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Coaches


CLAUDE MORIN

Athletic Director - Cegep Andre-Laurendeau
Apex Sports Camp Director - Clarkson Alumni 1995

 
Claude Morin was named Athletic Director at Andre-Laurendeau in March 2010. His objective is to bring recognition to its athletic department and to build the hockey program into one of the best in the country. In only nine years the men’s hockey team won three provincial championships in 2018, 2017 and 2013, they also reached the final in 2014 and 2015. The Boomerang also added a new women’s hockey program in 2014-2015. 

Morin retired from professional hockey in May 2009, after a 14 year career in Europe and North America, winning two Allan Cups (National champions) in 2002 & 2004, one Bolton Cup (Eastern Canadian champions) in 2002 with the St-Georges Garaga, a Futura Cup as NAHL playoff champions in his final season in 2009 with Pont-Rouge, he also won the Guy Lafleur trophy as the NAHL scoring leader in 2002-2003

A graduate of Clarkson University in communications, Morin enjoyed a successful college career as a forward scoring 208 points over his 4 years at Kent State and Clarkson. Morin was named team MVP in his freshman and junior season at Kent State and led the Golden Flashes in scoring in each of his three seasons from 1991 to 1994. His 59 points as a sophomore placed him 15th in the nation and 5th in CCHA scoring. He also earned honorable mention on the CCHA All-Academic Team as a sophomore and was named team captain as a junior.

In his last season at Clarkson, he helped the Golden Knights capture first place in the ECAC before losing to Lake Superior State in the NCAA tournament. Morin earned ECAC honorable mention and was the recipient of the Paul J. Pilon memorial award given to the senior who has excelled both as a student and a hockey player. He also took part in the 1995 Shrine East/West senior all-star classic.

Prior to college, he played junior hockey for the Notre-Dame Hounds in Saskatchewan.

A native of Sainte-Marie de Beauce, Qc, Morin lives in St-Jean sur Richelieu with his girlfriend Manon and has a daughter Yamila and two sons Eliott and Yohan.

ALFIE MICHAUD
Assistant Coach - Maine University - Hockey East

 

Michaud, who spent the 2016-17 season as a volunteer goaltending coach with the Black Bears, was promoted to a full-time assistant coaching role on May 26, 2017.

During his first season as a full-time assistant coach, Jeremy Swayman joined the Black Bears as an incoming freshman. Michaud guided Swayman throughout his 100 career games.
 
The Anchorage, Alaska native earned a closet full of accolades during his time with Michaud:
 

  • Six Hockey East weekly awards (Rookie, Defensive, and Player) and one Hockey East Rookie of the Month honor during the 2017-18 season
  • Hockey East Pro Ambitions All-Rookie Team
  • Four Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week awards during the 2018-19 season
  • Hockey East Third Team All-Star
  • Three Hockey East weekly awards (Defensive and Player) and one Goaltender of the Month honor during the 2019-20 season
  • 68th Walter Brown Award Winner
  • Hockey East First Team All-Star and Stop It Goaltending Goaltender of the Year
  • First Maine Goaltender to be named Hockey East Player of the Year
  • Named First Team All-American
  • Won the Seventh Mike Richter Award
  • One of the Three Finalists for the Hobey Baker Award

 
Swayman finished the 2017-18 regular season with the league's third-best save percentage at .921, a number that placed him fourth nationally among rookie netminders and 17th overall. Swayman went 15-12-3 in his first season in Orono, earning the most wins by a Maine freshman goaltender since Ben Bishop went 21-8-2 in his rookie season. He had 17 games that year in which he made 30-plus saves. In Maine's two-game set at Quinnipiac on Dec. 8 and 9, Swayman registered 50 saves in a 7-4 win on Friday and another 45 saves in a 5-3 win on Saturday for a weekend total of 95. It was the highest single-weekend save total for a Maine goaltender since Alfie Michaud made 93 saves (51, 42) in January 1998. He was the only player during the 2017-18 season to have earned at least one Rookie, Player and Defensive Player of the Week award.
 
