News Briefs

Mercyhurst men’s coach Gotkin a 2015 Pennsylvania Sports Hall inducteeMercyhurst men’s coach Rick Gotkin, currently in his 27th season at the Lakers’ helm, will be inducted into the Erie Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame on Tuesday, June 23 at the Erie Shrine Club. ( March 7, 2015)
Carter to enter RPI Hockey Ring of HonorFormer Rensselaer forward John Carter will be the eighth inductee into the school’s Hockey Ring of Honor. A two-time national All-America and the second leading point producer in school history, Carter will be recognized on Feb. 14 prior to the Engineers’ Big Red Freakout! game against Yale. ( February 5, 2015)
Komisarek back at Michigan as undergraduate assistantFormer Michigan defenseman Mike Komisarek has joined the Wolverines’ coaching staff as an undergraduate student assistant. Komisarek played two seasons at Michigan (2000-02) before embarking on an 11-year NHL career with Montreal, Toronto and Carolina. He is now finishing his undergraduate degree through the athletic department’s Degree Completion Program. ( January 9, 2015)
Chatham hires Sullivan as new women’s assistant coachFormer Franklin Pierce forward and assistant captain Bill Sullivan has been named the new women’s assistant coach at Chatham. ( January 6, 2015)
Sophomore Kinne not returning to Bemidji StateAccording to an email from a Bemidji State spokesman, sophomore forward Bob Kinne will not be returning to the Beavers for the upcoming semester. Kinne had not played this season and tallied a goal and two assists in 26 games during the 2013-14 season. ( December 29, 2014)
Minnesota-Duluth’s Spurrell likely out rest of ’14-15 after back surgeryAccording to the Duluth News Tribune, Minnesota-Duluth sophomore forward Sammy Spurrell is “likely done for the season” after having surgery Dec. 3 to fix a herniated disc in his lower back. Spurrell had a goal and an assist in five games this year. ( December 4, 2014)
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)
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