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Up To The Minute ▲ Assistant News; Recruit Update; State Of The Triangle

This will be a mixed bag of a post since there’s a few things to catch up on.  It makes sense to start off with this story that ran in the Collegian by Ross Gienieczko where he covers a lot of ground with Greg Carvel who has jumped into the everyday work of being the UMass hockey coach.  In the article Carvel talks about filling in his staff, Toot Cahoon, and the fate of committed recruits.

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Up To The Minute ▲ Additional Carvel Coverage

Here is some additional coverage of Greg Carvel being named Massachusetts head coach since my last post.

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New Era Begins ▲ Carvel Introduced As UMass Head Coach

Greg Carvel was officially introduced as the 14th head coach of the Massachusetts hockey program this morning in Amherst.  Carvel opened up his remarks by recalling a conversation with legendary Amherst College coach Jack Arena who told his former assistant coach that UMass “is a home run, they just need the right guy.  You’re the guy.”

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Carvel Era Begins ▲ Bamford Chooses Saint Lawrence Head Coach To Lead Minutemen

The state of the Massachusetts hockey program has fallen on such hard times in recent years that some have said it will take an act of God to turn the program around.  Well athletic director Ryan Bamford has chosen a Saint to elevate UMass hockey to the promised land that has mostly eluded the program in its history.  Today Bamford announced that Saint Lawrence head coach Greg Carvel is the new coach of Minuteman hockey, signing a five-year deal to oversee the program.

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Up To The Minute ▲ Dennehy, Pearl, Shafer Interview At UMass

The Daily Hampshire Gazette’s Matt Vautour reported last night that UMass athletic director Ryan Bamford has interviewed Merrimack head coach Mark Dennehy, Harvard assistant Paul Pearl, and Cornell’s Mike Shafer for the UMass position.  Dennehy and Pearl were already expected to be in the mix for the coaching job, but Shafer’s involvement is a surprise.  All signs point toward a coach being named in the near future, perhaps as early as this week, so there’s a good chance the next person to lead the program could be one of these three or former UMass captain Dean Stork who previously interviewed.

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Recruit Update ▲ Hildenbrand A Force Recently For Fargo

There hasn’t been a lot of coaching search news in recent days.  But a lot of the future Minutemen are still in action.  So let’s catch up with them.

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Up To The Minute ▲ Joel Hanley Makes NHL Debut With Montreal

Time to catch up on the most recent news.  Yesterday former UMass defenseman Joel Hanley became the 13th Minuteman to play in the NHL as he made his debut for the Montreal Canadiens.  Hanley was on the ice for 14:25 and finished a –1 in the 4-1 loss.  Hanley has been playing this season for the St John’s IceCaps of the AHL where he has 5 goals and 8 assists in 61 games.

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Up To The Minute ▲ Bennett Not Interested In UMass Position

Mike McMahon of College Hockey News reported earlier today that Union coach Rick Bennett is out of the running for the UMass job.  Bennett was considered the top target by most around college hockey, though it’s unknown just how interested he really was in the opportunity.  He had this to say:

“As far as the UMass position, obviously I am honored and humbled to be considered in the mix,” Bennett said Friday morning. “But I think it was a lot of noise.”

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Up To The Minute ▲ Bamford Comments On Micheletto Decision, Coaching Search

We are one day into the Massachusetts hockey coaching search and I’ve done my best to consolidate all the information that is out there regarding the firing of former coach John Micheletto and the ongoing search.  Athletic Director Ryan Bamford had a conference call with the media today and I think UMass hockey fans should be very happy to hear what he has to say about a wide range of topics.  One piece of news that I reported yesterday is that assistant coach Ryan Miller was named interim head coach during the search process and will continue to handle a lot of the administrative tasks and continue to work with the players in the meantime.

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IT’S OVER: Micheletto Era Ends At Massachusetts

Minutes after I wrote in my weekend recap that there should be a coaching change in the coming days news broke that UMass coach John Micheletto has been fired by the university.  Matt Vautour was the first to break the news:

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