The Anchorage, Alaska native completed his sophomore season with 35 games played, a .919 save percentage, a 2.77 GAA, and 14 wins. Swayman eclipsed the 30-save mark 19 times during the season. His season high of 53 saves came in the Alfond against #2 UMass and Cale Maker. The sophomore led the Black Bears to a 4-3 victory against the eventual national runners-up.
 
During the 2019-20 Hockey East regular season, Swayman led the league in saves (782), save percentage (.932), tied for the lead in shutouts (3), while his 12 wins in Hockey East tied for second. The junior's 782 saves in conference action was the 10th-most of any goaltender in league history and the highest single-season total since 2010-11. Overall, Swayman carried a record of 18-11-5, led the NCAA in saves with a Maine school-record 1,099 stops, and posted a .939 save percentage (second in the country). Swayman was just the fifth Black Bear to earn Top Goaltending league honors and the first since Jimmy Howard did so in 2004.
 
Swayman is now the back-up goaltender for the Boston Bruins. In his 10 starts for the Bruins, Swayman posted a 7-3 record, a 1.50 GAA, and a .945 save percentage. He also won eight games for the Providence Bruins and was named an Atlantic Division All-Star.

During his playing days with the Black Bears, Michaud helped guide the University of Maine to its second NCAA National Championship in 1999, earning the NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player accolade and an NCAA All-Tournament team recognition. In 1998 Michaud was named to the Hockey East All-Tournament team.

Following his graduation from the University of Maine in 1999, Michaud spent parts of 16 years in as a goaltender in the professional ranks, including stints with the National Hockey League's Vancouver Canucks and the American Hockey League's Syracuse Crunch and Manitoba Moose.

Aside from his playing career, Michaud has built an impressive coaching and mentoring resume. Since 2010, he has been the owner and coach of Dream Catcher's Hockey which offers private coaching and clinics. Michaud spent a year as the head coach of the U18 Portland Junior Pirates before being named goalie coach for the Portland Pirates in 2014. He spent a year with Portland's AHL club before opening RISE Sport Testing, a developmental testing agency for schools and various sports. Michaud is also a member of NHL Native Alumni Association.


TY EIGNER
Head Coach - Bowling Green University - WCHA

 
Ty Eigner was named the eighth Head Coach of the Bowling Green Falcon Hockey program on April 20, 2019. A 1993 graduate of BGSU who has spent the previous nine years as an assistant coach for the Falcons, Eigner has accumulated almost 25 years of coaching and administrative experience, playing three years at the professional level.
 
“I am incredibly humbled and very proud that President Rodney Rogers, Bob Moosbrugger and Jim Elsasser have the confidence in me to be the next head coach of the hockey program,” Eigner said. “I was fortunate to play for the winningest coach in college hockey history, Jerry York, and now I get the chance to lead this program. Bowling Green has an incredible hockey history. I am confident that with the continued hard work of our student-athletes and a coaching staff dedicated to teaching and development, we will take the next steps toward being a championship program.”
 
Eigner will be formally introduced in a press conference Tuesday at 1:30 pm, held on the second level of the Stroh Center. The press conference will be streamed live on BGSUFalcons.com.
 
“We are thrilled to announce Ty Eigner as the next head hockey coach at Bowling Green State University,” Moosbrugger said. “Ty has earned this opportunity to lead our hockey program. His passion for BGSU, the hockey program and the BG community is clear and abundant. His vision for taking the program forward is inspiring. We consistently heard about his recruiting, his work ethic, his teaching ability and the strong connections throughout hockey, Bowling Green and the BGSU community. We look forward to many years of continued excellence in the hockey program under Ty’s leadership.”
 
In Eigner’s nine-year tenure as an assistant coach, the Falcon Hockey program has risen back to national prominence, posting an overall record of 171-154-44. This includes winning seasons in each of the past six years and a current stretch of five straight 20+ win campaigns. The Falcons have finished in the top three of the WCHA regular season standings five times and have advanced to the WCHA Tournament Championship game twice in the past three years. In 2018-19, the program tallied the most wins since the 1995-96 season by going 25-11-6. This earned Bowling Green an appearance in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since Eigner was a player in 1990.
 
