Time to get everyone up to date on the recent goings on surrounding UMass hockey and college hockey in general. Look for previews of the coming season to start in earnest following the long weekend.
UMass made official the hiring of John Gobeil as Director of Hockey Operations. Gobeil comes to Amherst from Vermont, where he had served in the same role for his alma mater during the past three years. A full time Director of Hockey Ops is something that is commonplace across the rest of competitive college hockey and long overdue for the Minuteman program. Welcome to the UMass family, John. You’ll be out of the spotlight, but still making a significant contribution to the success of the team.
The official roster has been updated with incoming freshman K.J. Tiefenwerth, Evan Stack, Shane Walsh, and Connor Doherty. I would point out that all other players are on the roster and expected to return.
Hockey’s Future had this excellent article regarding recent UMass alums making strides towards playing in the NHL. Featured are Justin Braun, Matt Irwin, Casey Wellman, Paul Dainton, Mike Marcou, and his brother James Marcou.
Matt Vautour mentions hockey in this preview to the 2012-13 UMass athletic season.
Speaking of Matty V, I’ll be taking on him and other media members in a contest to correctly pick this season’s UMass and MAC football games. The contest pits myself, Maroon Musket’s Bob McGovern, and UMass Football Blog’s Frank Smith against Matt, UMass hockey announcer Matt Goldstein, and the Republican’s Harry Plumer. Looking at the first week’s picks I really need Northern Illinois to get the upset this week. No worries though, Iowa always starts slow on the season.
Speaking of UMass football, I cannot wait to head to East Hartford tomorrow (have those words ever been written?) to watch the Minutemen kick off the FBS era against UConn. I, and others, have been waiting a long time for this and still have vivid memories of UMass embarrassing the Huskies 62-20 in the last meeting.
Merrimack coach Mark Dennehy has been named an Associate Athletic Director in the wake of the school’s AD resigning for misconduct.