Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Hockey Haven now available

Jim Shelton, a colleague at the New Haven Register, and I have written a book. "Hockey Haven: How Yale and Quinnipiac made it to the top of the college game" chronicles the 2013 season. It gives the back story behind how each team built their program and assembled the rosters of the two best teams in college hockey this past season.

The book also has oodles of incredible photos from Register photographer Peter Casolino, who was with me in Pittsburgh to shoot the action.

It is available now in hard cover, soft cover and as an e-book here:

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Official Yale schedule for 2013-14 is complete

Complete with times. Two changes from previous schedule released on the blog last month: Ivy Shootout opponent the 25th is Brown. And the regular-season game with Brown at Ingalls is Jan. 26 (not Jan. 25). Yale will be releasing this schedule later this week.

2013-14 Yale Men’s Hockey Schedule
Date                      Opponent                                           Time
Oct.        19           ONTARIO TECH $                              7:00
                25           vs. Brown@                                        4:00
                26           vs. Dartmouth/Princeton @        4/7:00
Nov.      1             ST. LAWRENCE*                                                7:00
                 2             CLARKSON*                                       7:00
                 8             at Princeton*                                     7:00
                 9             at Quinnipiac*                                   7:00
                16           SACRED HEART                                  7:00
                22           at Colgate*                                         7:00
                23           at Cornell*                                          7:00
                30           MERRIMACK                                      7:00
Dec.       6             DARTMOUTH*                                  7:00
                 7             HARVARD*                                         7:00
                27           RUSSIAN RED STARS                       7:00
                29           HOLY CROSS                                       4:00
Jan.         4             at Vermont                                         7:00
                11           Harvard (Rivarly on Ice)^                  7:00
                17           at Clarkson*                                       7:00
                18           at St. Lawrence*                              7:00
                24           at Brown*                                           7:00
                26           BROWN*                                             7:00
                31           CORNELL*                                           7:00
Feb.        1             COLGATE*                                          7:00
                 7             at Rensselaer*                                  7:00
                 8             at Union*                                            7:00
                14           QUINNIPIAC*                                    7:00
                15           PRINCETON*                                     7:00
                21           at Harvard*                                        7:00
                22           at Dartmouth*                                  4:00
                28           UNION*                                               7:00
March    1             RENSSELEAR*                                    7:00
                 7-9         ECAC Playoffs – 1st Rd. (campus sites)
                14-16     ECAC Quarterfinals (campus sites)
                21-22     ECAC Championships %
                28-30     NCAA Regionals +
April       10-12     Frozen Four =

*ECAC Hockey Contests
$ Foreign Exhibition
@ Liberty Invitational -Prudential Center (Newark, NJ), includes Princeton, Brown, Dartmouth
# Exhibition
^ Rivalry on Ice - Madison Square Garden (New York, NY)
% ECAC Semis and Final – Herb Brook Arena, Olympic Center (Lake Placid, NY)
+ NCAA Regionals (East – Bridgeport, Conn.; Northeast – Worcester, Mass.; Midwest – Cincinnati, OH; West – St. Paul, Minn.)
= Frozen Four (Wells Fargo Center – Philadelphia, Pa.)

Friday, June 14, 2013

Joel Beal hired at Sacred Heart

Joel Beal, a former player at Union College and a volunteer assistant there since 2011, was hired by Sacred Heart coach C.J. Marottolo as a full-time assistant coach. He scored 101 career points as a forward at Union, graduating in 2005.

Marottolo also added Jared Waimon as a volunteer assistant coach to the Pioneers staff. Waimon specializes in goaltenders.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Yale's class of 2017 is set

Eight incoming freshmen make up Yale's class of 2017. It's a group filled with size, talent and, according to coach Keith Allain, character. There are two goalies, one defenseman and five forwards.

"I think we have all the elements," Allain said. "We have size, skill, speed, grit. They were pretty good players coming in, but it's about what they're going to do from a work standpoint to make sure they're getting better throughout the year."

Forwards John Hayden and Frank DiChiara are listed on the NHL Central Scouting Bureau's final rankings. Alex Lyon was named top senior goalie in Minnesota before two successful seasons in the USHL. Defenseman Dan O'Keefe won a BCHL championship. Forwards Chris Izmirlian and Mike Doherty were high-scoring teammates for Middlesex of the EJHL. Tim Bonner is the career scoring leader at Osseo High in Minnesota.

Here is the official list, with bios.

Yale Men’s Hockey Class of 2017

Tim Bonner
F, 5-9, 175
Plymouth, Minn.
Before Yale: Played two years in the USHL for Tri-City Storm and had 39 goals and 72 points in 105 games as a center… Assistant captain… Tri-City’s Grinder Award… USHL Forward of the Week… Four-year hockey letterman at Osseo High School… Captain in 2010-11… School’s career scoring leader with 93 goals and 170 points in 104 games at center… Three-time all-conference and team MVP… 2011 all-state pick… Two-time honorable mention all-state… Three varsity golf letters… National Honor Society… Scholastic Achievement Award… AP Biology Student of Year… Distinguished achievement award in hockey and golf… NWSC Student-Athlete Council… High honors and academic letters all four years.
Personal: Timothy Bonner (bah-ner) is the son of Kelly and Hugh Bonner… Worked at Map Players as a student coach for two summers… Had a hole-in-one as a 13-year-old at Eagle Lake Golf Course.