“BGSU hockey is an important asset to our community,” President Rodney Rogers said. “Coming off of our first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1990, it is important to continue the positive momentum. Ty Eigner has been instrumental in the rise of our program and has earned his appointment to Head Coach. We look forward to continued success on the ice, in the community and in the classroom.”
 
With his experience as a defenseman from his playing days, Eigner has helped guide nine freshmen classes, aiding heavily in the development of the defensive corps. BGSU has continued to rely heavily on Eigner’s strengths, as BGSU led the country in team defense in 2018-19 with a 1.78 goals against average. That 1.78 GAA is a stark contrast from the from the 3.77 goals against average in the year prior to his arrival. In his first year, the Falcons improved by almost a goal allowed per game, to 2.94. Since that time, the program has allowed less than 3.00 goals per game in all nine of his seasons, and has improved to fewer than 2.50 goals against average in each of the past five seasons.
 
Under Eigner’s tutelage, defensemen Mark Friedman, a third-round draft pick of the Philadelphia Flyers, and Nolan Valleau were both named to the WCHA All-Rookie Team in 2014-15. Friedman was the WCHA co-Rookie of the Year and went on to All-WCHA Second Team honors in 2016-17 prior to signing a professional contract. Alec Rauhauser also earned the accolade for his success in the 2016-17 campaign and then took another step forward in 2017-18, being named AHCA/CCM Hockey Men’s Division I Second Team All-American and the WCHA Defenseman of the Year. Friedman has since made his NHL debut with the Flyers, while former Falcon blueliner Sean Walker has debuted with the LA Kings. Walker played in 39 games with the Kings in 2018-19, scoring 10 points.
 
Prior to his return to the Orange and Brown, Eigner completed a two-year stint as an associate coach for the boy’s hockey program at Eden Prairie High School in Minnesota. While there, Eigner helped lead the Eagles to the Minnesota AA state championship, and was named State AA Assistant Coach of the Year in 2009. Thirty young men coached by Eigner went on to play collegiate or junior hockey.

Between 1996 and 2008, Eigner led two Minnesota high school hockey programs, receiving recognition as an outstanding head coach at both stops. Between 1996 and 1999, he headed the Rosemount High School (Rosemount, Minn.) hockey program, and was named the Section 5AA Coach of the Year for the 1997-98 season. In 1999, Eigner moved on to coach Brainerd High School (Brainerd, Minn.), where he was named the Section 7AA Coach of the Year for the 2005-06 season.

The Minnesota Hockey Coaches also honored Eigner with the Dave Peterson Award in his final season (2007-08) with the Warriors. From 1999 to 2008, Eigner served as a full-time instructor for Minnesota Hockey Camps, as well as the Hockey Director for the Brainerd Amateur Hockey Association. He also coached and evaluated within USA Hockey 15 & 17 National camps, a position held since 2005.

Eigner served as Bowling Green’s captain for the 1992-93 season, and was a member of the program’s last two NCAA tournament teams prior to the 2018-19 season. Eigner’s playing career at Bowling Green spanned 123 games, where he had a line of four goals, nine assists and 13 points. He played under Falcon coaching legend Jerry York, and as captain in 1992-1993, led the team to an 11-game turnaround, as well as a five-game improvement in CCHA play from the year before.

Eigner and his wife, Erika, reside in Bowling Green with their three children -- Peter, Ellie and Kate.

Josh Hauge
Head Coach - Union College - ECAC

Josh Hauge was named the 22nd head coach of the Union College men’s hockey program on April 15, 2022 and will begin his first season in Schenectady in 2022-23.
 
Hauge is the seventh head coach in the program’s Division I era, which began in 1991.

“We are incredibly excited to have Josh Hauge as the next head coach of our men’s hockey program at Union College,” McLaughlin said. “Josh stood out among an impressive pool of candidates given his experience at multiple levels of junior and collegiate hockey as well as his vision for the future of this program.” 

