David MacDonald David operates a firm known as Hockey Family Advisor, which helps young hockey players plan on how they can go about leveraging their hockey skills to move on to play hockey at higher levels. He has an Honours, Bachelor of Commerce, in Sports Administration degree from Laurentian University. David has been the President of various Canadian Junior “A” Hockey Clubs, and has sat on the Board of Governors of one of Canada’s Junior “A” Hockey Leagues. Over the years, David has helped hundreds of players move on from playing bantam and midget hockey, to prep schools, junior…. and eventually onto college and university, enabling them to earn an education while playing hockey. His clients include players from Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia.
In each of the past four seasons, the Bobcats have appeared in the NCAA Tournament, and twice in the Frozen Four (in 2012-13 and 2015-16). In 3 of the last 4 years, the Bobcats have won the ECAC Regular Season Championship, and in 2015-16 they won the ECAC Whitleaw Cup as Playoff Champions.
While at Union, he served as the Dutchmen’s primary recruiter, helping Union to their then-highest finish in their Division I history when all four of his previous recruiting classes played together in 2007–08.
Prior to Union, Bill was the recruiting coordinator and associate head coach for the Boston Junior Bruins of the Eastern Junior Hockey League. During his tenure with the Jr. Bruins from 1996 to 2003, 33 of his players signed Letters of Intent to Division I programs. Bill was a four-year letter winner at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell. In his time there, he helped the River Hawks to four Hockey East Tournament Semifinal appearances and two NCAA Tournament Quarterfinal appearances. Bill Riga was also a Hockey East All-Academic selection.
During his professional ice hockey career (1995-2001), Doug played with the Quebec Nordiques, Edmonton Oilers and San Jose Sharks. At Boston University, Doug played varsity ice hockey from 1990-94, was captain of the 1993-94 team, and made three NCAA Final Four appearances. He graduated as the player with the most wins in Boston University history.
Doug has also been a USA Hockey National Development Festival Coach and USA Hockey New England Development Festival Coach.
Hills, who joined RIT before its inaugural season of Division I play in 2005, is a vital reason for RIT’s success. In 2011, Hills received the prestigious Terry Flanagan Award at the 2011 American Hockey Coaches Association Banquet, honoring an outstanding assistant coach’s career body of work.
Hills has played a major role in recruiting and building a team that won the 2010 Atlantic Hockey and NCAA East Region Championships and advanced to the Frozen Four. In addition, Hills helped lead RIT to three straight AHA Championship game appearances, and four Atlantic Hockey Regular Season championships in six seasons.
Before his success at RIT, Hills was the head coach at SUNY Geneseo for four seasons. In his last season at Geneseo, he led the Knights to a record of 18-7-4, a SUNYAC Championship, the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division III Tournament, and a No. 7 ranking in the final Division III poll. Hills amassed a record of 53-42-14 while reviving the Geneseo hockey program. His record during his final two seasons at Geneseo was 32-14-9.
Prior to coaching at Geneseo, Hills worked for seven years at Division I Bowling Green. During that time he assisted with Team Canada’s national team selection committee in 1997 and 1998. He also coached the Chur (Switzerland) Junior Hockey Team in 1986-87. Hills is a graduate of Bowling Green State University, where he was a teammate of RIT Head Coach Wayne Wilson. Hills was a two-time All-American and two-time Hobey Baker Memorial Award finalist. He led the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) in scoring twice and was the CCHA Player of the Year in 1983. In addition, Hills was a two-time CCHA All-Academic team member, and was a second team CoSIDA/GTE Academic All-American as a senior. The Falcons won the CCHA title during his junior and senior seasons. Hills left Bowling Green as its all-time leading scorer and is currently second on the list. He scored 116 goals and added 154 assists for 270 points in 156 games. In 1982-83 he set a school single-season record that still stands with 94 points (37-57-94) in 40 games. Hills led the Falcons in scoring during his final three seasons. After graduating from Bowling Green with a degree in business administration, Hills spent 11 seasons playing professionally in Europe—eight years in Switzerland and three in Germany. He won three gold medals with Team Canada in Europe’s Spengler Cup before returning to his alma mater, where he spent seven seasons as an assistant coach from 1994-2001. “Brian is involved in all facets of our program, including on-ice, video, recruiting, and community service, and has been an invaluable asset to the RIT hockey program,” said RIT Head Coach Wayne Wilson. “He is a proven winner and will no doubt be an excellent Division I head coach.” Hills lives in Honeoye Falls with his wife, Andrea. They have two children, a daughter Alexandra (25), and son Trevor (22). Alexandra was a forward on the RIT women’s hockey team that won the 2012 NCAA Division III National Championship. She also earned her bachelor’s degree from the university. Trevor will begin his sophomore season on the hockey team at SUNY Geneseo in 2014-15 after playing the 2013-14 season at St. Lawrence University.