Frankie DiChiara
F, 6-2, 218
Ronkonkoma, N.Y.
Before Yale: Scored 34 goals with 38 assists in 75 games at Dubuque (USHL) in 2012-13… USHL Clark Cup Champions… Skated with St. Louis (NAHL) in 201-12 and had 21 goals and 25 helpers over 68 games… NAHL Top Prospect All-Star and all-rookie team…  Notched 64 goals and 58 assists over 42 games for Long Island Junior Royals in 2010-11… 2010-11 MJHL MVP and leading scorer… Owns MJHL record for points in a season… Played four seasons for Connetquot High School (88 goals, 46 assists) and won 2011 State Championship... National Honor Society… National Foreign Language Honor Society… Two congressional merit awards for academics.
Personal: Frank Anthony DiChiara is the son of Ernest and Lori DiChiara… Father was Connecticut State ADFPA Powerlifting Champion… Mom was a high school swimmer and gymnast… Worked as instructor at Attack Hockey Skating… Former teammate of Rob O’Gara ’16.

Mike Doherty
F, 5-11, 170
Reading, Mass.

Before Yale: Scored 31 goals and had 76 points in 47 games for Islanders Hockey Club (EJHL) in 2012-13… Second in league in scoring … Played five seasons of hockey and four of lacrosse at Groton School… Notched 81 goals and school-record 161 points in hockey… Three-time All-Independent School League (ISL)… ISL MVP junior year… Two-time team MVP… Led New England players in points per game as junior…  2010-11 Boston Globe All-Scholastic… Two-time ISL Eberhart Champions… Played with Yale classmate Chris Izmirialian on Islanders… Lacrosse team MVP and All-ISL pick senior year… Graduated cum laude… Honor roll every year… Fincke Medal for character and sportsmanship… Summa cum laude on national latin exam.

Personal: Michael Joseph Doherty is the son of JoAnn and Michael Doherty…  Served as head coach of the Central Catholic High School JV Lacrosse Team in spring of 2013… Sister, Jillian, class of 2017, is playing lacrosse at Vanderbilt.

John Hayden
F, 6-3, 210
Greenwich, Conn.
Before Yale: Attended Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor, Mich., while skating for U.S. National Team Development Program… Served as one of the USA captains… Scored 11 goals and 20 points in 24 USHL games during 2012-13… Hit net against University of Michigan… Won the 4 Nations Tournament with Team USA in Ann Arbor… MVP of 2013 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game… Game MVP at U17 World Challenge and at U18 World Championship… Team won silver medal at IIHF U-18 World Championships in Sochi, Russia… Collected 59 points over two years (freshman, sophomore) at Brunswick School… Scored 21 goals his sophomore season.
Personal:  John Hayden is the son of Diana and Mark Hayden… Interned for Pelican Breeze (apparel company)… Brother, Will, goes to Wake Forest University… Sister, Catherine, is in high school at Sacred Heart… Enjoys golf.

Chris Izmirlian
F, 5-10, 185
Highland Beach, Fla.
Before Yale:  Scored 23 goals with 61 points as a center for Middlesex Islanders of the EHF in 2012-13… Hit net 37 times with 63 points in 2011-12 for Mid Fairfield U-18 team… Captained Westminster (CT) School from 2011-12 and had 20 goals with 48 points… Westminster team MVP, scoring leader and Flood Marr All-Tournament Team… All-Founders League pick… 2011 Prep (large school) Champions…2010 Flood Marr Champions… 2011 U-18 National Runner-up… Graduated Summa Cum Laude… National Honor Society.
Personal: Christopher Izmirlian (iz-MERL-yen) is the son of Sonia and Charles Izmirlian… Born in Montreal but family moved to Florida before his first birthday… Family moved to Connecticut when he was 13 so he could attend prep school… Co-founder of “Spur The Fur,” a non-profit which raises funds and awareness for prostate cancer… Volunteer for the Connecticut Brian Tumor Alliance, which raises money for the Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale… Interested in Medicine

Alex Lyon
G, 6-1, 200
Baudette, Minn.
Before Yale: Two-time team MVP for Omaha Lancers of USHL… 2011-12 USHL All-Rookie Team… Recorded a 2.65 GAA in 50 games with a .916 save pct in 2012-13… Earned 12 letters between three sports at Lake of the Woods High School… 2011 Frank Brimsek Award (Senior Goalie of Year in Minnesota)… First-team all-state… Two-time all-conference in football… Two-time all-section in baseball… High school “A” Honor Roll junior and senior years.
Personal: Alexander Augustus Lyon (lion) is the son of Tim and Deb Lyon… Dad graduated from Yale in 1982… Enjoys golf, fishing and cooking… Worked at a resort doing grounds maintenance… Interested in math major and becoming an actuary… Up to age six, he lived on an island and went to school in a one-room building with his sister.