Hauge finished his seventh season on the bench at fellow ECAC Hockey member Clarkson University in 2021-22, including the last three years as the associate head coach alongside Casey Jones. In that time, Hauge played a large role in recruiting and player development for the Golden Knights, helping Clarkson post five 20-win seasons, capture the 2019 Whitelaw Cup as the ECAC Hockey Tournament champions, and appear in two NCAA Tournaments.
 
Before his time in the North Country, Hauge spent four seasons in the USHL, first as the head coach and general manager of the Tri-City Storm before assuming the roles of assistant coach and director of scouting for the Fargo Force. He also previously coached the Fairbanks Ice Dogs of the NAHL for five years as well, compiling a 131-58-45 record (.656) that included the 2011 Robertson Cup.
 
Hauge played collegiately at Division III Bethel University, appearing in 76 games over three seasons for the Royals.
 
A native of Rosemount, Minn., Hauge will be joined in the Capital Region by his wife, Allison, and two sons, Hanley and Landry.


DAVE NOËL-BERNIER
Assistant Coach - Omaha University - NCHC

 
Dave Noel-Bernier joined the Omaha hockey staff as an assistant coach in April of 2017.

Noel-Bernier was an original Maverick, playing forward in the first four years of the program.  The native of Montmagny, Quebec appeared in 138 games for UNO, scoring 24 goals and 26 assists for 50 points.  He was a two-time CCHA Scholar Athlete, graduating from UNO with a degree in exercise science in 2001.

Noel-Bernier spent the 2015-17 hockey seasons as an assistant coach for the Detroit Red Wings, working with players both on-ice and in video sessions.  He was responsible for skill development, scouting reports of opponents and both in-game and post-game breakdown of video.

After graduation, Noel-Bernier spent six seasons as a professional player in North America and Germany.  He returned to his alma mater in 2007 and served as the Director of Hockey Operations and Assistant Strength Coach for three seasons.  In 2010, he joined the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the USHL as an assistant coach and Assistant General Manager, working three seasons there as both an on-ice coach and in recruiting.

Noel-Bernier spent the 2013-14 season as the hockey director of the Grand Rapids (Mich.) Blades Association before returning to coaching as an assistant coach of the Grand Rapids Griffins of the AHL.  Among other duties there, he ran the team's power play and coached the forwards.

JOE HOWE
Assistant Coach - Yale University - ECAC - IVY LEAGUE

Joe Howe, a goalie at Colorado College who went on to win a national championship on the staff of the University of Denver, joined the Yale Men’s Hockey Team as an assistant in July of 2021.

Howe spent the previous three winters at Alaska-Fairbanks, where he worked with all three positions as well as the power play for the Nanooks.

Prior to UAF, he spent three seasons with Denver, serving as the team's volunteer assistant coach and goalie coach from August of 2015 through July 2017 before being promoted to the Director of Hockey Operations for the 2017-18 season.

Howe helped the Pioneers claim the 2017 NCAA Championship after winning the NCHC regular season title. Denver made it to the 2016 Frozen Four and won the 2018 NCHC Tournament.

While working as the goalie coach for DU, his netminders improved in goals against average, save percentage, games played and wins from the previous seasons. Howe coached Tanner Jaillet, who was the 2017 Mike Richter Award winner, the NCHC Goalie of the Year and a second-team All-American.

A goaltender from Plymouth, Minn., Howe played four seasons with Colorado College from 2009-2013. He appeared in 119 career games with the Tigers and is currently ranked third in career saves at CC. Howe was a three-time Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) All-Academic Team selection before graduating with a bachelor's degree in mathematical economics in May of 2013.

From 2013-2015, Howe played professionally in the Central Hockey League (CHL), the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) and the American Hockey League (AHL).


STEPHEN WIEDLER
Assistant Coach - Vermont University - Hockey East

Wiedler was named an Assistant Coach at the University of Vermont ahead of the 2020-21 campaign.

An Assistant Coach from 2015-2018 at AIC, Wiedler earned the title of Associate Head Coach in his final year (2019-2020). His responsibilities included being the recruiting coordinator, running the penalty kill, and developing the defense.
 