Coach John Rose is entering his eighth season on the bench at Dartmouth College since joining the men’s hockey staff. Previously, Prior to that, Rose had spent one year coaching at the junior hockey level with the Tri-City Storm of the USHL.
At Dartmouth, Rose works closely with Associate Head Coach David Lassonde on the team’s recruiting process. His evaluation and development with young players, especially defensemen, has translated to success at the collegiate level at Dartmouth as well as his previous two collegiate coaching stints, as an assistant at the University of Alaska and Mercyhurst College.
Originally from Potsdam, New York, Rose attended New England College of the ECAC East in Henniker, N.H., and graduated in 2003 with degrees in business administration and sport recreation management.
While at NEC, Rose was a four-year defenseman for the Pilgrims’ hockey program. During his sophomore campaign (2000-01), the Pilgrims won the ECAC East championship and participated in the NCAA Division III Tournament. As a senior, Rose played in the 2003 Division III East/West All-Star Game
Jerry Keefe enters his sixth season at Northeastern University, and third as associate head coach. Keefe served as the assistant coach for three seasons before being promoted to his current post in 2014. Keefe has established himself as a notable name in the New England college hockey ranks, making stops at Westfield State and UMass Boston before his two seasons at Brown from 2009 to 2011.
Coach Keefe has also gained valuable experience through many different capacities with USA Hockey. He oversees the Huskies’ power play unit and holds a significant role in Northeastern’s recruiting process.
In his second year at Northeastern, Keefe was instrumental in Northeastern’s first victory over Boston University in the Beanpot Tournament in 25 years. Keefe’s impression was also felt through the recruiting class he ushered in as Northeastern’s freshmen class led the way with 77 points (24-53-77) that year..
In his first season on NU’s bench, Keefe assisted the Huskies to their fifth-longest unbeaten streak in program history. He also helped lead Northeastern to three road victories against the No. 2 ranked team in the country during the 2011-12 season.
In his first season behind the bench with Brown in 2009-10, Keefe helped direct the Bears to an ECAC semifinals berth for the first time since the 2002-03 campaign.
One of Keefe’s most notable accomplishments was the resurrection of the Westfield State hockey program for the 2008-09 season after a 20-year dormant phase. Keefe was able to recruit 27 student-athletes and led the Owls to a second-place finish in the MASCAC. Keefe’s squad posted an 11-9-4 record and made the playoffs for the first time since 1980-81.Before breathing life into Westfield State’s program, Keefe served as an assistant for one season with UMass Boston in 2006-07.
Keefe’s roles with USA Hockey include the Yankee Conference Team New England District head evaluator (2006-08), an instructor for New England District Festivals (2006-07), a coach for the USA Hockey Select-17 Festival in St. Cloud, Minn. (2007-08), and a coach for the Massachusetts Satellite Program (2008-present).
