Coach of a truly international team, American International’s Eric Lang looks at this year’s Yellow Jackets: USCHO Spotlight episode 17

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Eric Lang’s American International Yellow Jackets stand atop Atlantic Hockey with four league games left on the schedule (photo: Driscoll Photography).

One of the great stories of the 2018-19 college hockey season is American International’s success under third-year head coach Eric Lang. The Yellow Jackets are in first place in Atlantic Hockey with four regular-season conference games left. Hosts Jim Connelly  and Ed Trefzger talk with Lang about this year’s team, recruiting talent from both North America and Europe, playing at an AHL facility, and why AIC is such a good third-period team.

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About the hosts

Jim Connelly is a senior writer at and has been with the site since 1999. He is based in Boston and regularly covers Hockey East. He began with as the correspondent covering the MAAC, which nowadays is known as Atlantic Hockey. Each week during the season, he co-writes “Tuesday Morning Quarterback.” Jim is the winner of the 2012 Joe Concannon award. He a former color analyst for UMass-Lowell hockey’s radio network and studio analyst for NESN.

Ed Trefzger has been part of USCHO since 1999 and now serves as a senior writer and director of technology. He is the radio play-by-play voice for Rochester Institute of Technology hockey on the RIT Tigers Sports Network, and has been involved with the broadcasts as a producer, studio host, and color commentator since their inception. He is co-owner and president of broadcasting company Genesee Media, and was general manager of the former Rochester, N.Y., sports radio station 97.5 The Team.