As the recruiting coordinator at AIC, Wiedler helped build the 2018-19 and 2019-20 AIC teams that won back-to-back Atlantic Hockey Conference (AHC) regular season championships. During his tenure at AIC recruiting highlights included AIC's first Division I All-American, the 2020 Derek Hines Unsung Hero Award Winner, the 2020 AHC Goaltending Champion, the 2019 Atlantic Hockey Tournament Most Outstanding Player, the 2019 AHC Scoring Champion, the 2018 AHC Rookie of the Year, 11 AHC All-Conference selections, AIC's all-time points leader, AIC's all-time defenseman scoring leader, AIC's wins and shutouts leader, and two AIC Valedictorians.

Under Wiedler's tutelage, the team's defense had great success, allowing a mere 52 goals in 28 AHC games during the 2019-20 campaign, the fewest in AIC's history and second-fewest in AHC history. Furthermore, AIC defenseman saw a 275% increase in goals scored, a 77% increase in assists, and a 95% increase in total points during that time. A key to the defensive success was the team's penalty kill, which under Wiedler's direction operated at a program-best 89% making it the fourth ranked penalty kill in the nation in 2019-2020.

Wiedler, a native of Farmingville, New York, spent two seasons as an assistant coach at DIII Curry College in Milton, MA prior to his time at AIC.  He had a two-year professional playing career with the Knoxville Ice Bears of the Southern Professional Hockey League and played collegiately at the University of Southern Maine, graduating in 2011 as team captain with a degree in history.

MARK PHALON
Associate Head Coach - Niagara University - Atlantic Hockey

Mark Phalon joined the Niagara University men's hockey staff as associate head coach prior to the 2020-21 season.

Phalon is moving back east following a two-year stint on the coaching staff at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Prior to working with the Seawolves, he spent three seasons at Hobart College in Geneva, New York. Phalon's resume also boasts work with the Toronto Maple Leafs, the AHL's Toronto Marlies, and St. Lawrence University.

​Phalon graduated with a bachelor's degree in business administration from SUNY-Potsdam in 2007 and a master's degree in educational leadership from St. Lawrence in 2008.


WILLIAM MESSA
Assistant Coach - Long Island University, Independent

Will Messa is entering his third season as an assistant coach with the Long Island University Men’s Ice Hockey team. Messa is involved in all aspects of the Long Island University program and is stationed leading the Sharks defensemen during games. He is responsible for LIU’s special teams units. In 2020-21, under his guidance the LIU power play and penalty kill both increased by more than 10% from its inaugural season, aiding the Sharks in solidifying historic program wins and key moments against nationally ranked competition. Messa serves as the sharks recruiting coordinator, playing an instrumental role assisting in recruiting LIU’s first recruiting classes, following the COVID-19 pandemic, along with the Sharks first co-captain, Hobey Baker nominee, and leading scorer in program history, Billy Jerry (2021-22).

The Sharks Hockey staff’s primary focus is on student-athlete development. Messa's daily focus is built on relationships; connecting with recruits and communicating with each player, driving the student-athlete develop experience and instilling Sharks Hockey standards on and off the ice. As a coach, Messa’s duties are centered on consistently building the sharks team identity and foundation for both defensemen and forwards as a unit.  

Messa is a passionate teacher who plays a significant role in building the growing brand of Sharks Hockey through practice preparation, tactical philosophies, and innovative recruiting strategies.

In making the announcement of Messa’s hiring, Riley said, “Will brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to our program. He has learned from and played for some of today’s best coaches, but at the same time is eager to carve his own path in the game. Our young men will benefit from his attention to details and innovative approach to teaching the game. Will is an excellent communicator and understands how to connect with, motivate and mentor today’s student-athlete. I am excited to watch Will develop our squad.”

