UMass has secured commitments today from a couple of left-shooting centers for this fall. The first came from forward Brett Boeing, who left Michigan Tech after his first semester this past winter. Boeing will be eligible to suit up for the Minutemen for the 2nd semester this coming season and could make his debut at the Mariucci Classic in Minnesota. The second came a few hours later from Luke McElhenie. Both players played most recently in the USHL.
Posted by rocks22 on June 9, 2016
Many UMass fans, including myself, were ecstatic that the Pittsburgh Penguins and San Jose Sharks would be playing for the Stanley Cup because it guaranteed that a Minuteman would be immortalized on Lord Stanley’s chalice by the end of the series. It wasn’t expected however that the two former UMass captains playing, San Jose defenseman Justin Braun and rookie Pittsburgh forward Conor Sheary, would be having such a significant impact on the outcome of the series.
Posted by rocks22 on June 2, 2016
Last week was a busy one on the recruiting front as UMass received four commitments for this coming season over the course of three days. I covered three of the four in my most recent posts. But on May 26th Coach Carvel and his staff secured another , this time from Jonny Lazarus, a right shooting right wing who played this past season for the Wichita Falls Wildcats in the NAHL.
Posted by rocks22 on May 31, 2016
Coach Greg Carvel and his staff haven’t wasted much time in putting their fingerprints on the incoming recruiting class as they picked up a commitment from goaltender Ryan Wischow just a day after FTT reported that Jake McLaughlin and Jack Suter had committed to UMass.
Posted by rocks22 on May 25, 2016
The first recruiting class of UMass coach Greg Carvel is beginning to take shape as the Minutemen have recently gotten commitments from two USHL players. Fargo Force defenseman Jake McLaughlin and Sioux Falls Stampede center Jack Suter are the latest players to sign on with Carvel and his staff after Griff Jeszka became their very first recruit a couple weeks ago.
Posted by rocks22 on May 24, 2016
I last posted exactly a month ago. I did not expect to go so long between posts but first I went to Florida to drink a lot of Cigar City Brewing attend a wedding and when I got back I just couldn’t find the time and/or motivation to write. But after some time to recover from the feverish rate of positing as the season ended and the subsequent coaching moves were made, I think I’m finally ready to start spending some time on UMass hockey again.
It’s the offseason so there isn’t a ton to catch up on, especially since the focus of Coach Carvel and his staff has likely been more on getting settled in Amherst than actual hockey stuff. But there were a few major developments since the last post.
Posted by rocks22 on May 19, 2016
In last week’s post I mentioned that UMass coach Greg Carvel would likely name Ben Barr, Jared DeMichiel, and Brennen McHugh to his staff in the coming days. That day was today as the hiring of Barr and Demichiel as assistant coaches and McHugh as Director of Hockey Operations became official.
Posted by rocks22 on April 19, 2016
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.
Posted by rocks22 on April 13, 2016
The Greg Carvel news prevented me from doing any recruiting updates for the last couple weeks. But time to get back into it with a bit of bad news.
Posted by rocks22 on April 6, 2016
Here is some additional coverage of Greg Carvel being named Massachusetts head coach since my last post.
Posted by rocks22 on April 4, 2016