The Dates of the 2018 College Hockey Atlantic Combine Event Have Been Announced
The 2016-17 season is John Rose’s eighth on the bench for Dartmouth since joining the men’s hockey staff for the 2009-10 campaign. Previously, 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.
That Division I collegiate hockey experience came while working as an assistant at the University of Alaska and Mercyhurst College.In his most recent stint with a college team before the Big Green, Rose made the move to the CCHA in 2007-08 and was instrumental in recruiting 12 players that helped Alaska improve to a fourth-place finish in 2008-09.Prior to Alaska, Rose spent three years at Mercyhurst, where he served as a volunteer assistant for two seasons before being promoted to assistant coach for the 2006-07 season.During his time in Erie, Rose helped lead the Lakers to an Atlantic Hockey League Championship and a trip to the 2005 NCAA Tournament. With Mercyhurst, Rose was responsible for recruiting, strength and conditioning, video breakdown and analysis, scouting opponents and practice coordination.
Rose coached for a year at Wentworth Institute of Technology (Boston), a Division III program of the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Northeast, the year before his stint at Mercyhurst. The Leopards went 16-9-4 during the 2003-04 season, qualifying for the NCAA Tournament.
Rose spent the 2008-09 season in the USHL as an assistant coach for the Tri-City Storm and spent five consecutive summers coaching at the Minnesota Hockey Camps run by Pittsburgh Penguins scout Chuck Grillo. Rose also coaches each summer at the USA Hockey National Select Festivals.
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.
Ben Guite Joins Our Staff for the 2017 College Hockey Atlantic Combine
December 17, 2016
We are pleased to announce that Ben Guite has joined our 2017 Combine Coaching Staff.
Coach Guite, who helped lead Maine to the 1999 NCAA National Championship, is in his fourth season as a coach of the Black Bears. Following his graduation from the University of Maine, Ben spent 13 years in professional hockey.
“As a player at Maine, he was an extraordinary leader and national champion, combined with excellence in both the community and his academic endeavors. He had an exceptional professional career and then he returned to the program that he loves as deeply as any Maine hockey player who’s ever played here”, says Red Genron. Head Coach for the Black Bears/
“I am thrilled and very excited to be coaching where it all started for me at the University of Maine,” said Guite. “I’m very passionate about Maine hockey and feel honored to represent and give back to the University as a coach.
“I was very fortunate for my experience as a student and a player at U-Maine. I want to provide the same opportunity to our players, and hopefully deliver a championship to our fans”
While at Maine, Guite helped lead the Black Bears to their second national championship in 1999 before being named an assistant captain and guiding the Black Bears back to the Frozen Four in 2000. