Leaves Geneseo for OSU
Jason Lammers has been named an assistant
coach at Ohio State, head coach John Markell announced Monday.
Lammers spent last season as the head coach at SUNY Geneseo,
his alma mater, where he led the Knights to the NCAA Division
“We’re tremendously excited to
add a coach to our staff with Jason’s experience,
not only at the assistant coaching position, but also with
the experience of being a Division III head coach,”
Markell said. “His past experiences working with student-athletes
will help him in the transition to our program. We’re
anxious to get him acclimated to campus and the Columbus
“I’m excited about the opportunity
to work with the coaching staff and players at Ohio State,”
said Lammers. “Ohio State has grown into one of the
premier hockey programs in the NCAA because it offers student-athletes,
and more specifically hockey players, an opportunity to
reach their goals as both a student and an athlete. I look
forward to working with Coach Markell and Coach (Casey)
Jones throughout the challenging CCHA conference schedule
and look forward to the opportunity to work with some excellent
In 2005-06, Lammers led Geneseo to a 19-9-2
ledger, the State University of New York Athletic Conference
(SUNYAC) tournament title and to the NCAA Division III tournament.
The squad, which was 10-4 in league play and finished one
point out of first place, ended the year ranked sixth nationally.
Pecknold Signs Extension
Quinnipiac head coach Rand Pecknold has agreed
to a contract extension that will run through the 2009-10
season, athletic director Jack McDonald announced.
"Over the past 12 years Rand has brought
Quinnipiac men's ice hockey from a Division II/III program
to one of the most respected programs in Division I,"
McDonald said. "Our inaugural ECAC Hockey League season
was highlighted by Rand opening the season with victories
against Harvard and Dartmouth and closing the season with
an excellent showing in the ECACHL playoffs. We are very
pleased that Rand, Nikki and son Tate will continue to be
a part of our wonderful community at Quinnipiac."
Pecknold enters his 13th season behind the
Quinnipiac bench in 2006-07 and is the program's winningest
coach of all time with a 222-136-32 career record. Pecknold
has guided Quinnipiac to two MAAC regular season titles,
one Atlantic Hockey regular season title, one MAAC tournament
title and the first-ever NCAA berth in program history in
Anchorage, Holy Cross Add Assistants
Alaska Anchorage coach Dave Shyiak rounded
out his coaching staff by bringing Campbell Blair in from
Maine to serve as his top assistant.
Blair, a former Black Bear defenseman, spent
five seasons in Orono as an assistant to Tim Whitehead.
During that span, Maine made three trips to the Frozen Four
and won the Hockey East playoff championship in 2004. The
Prince George, B.C., native sees the position at UAA as
a step up career-wise.
"To be a head coach, I need to be able
to recruit," Blair told the Anchorage Daily News.
"It might make me more attractive as a head coach.
The goal is to apply for a D-I job and have a good chance
at getting one. If I can help build this program and turn
it around, that bodes better for me."
In other coaching news, Holy Cross added former
Niagara assistant Albie O'Connell to its staff. O'Connell
was an aide to Dave Burkholder for two seasons. Prior to
that, the former Boston University skater served one season
as an assistant at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, and
a year as head coach at the Berkshire (Mass.) School.
Returns to Niagara as Assistant Coach
Niagara goaltender has rejoined the Purple Eagles' program
as an assistant to head coach Dave Burkholder.
"I am very excited to have Greg back at Niagara," Burkholder said in a statement. "We shared some very special times throughout his storied career here. Add to that his professional experience and it makes him the perfect fit for our staff at this time."
Gardner played professionally for six seasons, the past two with Bremerhaven in the second division of Germany's Bundesliga. Prior to that, he spent two seasons with the ECHL's Mississippi Sea Wolves and two seasons in the Columbus organization, splitting time between the Blue Jackets' AHL club in Syracuse and its ECHL affiliate in Dayton.
A native of Mississauga, Ont., Gardner compiled a 64-33-12 record in goal for the Purple Eagles during his career. His best season was 1999-2000, when he posted a 29-8-4 record, a 1.53 goals against average, a .936 save percentage and 12 shutouts, an NCAA single-season record. That season, he backstopped Niagara to its first NCAA postseason berth and led the team to a first-round upset against New Hampshire.
Signing Becomes Official; Skille Next?
Inside College Hockey reported earlier this week, the San
Jose Sharks officially announced it had signed Wisconsin
forward Joe Pavelski to a contract. Pavelski, who will forgo
his final two seasons of eligibility with the Badgers, lead
the team in scoring in each of the last two seasons.
“It was a long process,” Pavelski
said at a news conference in Madison Friday. “To leave
two years early the contract offer had to be right and San
Jose made a great offer."
Pavelski, a native of Plover, Wis., was chosen
by the Sharks in the seventh round with the 205th overall
selection in the 2003 NHL Draft. He becomes the second Wisconsin
skater to leave school with eligibility remaining –
forward Robbie Earl signed with Toronto days after the Badgers'
national championship win against Boston College.