As a student-athlete, Keefe was a four-year center with Providence College from 1996 to 2000 and finished with 98 points (30-68-98) in 102 career games. After leading the Friars with 52 points in 37 games, the highest single-season point total in 15 years, Keefe was honored as New England’s Most Improved Player. Upon graduation, Keefe’s professional hockey career started at the end of the 2000 season with the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks (AHL) and Trenton Titans (ECHL). Keefe’s pro career lasted five years, including a pair of seasons in Europe.
A native of Billerica, Massachusetts, Keefe was a three-time All-Scholastic player and a member of a state championship team at Matignon High School, earning Massachusetts Player of the Year honors in 1993. Prior to enrolling at Providence, Keefe also played for the U.S. National Under-17 Team that won a silver medal in Tokyo in 1994 and the U-16 team that went 4-0 in Switzerland.
In 1995, he was the team MVP and the leading scorer for the Omaha Lancers (USHL), leading the team in scoring for the second straight year as a captain in 1996. He was twice named a USHL All-Star and still ranks in the Lancers’ all-time top 10 in scoring. Coach Keefe graduated from Providence with a B.S. in business administration.
Ben Syer has completed five seasons with the Cornell men’s hockey team, including four seasons as the associate head coach. Syer joined the program in June 2011 as an assistant coach, taking over the lead role in recruiting as well as coaching the defense. He helped guide the Big Red to a 19-9-7 record and an appearance in the NCAA regional finals in his first season on East Hill, with the team ranking 11th in the country with a 2.26 goals-against average. After the season, he was promoted to Associate Head Coach. In the five years Syer has been with the Big Red, the team has finished in the top 20 nationally in team defense four times — as high as seventh in 2014-15.
Syer previously served as Associate Head Coach during his 12 seasons at Quinnipiac under head coach Rand Pecknold. During that run, the Bobcats posted a 242-168-46 record with one NCAA tournament appearance (2002) and nine 20-win seasons. Quinnipiac won the 2005 Atlantic Hockey regular season title and the 1999 MAAC regular season and 2002 MAAC tournament championship crowns during his tenure.
Quinnipiac reached the MAAC tournament semifinals in each of the first four years of Syer’s tenure, including three straight MAAC finals appearances. Included in that span were the 2002 MAAC tournament title and the first NCAA appearance in program history. The Bobcats also won the MAAC regular-season title in Syer’s first year at Quinnipiac.
A native of Kitchener, Ontario, Syer arrived at Quinnipiac after serving one season as an assistant coach at Ohio University. At Ohio, Syer assisted with practice and game preparation as well as recruiting.
A 1998 graduate of Western Ontario, Syer earned a bachelor’s degree in urban development. He also has prior coaching experience with the North Middlesex Stars, a junior development team based in Parkhill, Ontario. He earned his master’s degree in physical education with a concentration in athletic administation in 2000.
Mike Harder, Colgate’s all-time leading scorer and former All-American, is entering his forth season as an assistant coach at Colgate University.
“Mike brings a wealth of knowledge from his experiences as a professional hockey player and coach in both North America and Europe,” said Vaughan. “We saw that in action in his role as our volunteer assistant, and his impact on the success of our team in his first season as an assistant coach was very obvious.
“Mike’s communication skills, passion for the game and his desire to help our players improve make him a perfect fit for our Colgate hockey program.”.
A native of St. Adolphe, Manitoba, Harder remains Colgate’s all-time leading scorer with 214 points. He finished his career with 88 goals and 126 assists.
Harder’s best statistical season came in 1995 when he scored 58 points on 22 goals and 36 assists. He went on to earn 1997 All-American honors and was a Hobey Baker Finalist. Harder was elected to the Colgate Athletics Hall of Honor in 2008.
“Having been a very successful student-athlete at Colgate and the program’s all-time leading scorer have served him well in his new position,” Vaughan said. “He knows how to identify student-athletes that will succeed at Colgate – both on the ice and in the classroom.”
After earning his degree in international relations, Harder played 13 seasons professionally. Included were stops in the American Hockey League along with European League ventures in Germany, Austria, Finland, Sweden and Italy.
