Michigan State goaltender Dominic Vicari has
decided to forgo his senior season and seek a professional
Vicari entered his junior year as Michigan
State's top goaltender, but lost his starting job thanks
to the emergence of freshman Jeff Lerg.
"In this day and age, the reality is
that not all players stay in college all four years,"
head coach Rick Comley said in a statement. "We wish
Dominic good luck in his pursuit of a professional career."
Vicari appeared in 83 career games for Michigan
State in his three seasons, and posted a 2.37 goals-against
average and a .916 save percentage. He recorded 16 shutouts,
good for second on the school's all-time list behind Ryan
Miller (1999-2001). His career games played ranks eighth
in the Michigan State record book, while his GAA and save
percentage both rank fourth.
Extends Gotkin's Contract
Mercyhurst head coach Rick Gotkin's contract
has been extended four years, through the 2009-10 season,
the school announced Thursday.
Under Gotkin's leadership, Mercyhurst owns
a seven-year Division I record of 151-88-18, three NCAA
playoff appearances, three regular season conference titles,
four regular season runners-up, seven conference playoff
appearances, three conference playoff championships, and
one conference runner-up. He ranks ninth among Division
I coaches in all-time winning percentage (.623; 18 years)
and 11th in victories (338).
Joins RMU Staff
Robert Morris head coach Derek Schooley has
named former Colorado College assistant Matt Lindsay as
assistant coach. Lindsay replaces Marc Fakler, who accepted
a position with Western Michigan.
“We are very fortunate to have added
Matt to our staff,” said Schooley. “Matt has
worked under some high level coaches and he comes to us
from a nationally-ranked program at Colorado College. He
has an excellent background in coaching and a strong passion
Prior to his stint with CC, Lindsay was an
assistant coach at Hobart College and Utica College. He
is a 2001 graduate of Williams.
Steps Down as UVM Assistant
DiGiulian, the assistant coach at Vermont for the past 10
seasons under Mike Gilligan and Kevin Sneddon, has resigned
from his position, citing a desire to spend more time with
“The reason for my resignation is really
quite simple, I want to spend this next year of my life
with my young son Giovanni and my wife Kelly," DiGuilian
said in a statement. "I am committed to continuing
my career as a coach in the future but want to take this
time to enjoy it with my family."
“Although it was difficult news to hear,
I really want to take this opportunity to congratulate and
thank Damian for his passionate years of service to the
University of Vermont,” Sneddon said. “He has
been an integral part of our hockey program for 10 years,
and the work he has done will have a lasting impact on the
future of Vermont hockey.”
DiGuilian thanked Sneddon, his players and
others in the Burlington community in his statement, but
saved his most effusive thanks for Gilligan.
“[T]here is one person that I owe everything
I have in this great business to and that is Mike Gilligan,"
he said. "He has been a true mentor, friend and confidant
and he will always hold a special place in my heart. Mike
is a tremendous ambassador for our University. I thank him
for all that he has done for my family and I.”
Gilligan, who stepped down as the Catamount
coach after the 2002-03 season, was recently named an assistant
coach with the UVM women's hockey team. He also serves as
an assistant to the director of athletics and was an assistant
coach on the U.S. Women's Olympic Team in 2006.
Jackson Joins North Dakota Coaching Staff
North Dakota wing Dane Jackson, an 11-year professional
hockey veteran, will return to Grand Forks as an assistant
to Fighting Sioux head coach Dave Hakstol.
Jackson, a four-year letterwinner at North
Dakota from 1988-92, was head coach and player personnel
director for the Adirondack Frostbite of the United Hockey
League last season. Prior to that, the Castlegar, B.C.,
native was an assistant with the American Hockey League's
Manchester Monarchs, the top minor-league affiliate of the
Los Angeles Kings.
The 36-year-old Jackson, whose pro career
included stints with Vancouver, Buffalo and the New York
Islanders over parts of four seasons, replaces another ex-North
Dakota skater, Brad Berry. Berry last month left his post
as Fighting Sioux associate head coach to take a job as
an assistant coach with the AHL's Manitoba Moose.