BC Agree to Contract Extension
College coach Jerry York agreed to a contract extension
that will keep him behind the Eagles' bench through the
2010-11 season, athletic director Gene DeFilippo announced
"We're very fortunate to have Jerry York
here at BC and we're all very excited that he will continue
to lead our hockey program," DeFilippo said in a statement.
"Jerry is the best hockey coach in the country and
the young people that play for Jerry become the very best
student-athletes they can be."
York, who took the helm of the BC program
in 1994 after seven years as bench boss at Clarkson and
15 seasons at Bowling Green, has a 272-148-40 record in
12 seasons with the Eagles. He ranks third on the NCAA's
career victories list with 739 wins behind Ron Mason and
Announces 2006 Award Winners
Former Army head coach Rob Riley and Michigan
assistant coach Billy Powers are among the 2006 award winners
that the American Hockey Coaches Association will honor
at its convention in April.
Riley is the 2006 recipient of the AHCA's
John MacInnes Award, given annually to an honoree who has
shown a great concern for amateur hockey and youth hockey
programs. Riley, a 1978 graduate of Boston College, won
297 games in 21 years behind the benches at Army and Babson
Powers is the recipient of the Terry Flanagan
Award, which honors an assistant coach's body of work. A
14-year assistant coach, including 12 at Michigan, Powers
is the second member of Michigan's staff to earn the honor,
following Mel Pearson in 2000.
Other honorees include: Vic Levine (The John
Mariucci Award), Frank "Mac" McIntosh (The Jim
Fullerton Award), Carl Marottolo (The John "Snooks"
Kelley Founders Award) and Charlie Stryker (The Joe Burke
For more information on the AHCA and each
honoree, visit ahcahockey.com.
to Retire Hull's Number
On Feb. 3, Brett Hull's No. 29 jersey will
be officially retired by Minnesota Duluth in a special ceremony
between the first and second periods of the Bulldogs' game
against Wisconsin at the Duluth Entertainment and Convention
"Retiring Brett's jersey is a fitting
and lasting tribute for the tremendous impact he has made
on the UMD hockey program," said athletic director
Bob Nielson. "His accomplishments while with the Bulldogs
and in the National Hockey League are remarkable and shows
why he's truly one of the game's greatest players."
During his two-year career with the Bulldogs,
Hull distinguished himself as the most prolific goal producer
in UMD history. In 1984-85, he was chosen the WCHA's Freshman
of the Year after leading all league newcomers in points
while setting a Bulldog single-season mark for goals by
a rookie with 32. The following winter, Hull collected an
NCAA-best 52 goals – a figure no Bulldog has come
close to equalling since (Derek Plante, with 36 in 1992-93,
is his nearest rival) – en route to landing All-WCHA
first team honors
and becoming a Hobey Baker Memorial Award finalist. In addition,
he established Bulldog records for hat tricks (seven), multiple-goal
games (13) and power play scores (20) in one season.
Hull, a 1997 UMD Athletic Hall of Fame inductee,
signed on with Calgary for the 1985 Stanley Cup playoffs
and went on to play 20 years in the NHL before retiring
five games into the 2005-06 season as a member of the Phoenix
Hull becomes just the second UMD male athlete
to ever have his jersey retired. He joins fellow hockey
forward Keith "Huffer" Christiansen (1963-67)
in that elite group.
Leaves UNO for OHL
defenseman Joe Grimaldi has left the Mavericks program for
the Ontario Hockey League's Ottawa 67's.
“We are extremely pleased to have Joe
as a member of our team” Ottawa coach-general manager
Brian Kilrea said in a press release. “Grimaldi will...work
hard and will help improve our defense.”
According to the OHL team's Web site, Grimaldi
joined the team in Toronto Thursday where the 67's start
a three-game road trip against the St. Mike's Majors. The
Ronkonkoma, N.Y., native – whose rights were acquired
by Ottawa in a trade with the Windsor Spitfires in exchange
for a conditional pick in this year's OHL draft –
won't suit up for Ottawa until it hosts Peterborough Jan.
Earlier this week, UNO officials told Inside
College Hockey's James Jahnke that Grimaldi had no plans
to leave school for the major junior ranks.
Grimaldi was named to the CCHA's All-Rookie
team last season after leading the league with a +24 plus-minus
rating and scoring four goals and 13 assists for 17 points
in 38 games for the Mavericks. Through 19 games this season,
the 6-0, 205-pound rearguard had no goals and four assists.
"We are disappointed to lose a player
of his caliber," UNO coach Mike Kemp said in a statement.
"However, we wish him the best as he follows his dream
to play in the NHL."
to Host Derek Hines Night
The Army hockey family will honor the memory
of former Black Knight Derek Hines Saturday night before
their game against Atlantic Hockey rival Holy Cross at West
Point's Tate Rink. Game time is set for 7 p.m.
Derek Hines served as team co-captain his
senior year and was a four-year letterwinner during his
playing days at West Point. 1st Lt. Hines was killed in
action in the district of Daychopan, Afghanistan during
a fire fight with suspected Taliban leaders.
The Army hockey team will honor his memory
in a brief ceremony before the game involving Hines' surviving
family. Head coach Brian Riley will speak to the Army fans
before the game.
In an open letter to the college hockey community
shortly after the tragedy occurred, Riley wrote, "At
5-6 and 165 pounds, 'Hinesy' was certainly not the biggest
player when he stepped onto the ice. But when the game started,
he played as big as anybody out there. As a result of his
hard-working attitude, he was a fan favorite here at Tate
Hines scored 12 goals and registered 20 assists
for 32 career points in 119 games with the Black Knights.
He returned to West Point in the spring semester of the
2003-04 season to serve as the hockey team's athletic intern.
Removes "Interim" from Motzko's Title
Cloud State made its long-anticipated move official Monday,
removing "interim" from head coach Bob Motzko's
"We are delighted to have Bob Motzko
running the Husky hockey program," athletic director
Morris Kurtz said. "He is a man of integrity, who is
committed to academic and athletic success which is consistent
with the overall mission of Husky athletics.
"SCSU looks for Bob
to build on the foundation put into place by Craig Dahl,
and return Husky hockey to a level of prominence."
Motzko was named the Huskies'
interim coach at the beginning of the 2005-06 season, after
the resignation of Dahl.
The Huskies have charted a solid 9-8-3 overall
record this season under Motzko¹s leadership, including
wins over nationally ranked Colgate, Northern Michigan,
Minnesota and North Dakota along with a tie against No.
"I would like to thank President Roy
Saigo and Morris Kurtz for providing me with the opportunity
to come back to St. Cloud State," said Motzko, a 1987
graduate of the school. "In the college coaching profession,
you always hope to have the chance to come back and coach
at your alma mater. Now, I'm one of the fortunate ones to
get that opportunity."
Coyle Declared Ineligible
Union's leading scorer, sophomore forward
Josh Coyle, has been declared ineligible by the school and
will miss the remainder of the season. Coyle had nine goals
and nine assists (18 points) in the first half of the season,
but did not accompany the team to the Dodge Holiday Classic
"It’s going to be a great learning
experience for Josh," head coach Nate Leaman told Ken
Schott of the Schenectady Daily Gazette. "I
know Josh is going to return to the program and not only
have a successful career here, but be a much better student
and earn his Union degree."
Union is 10-8-2 overall (3-3-0 ECACHL). The
Dutchmen host Harvard and Dartmouth this weekend.
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