Coach Taylor Joins UNH Staff
Tim Taylor, the legendary former Yale coach
who was relieved of his duties after last season, has joined
the New Hampshire coaching staff as a volunteer assistant
“We are very excited to have someone
with his background and experience involved with our hockey
program and at our University," head coach Dick Umile
said. "Tim is not only a well respected member of the
hockey community, he is a tremendous person and a good friend."
Taylor owned a 342-433-55 in 28 seasons as
Yale’s head coach and produced one ECACHL title, six
Ivy League champions, 18 ECAC playoff teams and a pair of
20-win seasons. Taylor, the 1997-98 Spencer Penrose Award
winner as the American Hockey Coaches Association University
Coach of the Year, is a three-time (1986-87, 1991-92, 1997-98)
ECAC Coach of the Year and a two-time (1991-92, 1997-98)
New England Coach of the Year.
Coach of Wolverines and U.S. Team Dies
University of Michigan and U.S. National Team
coach Vic Heyliger passed away at his home in Colorado Springs,
Colo. on Wednesday. Heyliger was 87 and is survived by his
four grown children.
As a player at Michigan, Heyliger was a three-time
All-American and graduated in 1937. He coached at the University
of Illinois before returning to his alma mater as head coach,
where he led Michigan to the first NCAA Division I Ice Hockey
Championship in 1948. He then guided the Wolverines to the
title five more times, in 1951, 1952, 1953, 1955 and 1956.
After retiring from the University of Michigan,
he returned to coaching by overseeing the startup hockey
program at the United States Air Force Academy. He officially
retired from coaching following the 1973-74 season.
Heyliger helped revolutionize college hockey
as the first coach to actively recruit players. He was also
instrumental in organizing the first NCAA Championship and
the formation of a conference that served as the forerunner
to today's Western Collegiate Hockey Association.
Heyliger was inducted into the United States
Hockey Hall of Fame in 1974 in recognition of his lifetime
achievement in the sport of hockey.
Goalie To Miss Three Games
senior goaltender Kellen Briggs was suspended for three
games due to an unspecified rules violation. Briggs will
sit out the Golden Gophers' game against Maine on Friday
and the Oct. 13-14 series against Wayne State. Sophomore
Jeff Frazee will likely start in net for the Gophers.
Hagemo Hangs 'em Up
defenseman Nate Hagemo has decided to cut short his hockey
career due to ongoing issues surrounding a shoulder injury
he suffered during the 2004-05 season. Hagemo played in
three games last season before deciding to take a medical
redshirt year. Hagemo will stay on scholarship at the University
“I’m definitely disappointed to
hang up the skates, but I felt this was the right decision,
both for myself and for Gopher hockey,” Hagemo said.
“We did everything we could to get back to 100 percent,
but my shoulder just wasn’t getting any better. I
can’t thank the entire team and staff enough for the
support they have given me the last two years.”
“Although his hockey career is over,
the most important thing for Nate is his health,”
head coach Don Lucia said. “I know this was a tough
decision for him to make. We will continue to support him
as he finishes school and gets his degree from the University
A 5-11, 180-pound blueliner, Hagemo played
in 30 games during his freshman season, compiling totals
of 2-8—10. Hagemo represented the U.S. at the 2005
IIHF World Junior Championship in Grand Forks, N.D. He was
drafted 58th overall in the second round by the Carolina
Hurricanes in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Prior to joining
the Golden Gophers, Hagemo played two seasons in the U.S.
National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Mich. He
played one season of prep hockey at the Academy of Holy
Angels in Richfield, Minn., helping the Stars to the 2002
Minnesota State High School Championship.
Hagemo’s decision leaves the Golden
Gophers with seven defensemen in senior captain Mike Vannelli,
juniors Alex Goligoski and Derek Peltier, sophomore R.J.
Anderson and freshmen David Fischer, Erik Johnson and Brian
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