Dan O’Keefe
D, 6-3, 205
North Wall, N.J.
Before Yale: Played defense for 2012-13 BCHL Champion Surrey Eagles… League regular-season, Mainland Division and Coastal Conference Champions… Western Canada Cup Champions… Skated for regular-season champions Team Comcast in 2011-12 Tier 1 Elite League and had 21 points… Two-time All-Shore Conference at Wall High School… Conference defensive player of year as a sophomore… Team defensive MVP as sophomore… Team rookie of year as freshman… Earned 2010 Junior B Bronze medal at nationals with NJ Junior Titans… High honor roll six times… Honor roll 10 times.
Personal: Daniel Robert O’Keefe is the son of Kelli and Robert O’Keefe… Interested in political science… Sister, Kerri, is class of 2014 at Quinnipiac… Has a younger brother, Jack.

Patrick Spano
G, 6-1, 188
Cote Saint-Luc, Que.
Before Yale: Notched a 3.15 GAA with a .900 SP for BCHL Cowichan Valley Capitals… 3-Star Award… Skated for Chateauguay Patriots (QC – MAAA) and had a .900 SP with a 3.00 GAA… Played three years at Westminster (CT) School… 2010 Flood Marr All-Tournament Team… Six shutouts junior year… 2011 Westminster MVP and All-Prep Team… 2010 Flood Marr Champions… 2011 Earl Martin Tournament Champions… 2011 Squibb Bowl (outstanding sophomore) at Westminster
Personal: Pasquale Patrick Spano is the son of Mary Pedicelli and Frank Spano… Server at Royal Montreal Golf Club… Interested

Jason Guerriero expected to join Yale staff

Jason Guerriero has been targeted by Yale coach Keith Allain as the newest member of the Bulldogs' coaching staff, according to a source. He will replace Red Gendron, named head coach at Maine last month, pending background checks and salary negotiations.

Guerriero, 32, spent the past two seasons as an assistant at Holy Cross. He was an All-American center at Northeastern in 2005, and spent time with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers and Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League. He also played professionally in Europe before being hired by Paul Pearl at Holy Cross in the fall of 2011.

Monday, June 10, 2013

National Rookie of the Year Award renamed for Tim Taylor

The press release:

The Hockey Commissioners Association (HCA) will name its Division I men’s National Rookie of the Year Award the Tim Taylor Award, commencing with the 2013-2014 season, it was announced today by HCA President Steve Hagwell of ECAC Hockey. The HCA first bestowed the award following the 2006-2007 season, with the award annually chosen by a vote of men’s Division I assistant coaches.

“Coach Taylor spent a good deal of his career identifying and developing young hockey players, whether during his time at Yale or through his many years with USA Hockey,” said Hagwell. “I can’t think of a better pairing than the young men who earn this award and the memory of Tim Taylor.”

Taylor, who passed away on April 27 following a four-year battle with cancer, spent 28 seasons at Yale and became the school’s winningest head coach with 337 victories. His tenure spanned the years 1976-2006, with two seasons on leave to coach in the Olympic Games, one as an assistant coach (1984) and one as head coach (1994).

A former Harvard University captain in the Class of 1963, Taylor began his coaching career at his alma mater, assisting both Ralph “Cooney” Weiland and Bill Cleary before heading to New Haven. Hockey East commissioner Joe Bertagna, who was coached by Taylor at Harvard and later coached with him on two Team USA squads, echoed Hagwell’s observations.

“Tim was a teacher his entire adult life,” remarked Bertagna. “Many of us saw this at the college level and we also watched in admiration as he helped assemble the U.S. junior teams that won gold medals in recent years. His impact on hockey in the United States is incalculable, given the number of players and coaches he influenced.”

In addition to the two Olympic assignments, Taylor coached Team USA to a silver medal in the 1991 Canada Cup, taking over for Bob Johnson, who suffered a stroke just prior to the start of the tournament. Taylor also served as Director of Player Personnel for the U.S. Junior National Team, most recently during this past year when Team USA won the gold medal in Ufa, Russia, in January of 2013.

Past Winners of the Division I Men’s Rookie of the Year Award

2007 - Andreas Nodl, Forward, St. Cloud State University
2008 - Richard Bachman, Goaltender, Colorado College
2009 - Kieran Millan, Goaltender, Boston University
2010 - Stephane daCosta, Forward, Merrimack College
2011 - T.J. Tynan, Forward, University of Notre Dame
2012 - Joey LaLeggia, Defenseman, University of Denver
2013 - Jon Gillies, Goaltender, Providence College