He helped Hartford claim the AHL’s Calder Cup in 2000, and then was a key figure in a 2004 championship in the Deutsch Eishockey Liga, or German Elite League. Before joining the Raiders, Harder got his coaching start with SC Cortina of the Italian A League. He also founded and directed IPH Hockey in Connecticut. IPH Hockey provides training lessons and quality instruction for youth hockey players.
Mark Taylor continues to add to his reputation as the most successful coach in Hobart hockey history. In 16 seasons, he has compiled a record of 250-142-38, while earning five NCAA Tournament bids and two trips to the national semifinals (2009, 2006).
A six-time finalist for the AHCA Division III Coach of the Year Award, he was named the ECAC West Coach of the Year in 2003, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2015 and again in 2016.
When Taylor was hired in July of 2000 to lead the Statesmen, he inherited a program that had suffered seven consecutive losing seasons. In 14 of his 15 seasons, Taylor has registered at least 10 wins, including a 21-5-2 record in 2015-16, a 21-7-0 record in 2014-15 and a 21-7-2 record in 2008-09, which set a Hobart hockey record for wins in a season. The 2015-16 team set the program mark for highest winning percentage (.786).
In 2015-16, Taylor led the Statesmen to another 21-win season, matching the progrma record for wins and earning the sixth NCAA tournament appearance in program history. Hobart posted a 12-3-0 conference record, garnering the ECAC West regular season and tournament titles for the second year in a row and fourth time in program history. Hobart downed Neumann 3-0 and Utica 5-0 to capture the tournament title. The 2015-16 Statesmen posted a program record for save percentage (.939).
In 2014-15, Taylor led the Statesmen to a 21-win season, matching the program record for wins and earning the fifth NCAA tournament appearance in program history. Hobart posted a 12-3-0 conference record to finish first in the ECAC West regular season standings and then topped Neumann 2-1 in overtime of the ECAC West tournament championship to capture its third ECAC West tournament title.
In 2013-14, Taylor guided the Staetsmen to a 14-9-4 overall record and advanced to the ECAC West tournament semifinals. It was Hobart’s 12th consecutive winning season.
In 2012-13, Taylor guided Hobart to a 19-5-2 overall record and a share of the ECAC West regular season title. It was the Statemen’s 11th consecutive winning season. Only two teams in the history of the Hobart hockey program earned more victories than the 2012-13 team.
In the 2011-12 season, Taylor guided the Statesmen to a 16-10-1 overall record and captured the ECAC West Championship for the second time in program history. Hobart finished the season ranked No. 9 in the D3hockey.com poll, No. 13 in the USCHO.com poll and No. 8 in the NCAA East Region Rankings.
A tremendous motivator and recruiter, Taylor has mentored 49 All-ECAC West selections, and 20 All-ECAC West Rookie Team selections. Four Statesmen have been named the ECAC West Player of the Year under Taylor’s leadership, 2003 selection Jonathan Swift, 2008 pick Shawn Houde, 2011 honoree Matthew Wallace, and 2016 selection Mac Olson, while all 14 of Hobart’s All-Americans have come during his tenure.
Taylor’s charges have also excelled in the classroom, boasting 143 ECAC West All-Academic Team honorees. Committed to enriching the lives of his student-athletes, Taylor supervises a team trip overseas to Europe every four years. In 2004-05, the Statesmen traveled to Germany and the Czech Republic, in 2008-09 the team visited Switzerland and France, and in 2012-13 the Statesmen traveled to Switzerland, Austria, Italy and Germany. Along with experiencing the countries culture’s first-hand, Hobart played exhibition games against local teams.
An active member of the hockey community, Taylor has coached in the USA Hockey Development program for several years, most recently the 2003 Select 14 Development Camp in Rochester, and mentored monthly clinics for Geneva Youth Hockey.
In the summer of 2005, Taylor was a featured coach at the A.P.O.C. Aboriginal Prospects Opportunity Camp, in Quebec. The mission of the summer camp is to expose Cree and Aboriginal players to Junior A and college coaches.