Prior to LIU…

Messa came to Long Island from Union College, where he spent the 2019-20 season as a volunteer assistant coach for Rick Bennett’s coaching staff. With the Dutchmen, Messa was responsible for player skill development and assisting with the Dutchmen Penalty Kill. Messa also created innovative strategies to improve pre-scouting of opponents, individual skill development frameworks, and used advanced statistics through video software to improve efficiency in personnel and opponent match up data. On the recruiting side, Messa created new strategies to improve marketing efforts of program and university opportunities, building brand attraction among perspective student-athlete.  In the 2018-19 season, he served as an intern assistant coach at the University of Notre Dame. With the Fighting Irish, Messa aided Jeff Jackson’s coaching staff to earn a No. 1 national ranking, Big Ten tournament championship, and an NCAA Northeast Regional Final appearance.  Prior to Notre Dame, Messa spent two season at Northeastern University as a graduate assistant coach. While at Northeastern, Messa helped the 2017-18 Huskies to a 23-10-5 record, capturing their first Beanpot title in 30 years and an NCAA tournament appearance.  The Huskies winning standard set in 2017-2018 went on to produce 3 consecutive Beanpot titles in 2018, 2019, 2020, along with earning a third Hockey East Championship title in 2019. During his time with the Huskies, he aided in the development of many prominent players, most notably, forward Adam Gaudette, who in his junior year led the nation in scoring, earning him the Hobey Baker Award, along with earning CCM/AHCA First Team All-American, Hockey East Player of the Year, Walter Brown Award and Beanpot MVP honors.

As a student-athlete, Messa played three seasons (2013-16) with the Northeastern Huskies and was a vital member of all areas within the northeastern hockey culture during his years as an undergraduate. Messa suffered a season ending injury (2014-15), leading to the beginning of his passion to pursue his career as a coach. Messa and the 2016 Northeastern team began the historic season 1-11-2 before finishing the season from late November on with a 21-2-3 record.  Messa served as a key piece in the progress of the culture changing class, winning the 2016 Hockey East Championship, which marked the second tournament title in program history.

Messa graduated from Northeastern University in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in communication, minoring in business administration and earned a master’s in sports leadership from Northeastern University in 2018.


MIKE TOWNS
Assistant Coach - Clarkson University, ECAC

Head Coach Casey Jones announced on June 25, 2019 that Mike Towns had joined the Golden Knights staff as an assistant coach.

In his first season with the Knights, Clarkson skated to a 23-8-3 overall record and a second place 16-5-1 ECAC Hockey mark. The Knights were poised for postseason success and were rated ninth in the final NCAA Pairwise rankings before the COVID 19 pandemic forced an abrupt end to the college hockey season in early March.

Towns came to Clarkson after serving five years on the staff at American International College, including the 2018-19 campaign as the Yellow Jackets associate head coach. Since arriving at AIC in August 2014, Towns helped guide the Yellow Jackets to the most successful seasons in the program's history.

"I am very excited about Mike and Dianna joining the Clarkson Hockey family," stated Jones.  "Mike's body of work and reputation aligns him perfectly with how we want to conduct our business. Ultimately every successful program starts with the people you have and the relationships you build.  Our athletes will benefit greatly from Mike's addition to our staff."

Serving as AIC's recruiting coordinator since 2016-17, Towns was instrumental in recruiting efforts that helped rebuild the Yellow Jackets program. Towns helped recruit head coach Eric Lang's first recruiting class for the 2016-2017 season, which was regarded as one of the best in the conference. The 2017-2018 season saw more impressive recruiting efforts. The team set program records for wins in a season (15), and was able to host and win its first Atlantic Hockey Championship Tournament series. The Yellow Jackets continued improving and enjoyed unprecedented success in 2018-2019, reestablishing a record for victories (23), and winning both the Atlantic Hockey regular season and playoff championships. AIC excelled at the NCAA tournament as well, upsetting No. 1 St. Cloud State to advance to the West Regional Championship.

Towns was responsible for many facets of AIC's hockey program. His primary responsibilities included coaching the team's forwards, including bench management and skill development. He was also responsible for video and statistical breakdown and coaching the power play.

