played three games this season and did not record a point. In his first two seasons at UConn, he skated in 73 games with two goals and 12 assists for 14 points. ( November 15, 2014)
Boston College goalie Billett takes leave of absence; Eagles add JoyceBoston College announced Tuesday that senior goaltender Brian Billett has taken a personal leave of absence from the team and added sophomore goalie Alex Joyce to the roster. According to a BC news release, Billett’s leave of absence “does not stem from any violation of team rules or policies.” ( November 11, 2014)
Mercyhurst to host Ohio State at Erie Insurance Arena in January 2015Mercyhurst announced on Tuesday afternoon that its originally-scheduled men’s games against Ohio State on Jan. 2 and Jan. 3, 2015, will be played at the Erie Insurance Arena as part of the “Snowtown Throwdown.” Game time on Friday, Jan. 2 is slated for 7:05 p.m. EDT, while the following day’s game will begin at 2:35 p.m. The Ontario Hockey League’s Erie Otters are also in town that night for a 7 p.m. faceoff against the Windsor Spitfires. Proceeds from the two-game series will benefit The Warming Center hosted at the Mental Health Association of Northwest Pennsylvania. ( October 28, 2014)
Minnesota-Duluth to retire Watson’s No. 14 on Oct. 24.On Oct. 24, Minnesota-Duluth will officially retire Bill Watson’s No. 14 jersey during a first intermission ceremony at AMSOIL Arena. Watson, who owns the distinction of being the only individual to play and coach in a Frozen Four championship game with the Bulldogs, won the Hobey Baker Memorial Award in 1985. ( October 15, 2014)
Rensselaer adds volunteer assistants for men’s and women’s teamsThe Rensselaer men’s and women’s hockey teams have each added a volunteer assistant coach for the 2014-15 season. Former Engineers’ standout Marc Cavosie will work with the men’s team, while Robert Cathcart III will be with the women’s program. ( October 9, 2014)
Ex-Vermont forward O’Connor named to USA Hockey postFormer Vermont forward Mike O’Connor has been named director of major giving for the USA Hockey Foundation. O’Connor played for the Catamounts from 1981 to 1985. ( October 1, 2014)
McLaughlin promoted to full-time director of hockey ops at NortheasternFormer Northeastern captain Mike McLaughlin has been named the Huskies’ new director of hockey operations. McLaughlin joins the coaching staff in a full-time capacity after spending the past two seasons as a volunteer graduate assistant. ( September 29, 2014)
Nicklin named new volunteer assistant at Minnesota-DuluthMinnesota-Duluth has named former Bulldogs’ goaltender Brant Nicklin its new volunteer assistant coach. Nicklin, who replaces Bill Watson, has served as the UMD women’s goaltending coach the past four seasons and as an assistant coach at St. Scholastica since 1995-96. ( September 19, 2014)
Leaman going into Cortland C-Club HallProvidence coach Nate Leaman will be inducted into the Cortland C-Club Hall of Fame during its 46th annual banquet and ceremonies on Saturday, Sept. 13. Leaman is a 1997 graduate of Cortland, where he served as a captain his junior and senior years. He currently ranks 11th at the school in career assists and 18th in career points. ( September 12, 2014)
Marrochello named new Boston University ADDrew Marrochello, who has been acting as Boston University’s interim director of athletics since July, when former director Michael Lynch stepped down, has had the interim tag removed. Marrochello joined BU in 2005 as associate athletic director for internal affairs and was promoted to deputy director of athletics, a position he has held for the past seven years. ( September 10, 2014)
Longtime Clarkson radio voice Elliott dies at 85Con Elliott, Clarkson’s radio voice from 1955 to 1987, died Thursday in Ogdensburg, N.Y. He was 85. Elliott called nearly 1,000 Clarkson games in a 38-year career. ( September 5, 2014)
Scarpace tabbed Michigan’s director of player developmentMichigan has announced former college goaltender L.J. Scarpace as its director of player development, a newly created position. Scarpace has served as the Wolverines’ video coordinator since 2004 and played two seasons at Western Michigan and two at Michigan from 1996 to 2001. ( September 5, 2014)