Prior to joining the Hobart family, Taylor served five seasons as the top assistant coach at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. With the River Hawks, he was involved in all aspects of coaching and was in charge of recruiting. A highly successful recruiter, he attracted five players to the program who were selected in the NHL draft, including the Montreal Canadiens 1999 first round pick (13th overall), Ron Hainsey.
Prior to joining the staff at UMass-Lowell, Taylor spent five seasons as the top assistant coach at Cornell University. Under the supervision of then Cornell head coach and current Buffalo Sabres Associate Coach Brian McCutcheon, he helped guide the Big Red to an NCAA Tournament appearance.
Taylor began his coaching career in 1987 with single season stints at Middlebury College, Brown University, and the University of Vermont.
A 1985 graduate of Elmira College, Taylor was the Soaring Eagles MVP and an All-ECAC selection as a senior. He transferred to Elmira after a pair of National Junior College Athletic Association Championships at SUNY Canton, earning All-American defenseman honors for the Northstars. Following his graduation from Elmira, Taylor played two seasons for Ange in the Swedish Ice Hockey Federation.
Gene Reilly is entering his third season as an assistant coach at Colorado College.Prior to joining the Tigers’ staff, he was a two-year professional scout (NHL / AHL) with the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes.
Reilly, who played at Elmira College and was captain of the 1985-86 team, has experience in nearly every level of professional hockey and over 28 years of coaching experience.
After playing two seasons in Sweden, Reilly launched his coaching career as an assistant with the Springfield Olympics. Working alongside legendary coach Gary Dineen, he tutored future NHL stars such as Bill Guerin and Scott LaChance.
Reilly served as co-head coach at Springfield from 1990-93, then head coach until the end of the 1998 campaign. Signature future NHL players he coached were Chris Clark, Ron Hainsey, Doug Janik and Dan LaCouture. His teams compiled a combined record of 131-15-8 and claimed the Eastern Junior Hockey League regular-season and tournament crowns during each of his final three seasons. He was named EJHL coach of the year in 1998.
Reilly began a three-year stint as an assistant coach at the University of Maine in 1998, helping the Black Bears capture the 1999 NCAA Division I National Championship under legendary head coach Sean Walsh. Also during Reilly’s tenure, Maine won a Hockey East Championship in 2000 and advanced to the NCAA Frozen Four. He served as interim head coach at the start of the 2000-2001 campaign when Walsh was undergoing medical treatments. The Black Bears advanced again to the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals that year.
In 2001, Reilly departed for the American Hockey League (AHL) were he spent two seasons in the Ottawa Senators’ organization with Grand Rapids and Binghamton, earning division titles in both years.
Reilly returned to the college game as an assistant coach at Harvard (2003-04) and helped guide the Crimson to an ECAC Championship and NCAA berth. The following year, he moved to the other side of the Charles River to spend four seasons at Northeastern University (2004-08).
Reilly’s hockey pedigree also includes international experience as a coach and director of player development with EC Red Bull Salzburg of the Austrian professional hockey league. During four seasons in Salzburg, Red Bull won back to back Austrian Professional (EBEL) Championships in 2010 and 2011, the European trophy in 2011, the Salute International Championship in 2009 and IIHF Continental Cup in 2010.
Reilly also represented USA Hockey at the Under 17 Five Nations Tournament in Czech Republic (2003) and Slovakia (2002) helping to guide both teams to gold medals.
Mark Phalon joined the Hobart coaching staff after working for two years as the video coach for the Toronto Maple Leafs’ organization. After the 2013-14 Toronto Marlies captured the AHL’s North Division regular-season championship and a berth in the Western Conference finals in the Calder Cup playoffs, he was promoted to the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs. There he handled pre-scouting and preparation of team video for individual and team teaching concepts, as well as in-game video. Phalon was used on ice for practices when needed and was a key coaching staff member for the Maple Leafs’ prospect camp.