 "My wife, Dianna, and I couldn't be more excited to join the Clarkson University hockey program and Clarkson community," stated Towns. "I was very impressed with the campus and facilities when I came up here, but was even more impressed with the incredible people I got to meet with. It will be a pleasure working with Coach Jones and Coach (Josh) Hauge. I can't wait to get started."

As a player, Towns spent four seasons in the BCHL playing with the Penticton Vees before attending Adrian College. At Adrian, Towns was an alternate captain his first two seasons, and the team's captain in his junior and senior years. During his senior season, Towns captained the Bulldogs to the NCAA Division III Frozen Four, eventually losing in the National Championship Game. Towns graduated from Adrian with a Bachelor's of Business administration in Management, and completed his Masters of Business Administration at AIC in May 2016. Following his successful collegiate career, Towns embarked on a three-year professional career, making stops with the Denver Cutthroats of the CHL, the Idaho Steelheads and Ontario Reign in the ECHL.


JUNIOR LESSARD
Hobey Baker winner 2004 - University of Minnesota Duluth - NCHC

 
Junior Lessard from Saint-Joseph-de-Beauce, Quebec attended the University of Minnesota Duluth where he led the NCAA with 32 goals and 63 points during the 2003-04 season. He also led the WCHA in the same categories with 19 goals and 39 points in conference play.  Lessard is the fourth player from the University of Minnesota Duluth to win the Hobey Baker Award. 

The Hobey Baker Memorial Award annually honors the top player in Division I college hockey in the U.S. The first round of balloting, done by all 58 Division I college coaches and a fan ballot, determined the top ten finalists. The Hobey Hat Trick of three finalists was senior goalie Yann Danis of Brown University and sophomore forward Zach Parise of the University of North Dakota. Junior Lessard is the only player from the Province of Quebec and the ninth Canadian to win this prestigious award.  

Lessard was selected to the All-WCHA First Team andwas honored with the illustrious award of WCHA Player of the Year for 2003-04. Lessard helped the Bulldogs advance to the Frozen Four for the first time in 11years. He was rewarded for his efforts by being named to the NCAA Midwest Regional All-Tournament Team.

After graduation Junior Lessard played with the Dallas Stars, Atlanta Trashers, as well the New York Islanders organization.  He also skated in Europe for SM-Liiga team Ilves and the Augsburg Panthers of the DEL. 

His pro career took him to Idaho where he played with the Steel heads of the ECHL and back to Quebec with the Thetford Mines Isothermic of the NAHL where he won the CANAM Cup in 2013 before retiring. Lessard is now an english teacher, he also owns a hockey school and is an assistant coach with the Polyvalente Veilleux Juvenile D1 hockey team in his hometown.
 

NEIL SINCLAIR
Head Coach - Middleburry College, NESCAC

Sinclair took over the reins of the men’s hockey program in the spring of 2015. He came to Middlebury from Skidmore, where he served in the same role for 10 seasons. The former Panther All-American was Middlebury’s interim head coach in 2002–03, after serving three seasons as an assistant coach for the recently retired Bill Beaney. Sinclair is just the fourth men’s hockey coach at Middlebury since 1946.

Sinclair recently completed his 10th season behind the bench at Skidmore. In his second season with the Thoroughbreds, his team finished third in the ECAC East/NESCAC interlock and hosted a first-round postseason tournament game. Sinclair led the team to the ECAC semifinals three times and was named the league’s Coach of the Year in 2006–07. He was also a finalist for the Edward Jeremiah Award as the National Coach of the Year.

While at Skidmore, Sinclair obtained his Master of Arts degree in 2011. As part of his master’s work, Sinclair published a piece in The International Journal of Sports and Society titled “Building a Collegiate Athletic Leadership Model for NCAA Teams,” which he wrote with Tim Harper and Jeff Segrave in 2014.