Former goalie Spratt returns to Bowling Green as director of hockey operationsBowling Green has named former Falcons goaltender Jimmy Spratt as its director of hockey operations. Spratt played at BGSU from 2005 to 2009. ( September 5, 2014)
Seeler transfers to Minnesota, will sit out 2014-15 seasonDefenseman Nick Seeler has transferred to Minnesota after leaving Nebraska-Omaha earlier this offseason. Per NCAA transfer rules, Seeler must sit out the 2014-15 season and will have two seasons of eligibility remaining. Seeler totaled 19 points (six goals, 13 assists) in 70 games with the Mavericks over the last two years. ( September 3, 2014)
Former Colorado College assistant Bonnett named to USA Hockey ADM postJoe Bonnett has been named an American Development Model regional manager by USA Hockey. Bonnett played at Western Michigan and had been an assistant coach at Colorado College from 2000 to 2014. ( September 2, 2014)
Shimizu hired as head strength coach at Alabama-HuntsvilleAlabama-Huntsville has announced the hiring of Tyler Shimizu as head strength coach. Shimizu, who spent the 2013-14 season at Nicholls State as assistant strength and conditioning coach, will work with all UAH sports teams. ( August 27, 2014)
Former Notre Dame defenseman Blatchford named volunteer assistant at DenverDenver has named Brett Blatchford a volunteer assistant coach for the 2014-15 season. Blatchford spent four seasons on the blue line at Notre Dame from 2006 to 2010. ( August 26, 2014)
Ex-BC defenseman Forrest named intern assistant coach with NTDPFormer Boston College defenseman J.D. Forrest (2000-04) will serve as an intern assistant coach for the U.S. National Under-18 Team, part of USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program, during the 2014-15 season. ( August 25, 2014)
Travis named strength coach at MercyhurstThe 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. ( August 21, 2014)
O’Grady tabbed volunteer assistant with Mercyhurst womenMercyhurst 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. ( August 18, 2014)
Union’s Cohn selected for USA Hockey internshipPhil Cohn has been named the fifth recipient of the USA Hockey Brendan Burke Internship. Cohn spent the past five seasons at Union, working as the hockey operations coordinator, student manager and video coordinator in that time. ( August 5, 2014)
Murphy returns to Providence as coordinator of hockey operationsProvidence has hired Kyle Murphy as the coordinator of men’s ice hockey operations. Murphy, a 2013 graduate of Providence, returns to the Friars after captaining the squad during the 2012-13 season and winning the 2013 Derek Hines Unsung Hero Award. ( July 30, 2014)
Kawano tabbed Colorado College’s director of hockey ops, video coordinatorChris Kawano, who played eight games as a goaltender for Colorado College from 2003 to 2007, has been named the Tigers’ first director of hockey operations and video coordinator. ( July 11, 2014)
Ex-Canisius hockey ops director Walsh named intern coach at U.S. NTDPTyler Walsh has been named an intern assistant coach for the U.S. National Under-17 Team, part of USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program based in Ann Arbor, Mich., for the 2014-15 season.
Walsh spent 2013-14 as director of hockey operations at Canisius, where he was responsible for the program’s video coordination, travel management and assistance of the Griffins coaching staff. He also compiled scouting reports on opponents. Walsh is the eldest son of Shawn Walsh, former head coach at Maine, grandson of former Lake Superior State, Bowling Green and Michigan State coach Ron Mason and older brother of Michigan State junior Travis Walsh.
( July 8, 2014)
Former CHA women’s player of the year Steadman named volunteer assistant at Robert MorrisThe Robert Morris women’s team has announced the hiring of former Mercyhurst forward Kelley Steadman as a volunteer assistant coach. Steadman played for the Lakers from 2008 to 2012, producing 78 goals and 54 assists and was the CHA player of the year in 2012, in addition to being nominated for the Patty Kazmaier Award. ( July 8, 2014)
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