“Mark Phalon was one of my favorite people to work with during my time in Toronto,” said current Buffalo Sabres defenseman Cody Franson. “When I step back and think about it, you could say that for not just my time in Toronto, but my whole career. He’s very knowledgeable to the game. Not only as an “X and O’s” guy but a guy who understands how to manage a group mid-game. Mark understands the importance of balance between being your coach and being somebody you can easily approach and develop a relationship with. This is not a quality that’s always easy to find in a coach and he manages it well.”
Phalon also served as the Northeastern University director of hockey operations from 2008-2013. While with the Huskies, he assisted with practice planning as well as recruiting and hired and managed a student staff for game day operations. During his time at Northeastern, the Huskies made the 2009 NCAA Mid-West Regional in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and went to the Hockey East final four in 2009 and 2011. Phalon also worked at St. Lawrence as the video coach for the men’s hockey team from 2003-08. In 2007, the Saints won the Cleary Cup as the ECAC regular season champions and earned a berth in the NCAA East Regional in Manchester, N.H. In addition, Phalon brings coaching experience from numerous individual, prospect and college camps and showcases.
Coach Hand works as the team’s recruiting coordinator, scouting potential student-athletes from various junior, high school, and prep school leagues. He also works with the goaltenders and defensemen and contributes to practice planning and in-game strategy.
Hand spent the previous two seasons at Manhattanville College, where he was in charge of recruiting for both the men’s and women’s ice hockey programs. He participated in designing and running all practices, and also served as the Athletic Department’s Community Relations Coordinator.
Prior to Manhattanville, Hand was an assistant coach at Penn State College, where he helped guide Penn State’s NCAA Division I hockey program as an assistant coach over the previous three years. With the team, he assisted with recruiting and academic advising, in addition to other responsibilities including on-ice coaching, video breakdown and game analysis. Hand also served as the main goalie coach during all three seasons and was head coach of the school’s ACHA club hockey team in 2011-12.
Hand has also been a part of a number of different camps, including working for Mitch Korn (Nashville Predators), Graeme Townsend (Toronto Maple Leafs) and Terry Ruskowski (Quad City).
Coach Hand spent two years coaching the Texas A&M club hockey team in College Station, Texas. With the Aggies, he helped lead the team to its first-ever regional ACHA tournament berth in school history.
Coach Hand has a Bachelor degree in Communications and Political Science from Concordia (2008) and a Master of Science from Manhattanville (2015).
Jeff brings a wealth of hockey coaching experience, as (in addition to his time at RNS), he has been a head on-ice instructor for the Danny Cleary Hockey School, the UNB Varsity Reds programs, Fundy Hockey Schools and the Future Stars Hockey School.
Jeff has also acted as the development coordinator for the Cumberland County Minor Hockey Association and has worked with both Hockey Nova Scotia and Hockey Canada with their Pursuit of Excellence programs.
Prior to RNS, Coach Jeff was a physical education teacher and Athletic Director at Pugwash District High School. He coached the Amherst Junior A Ramblers of the Maritime Hockey League for six seasons. Jeff received a Bachelor of Kinesiology (with a concentration in Coaching) as well as a Bachelor of Education from the University of New Brunswick.
Coach Johnson has been coaching for more than 10 years and is also an evaluator and coach for USA Hockey Mid-American district.Shady Side Academy is an independent preparatory school located in the Point Breeze neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.Coach Johnson has played NCAA collegiate hockey at Mercyhurst College as well as professional minor league hockey.
Prior to his stint at Shady Side, Johnson served nine years as a Special Education Teacher and Head Boys Varsity Coach at Rocky River High School in the Cleveland (Ohio) area.Coach Johnson has also served two years as an graduate Assistant Coach for Mercyhurst College, from were he also received his Bachelor of Arts in Education and his Masters of Science in Special Education. While playing NCAA Division I hockey at Mercyhurst College, he was named an All-American, team Captain and Leading Scorer. Before attending Mercyhurst, Coach Johnson attended Colorado College.