As a player at Middlebury, the senior defenseman was a first-team All-American and ECAC selection in 1993. He began his coaching career at Middlebury Union High School, leading the team to the 1996 State Championship.
He returned to his alma mater as an assistant coach from 1999–2002, serving as the team’s interim head coach in 2002–03 while Beaney was on sabbatical. That season, Sinclair guided the team to a 22-5-2 record with a trip to the NCAA final four. The Panthers also finished first in the NESCAC and advanced to the league’s championship game. Following the season, he was again named a finalist for the Edward Jeremiah Award. 
The following season, Sinclair moved to Williams College, where he served as head coach of the women’s hockey program for two seasons prior to arriving at Skidmore.

Sinclair is an active member of USA Hockey and has worked the National Festival at the 14–16 level for the boys and the National 14 Festival for the girls. He has been a speaker at USA Hockey Programs of Merit and numerous coaching symposia for the New England and New York districts. He has also served on the NCAA Regional Advisory Committee.


ED HARDING
Head Coach - Southern Maine University, NEHC

The seventh head coach in the 40-year history of the University of Southern Maine men’s ice hockey program, Ed Harding, was named head coach in April 2015 after taking over as interim head coach at the midway point of the 2014-15 season.  Harding is a former USM player (1985-88) and assistant coach (1993-96).

Harding has an impressive coaching background.  His most recent stint was as head coach at North Yarmouth Academy (2010-11).  Prior to his time at NYA, Harding had a six-year run with the Lewiston Maineiacs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.  He began his association with the Maineiacs as an assistant coach for two seasons (2003-05) before moving into the dual role of assistant general manager/assistant coach for the next two seasons (2005-07).  Harding served as the Maineiacs head coach and general manager for two years (2007-09).

Harding began his coaching career in 1989 filling the head coaching position at Greely High School (Cumberland, Maine) for four seasons (1989-93).  He came back to USM as an assistant coach for three seasons. (1993-96).  In 1996, Harding became the first coach and general manager of the Flagstaff Mountaineers (WSJHL), guiding the Mountaineers to two league championships and a combined 66-10-3 record.  Harding also had coaching stints with the Portland Pirates (volunteer assistant, 1998-99), Arkansas Riverblades (assistant coach, 1999-2000) and the Tulsa Crude (head coach; 2001-02).

A three-time captain for the Huskies, Harding played two seasons (1985-87) for former coach Gordie Clark and one season under Jeff Beaney (1987-88).  During his three seasons wearing a Huskies jersey, Harding scored 37 goals and dished out 33 assists for 70 points.  He was inducted into the Husky Athletic Hall of Fame in 2014.  After his playing days at USM, Harding split one professional season between the Maine Mariners and the Johnstown Chiefs (1988-89).


SEAN HOGAN
Guess Speaker, Director of Athlete Relations, College Hockey Inc.

 
Sean Hogan joined College Hockey Inc. in October 2019 and serves as the organization’s Director of Athlete Relations. Hogan, a native of Waterford, Mich., leads College Hockey Inc.’s efforts to promote NCAA hockey to talented young players and their families.

“Sean’s passion for the college hockey experience is obvious the moment you meet him,” College Hockey Inc. Executive Director Mike Snee said. “He comes highly recommended from many people involved in college hockey including several current coaches. We were fortunate to have several strong candidates interested in joining College Hockey Inc. but Sean stood out and we are looking forward to his contributions.”

Hogan came to College Hockey Inc. with an extensive coaching background, having served as an American Collegiate Hockey Association head coach at Ohio University (2014-19), Arizona (2011-14) and Oakland (2005-09). He served on the coaching staff of USA Hockey’s Men’s National University Team three times, including as head coach in 2017, and was the volunteer assistant coach with Western Michigan in 2010-11.

Hogan played college hockey at Iona (1996-97) and graduated from Michigan State in 2001. He earned his master’s degree from Ohio in 2016.

“I am excited about the opportunity to work with Mike Snee, Nate Ewell and College Hockey Inc.,” Hogan said. “Their passion for college hockey is evident, and the work we will do with CHI is of vital importance to growing college hockey. I can’t wait to get started.”

Hogan is based out of the offices of USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program in Plymouth, Mich.

Hogan may be reached by email at shogan@collegehockeyinc.com or on Twitter @coach_hogan.
 

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