Meanwhile, forward Jack Skille told Andy Baggott
of the Wisconsin State Journal he'll decide whether
to sign with the Chicago Blackhawks, the team that chose
him in the first round of the 2005 draft, or return to Madison
for his junior campaign.
Bypasses Wolverines for L.A. Kings
coach Red Berenson is used to losing underclassmen to the
professional ranks. Friday, he lost a player who hadn't
even enrolled in classes.
Forward Trevor Lewis, who would've been a
Wolverine freshman this fall, signed a three-year contract
with the Los Angeles Kings, which selected him with the
17th overall pick in last month's NHL Draft.
A Salt Lake City native, Lewis scored 35 goals
and 40 assists in 56 regular-season games for the United
States Hockey League's Des Moines Buccaneers and added 16
points in 11 playoff games as the Bucs captured the circuit's
postseason title. For his efforts, Lewis was named USHL
player of the year, forward of the year and won the Curt
Hammer Award, given to league's most gentlemanly player.
Carter Signs with Anaheim
State forward Ryan Carter has decided to forgo his final
two seasons with the Mavericks and sign as a free agent
with the Anaheim Ducks.
Carter is the second underclassman to leave
Minnesota State this summer, joining David Backes, and the
third college hockey underclassman to sign with the Ducks,
joining Cornell's David McKee and Michigan State's Drew
As a sophomore Carter finished second on the
Mavericks in goals (19) and third in points (35) in 39 games.
to Show Off New Goggin to Fans
|An artist's rendering of Miami's
As part of the festivities surrounding the
Miami ice hockey program’s alumni weekend, fans will
be able to get a sneak preview of the new state-of-the-art
Goggin Ice Center on Sat., July 15. During the annual alumni
game, which takes place from noon-2 p.m., fans are invited
to come to the new home of Miami hockey, located between
Oak Street and Campus Avenue adjacent to the Recreational
Among the list of former Miami hockey
greats slated to skate in the alumni game are current National
Hockey League players Brian Savage (Philadelphia Flyers)
and Mike Glumac (St. Louis Blues) along with two-time All-American
Andy Greene, who signed a contract with the New Jersey Devils
after completing his collegiate eligibility this past season.
Signs Contract Extension
Duluth head coach Scott Sandelin has signed a three-year
contract extension that will keep him behind the Bulldog
bench through the 2009-10 season, it was announced today
by athletic director Bob Nielson.
The agreement calls for Sandelin to receive
an annual base salary of $130,000.
“We very pleased with the leadership
Scott has provided to our men’s hockey program and
are encouraged about what lies ahead for the Bulldogs, ”
said Nielson. “He’s continually demonstrated
the ability to bring in top quality student-athletes --
young men who excel both on the ice and in the classroom.”
In his six seasons with the Bulldogs, Sandelin,
the 2003-04 Spencer Penrose Award recipient (American Hockey
Coaches Association NCAA I Coach of the Year), has helped
thrust the UMD program back firmly into the national forefront.
In addition to compiling an overall record of 96-122-26,
including a 76-70-19 mark since the start of the 2002-03
season, he has taken UMD to three of the past four WCHA
Final Five Tournaments.
Signs with Stars
Colorado College forward Marty Sertich, who
won the 2005 Hobey Baker Award as a junior, has signed with
the Dallas Stars according to multiple reports.
Sertich, who was a free agent, signs with
the same organization that inked 2004 Hobey winner Junior
Lessard out of Minnesota Duluth. He will likely begin his
professional career with the Iowa Stars of the AHL.
Confirm: Johnson Will Be a Gopher
Louis Blues’ president John Davidson announced today
that defenseman Erik Johnson will attend Minnesota in the
fall. Johnson, a Bloomington, Minn., native, had committed
to the Gophers, but was the No. 1 selection in the 2006
NHL Entry Draft, fueling speculation that he might join
the Blues this fall.
“We feel this is a win-win situation
for Erik to be going to an excellent hockey program to continue
his development,” said Davidson. “This is beneficial
for his career, short term and long term, to play for the
Gophers. He will have an opportunity to compete for an NCAA
National Championship (in St. Louis in April of 2007), play
in the World Junior Championships and enjoy university life.”
Johnson has spent the previous two years with
USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program in
Ann Arbor, MI.
Standbrook Announces Retirement
Maine assistant coach Grant Standbrook announced that he
is retiring from full-time coaching after 18 seasons with
the Black Bears. He will stay with the team as a volunteer
"Grant has meant so much to the Maine
hockey program over the last 18 years," said head coach
Tim Whitehead in a statement. "He is without a doubt
the common denominator for the program's unprecedented success
during that time."
Widely regarded as one of the nation's top
recruiters, Standbrook helped lure the likes of Paul Kariya,
Garth Snow and Dustin Penner to Orono. He was recognized
for his efforts when he was presented with the Terry Flanagan
Award, given to the nation's top assistant coach by the
American Hockey Coaches Association, in 2005.
Before arriving at Maine, Standbrook was an
assistant at Wisconsin for 12 seasons. From 1970-75, he
served as head coach at Dartmouth and led the Big Green
to an Ivy League championship in 1973.
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