Former UConn assistant, Boston College captain Buckley joins Eagles as new assistant coach

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Former BC captain Brendan Buckley was an assistant coach at UConn from 2015 to 2018 (photo: UConn Athletics).
Boston College graduate Brendan Buckley has been named an assistant coach on the men’s hockey staff.Buckley played for the Eagles from 1995 to 1999, serving as a captain in his senior season, before going on to enjoy a 12-year professional playing career. Buckley’s most recent coaching experience came at Connecticut, where he served as an assistant coach for the past three seasons. With the Huskies, he focused on recruiting and coaching the defensemen on the ice.”I am excited to bring back to campus a member of my first Boston College recruiting class and captain of the 1998-99 Eagles,” said BC coach Jerry York in a statement. “Brendan will bring to our locker room the same energy, tenacity and passion that he showed on the ice as a player at BC, in his pro career, and as an assistant coach under Mike Cavanaugh.”During his college career, Buckley was a standout defenseman for the Eagles after coming in as part of the first class recruited by York. He was named assistant captain in 1998 before donning the “C” for the Eagles in 1998-99. Buckley played 158 career games as an Eagle, helping the program to back-to-back Hockey East titles and Frozen Four appearances in 1998 and 1999.”I am thrilled to have the opportunity to come back home and rejoin the BC hockey family,” said Buckley. “Being able to play for Coach York and now work alongside him and the staff is a dream come true. Some of my best memories playing hockey came at the Heights and I can’t wait to help develop our student-athletes to help them achieve their goals on and off the ice.”Buckley, who was selected by the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in the fifth round of the 1996 NHL Draft, enjoyed a professional playing career that spanned over 550 games in the AHL and in Europe.