Mike Chiellino is entering his second season as the head coach of the Gilmour Academy boys prep hockey team. He brings with him a fresh approach to the game as it relates to his personal experience as both a player and a coach at the collegiate level, as well as within the private school and youth settings.His love of the game dates back to his days as a player before transitioning into the coaching ranks in 2009. He grew up in New York where he was one of the varsity boys ice hockey team’s top five leading scorers his junior and senior years at New Hartford High School. He went on to play two seasons at Mohawk Valley Community College where he ranked in the nation’s top 15 in points as a team captain in his second season. He then took his playing career to Siena College in Albany, NY. He helped lead the team to two ACHA Final Four appearances, including a third place finish his senior year. During his 141 college hockey games he recorded 116 points.
On the coaching side, Chiellino began his career at the Nichols School in Buffalo in 2009, serving as the head coach of the boys 7th and 8th grade prep team before moving up less than one year later to become the head coach of the senior boys division 2 prep team as well as a key piece to growing the boys hockey program. During the offseason, he served as an assistant director and coach with Complete Hockey NY, was a clinics instructor with David T. Smith Hockey and a team leader for the USA Hockey Select 16 and 17 National Player Development Camps. Additionally, Chiellino was a NYSAHA – USA Hockey Coaching Education program presenter and an assistant coach for the Women’s Team Western NY at the 2012 Empire State Games in Lake Placid, NY. Prior to arriving at Gilmour, Chiellino’s most recent coaching experience was as a two-year NCAA assistant coach with the men’s ice hockey program at Hamilton College (NESCAC) in Clinton, NY.
Chiellino has a bachelor’s degree in sociology with a minor in criminal justice from Siena College and a master’s degree in counselor education from Canisius College. He is a member of the American Hockey Coaches Association and USA Hockey. Not only is he the boys prep hockey head coach at Gilmour, but he is also serving as the youth hockey director and the ice arena summer camp director.
Coach McCourt played for three seasons with the Brockville Braves of the CCHL claiming numerous team and league awards including Best Defenseman garnering him a scholarship to St. Lawrence University in Canton New York. Coach McCourt was a four-year letter winner and captain of some very successful Saints teams including the 1991-92 ECAC Champions and NCAA Quarter Finalists. Coach McCourt was the recipient of the Peter McGeough Award as the Saints Top Defenseman as well as league honors as a member of the ECAC All-Rookie Team in his freshman year and League All-Star in his senior campaign.
Graduating in 1994 Coach McCourt embarked on an eight year playing career, which included stops with the Canadian National Team, the American Hockey League and the International Hockey League as he ventured overseas and played for the three seasons in Europe including Finland, Germany and Italy.
After a career ending shoulder injury, he was added to the Fresno Falcons coaching staff where he captured a WCHL championship. He then proceeded to Clarkson University (ECAC) as an associate coach for a year before taking over as Head Coach and General Manager of his hometown Brockville Braves. In three seasons with the Braves McCourt enjoyed a close to 60% winning percentage but more rewarding to him pushed close to 40 of his players on to the NCAA, CIS and OHL.
His success and ability to develop players led him to Robert Morris University (Atlantic Hockey) as an Associate Coach before joining the Niagara Ice Dogs of the Ontario Hockey League. In three seasons in Niagara two as an Associate and one as the Head Coach McCourt’s teams made the playoffs each season while producing a number of National Hockey League draft picks including first round picks Alex Pietrangelo (St. Louis Blues) Doug Hamilton (Boston Bruins) Ryan Strome (NY Islanders) and Mark Visentin (Phoenix Coyotes).
Casey Fratkin Casey Fratkin is the top assistant coach of the NCAA Saint Michael’s College men’s team. He arrived at Saint Michael’s after a four-year collegiate playing career split between Wesleyan and Elmira College. He earned his bachelor’s degree in history with a concentration in European history. Casey played his junior hockey in the AJHL and the BCHL. He began volunteering in 2006 as an on-ice instructor and mentor for the Hockey Education Reaching Out Society (HEROS), a Vancouver-based program dedicated to teaching basic hockey skills to economically-challenged youths.
Prior to Cornell, he spent a season as the Director of Hockey Operations at U-Mass Lowell, and prior to that as the Assistant Coach for the Hobart College Statemen Hockey Team.
A four-year member of St. Lawrence’s Division I hockey team, Flanagan also played hockey professionally with the Quad City Mallards of the CHL. At the time of his appointment, Head Coach Mark Taylor stated, “I’m extremely excited to have Sean Flanagan join my staff, His athletic resume speaks for its self, but what he can contribute to the players from his hockey journey is what I am excited about. He has experience being the top player on a team, but also having to deal with some major setbacks due to injury. Sean was a great forward, had great natural sense and vision as a player and our forwards will benefit from this. Most importantly, he is a quality person that I know guys will want to play for and parents will want to be a mentor to their sons.” At St. Lawrence, Flanagan played in 121 career games. He recorded 12 goals and 40 assists for 52 points. He was voted an assistant captain in his senior season, and earned a trip to the ECAC finals and the NCAA tournament in his career with the Saints. Flanagan was also the recipient of the Terry Slater Perseverance Award for his conduct dealing with some major injuries throughout his college career. The award is given to an individual who “faced with a significant personal challenge, performed with distinction and conducted himself with grace, thereby bringing credit to himself and the team.” Prior to St. Lawrence, Flanagan played three seasons with the Cornwall Colts of the Central Junior A Hockey League. He earned the team’s Most Improved and Outstanding Forward awards. The Canton native graduated from St. Lawrence with a bachelor’s degree in history and a minor in sports studies and exercise sciences, and earned his master’s degree in education in 2011.
Lou Gravel In addition to his full-time role as a high school teacher, Lou Gravel is the Director of Scouting and Recruiting for the Cowichan Valley Capitals of the BCHL. Lou grew up hanging around the arenas, surrounded by professional athletes and coaches, as his father was a coach within the American Hockey League (AHL). He truly learned this game and was able to develop tremendous and lasting relationships throughout the hockey world, as a result of his unique exposure to the game. In the early 1980’s, was a goaltender with the Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL. Lou has a wealth of hockey experience and loads of connections, having also scouted for the BCHL’s Nanaimo Clippers and Salmon Arm Silverbacks of teh BCHL. Lou also operated the Team Canada West program.
John MacDonald John is a player, who grew up playing minor hockey in Dartmouth (Nova Scotia) and played for the Dartmouth Subways, before attending prep school. He also had a short stint with the Lewiston Maineiacs of the QMJHL.
In grade 11, John made the decision to attend Gilmour Academy, near Cleveland Ohio, and later played Junior “A” hockey, and CIS hockey on an athletic scholarship for the St. Thomas Tommies. Today, John is coaching younger players under the mentorship of Shawn MacKenzie.
John looks forward to sharing his experience with the next group of younger players
Brad MacDonald is a Sports Administration student at Laurentian University, in Sudbury, Ontario. He grew up playing minor hockey in Dartmouth (Nova Scotia) and played for the Dartmouth Subways before being drafted by the Gatineau Olympiques of the QMJHL in 2009 as a 15 year old. He later played for the Victoriaville Tigres and the Halifax Mooseheads. He also played for the Junior “A” team in Metro, and the Woodstock Slammers,
Today, Bradley, is enjoying university and is playing CIS hockey for the Laurentian Voyageurs (4th year), as he pursues his Honours, Bachelor of Commerce (in Sports Administration) degree), as a CIS All-Canadian Scholar.
Brad looks forward to sharing his experiences with this year’s participants.
In addition to these individuals, the weekend will feature several guest coaches and speakers from visiting Prep School, NCAA Colleges and other hockey programs, which will be better determined as the weekend draws nearer.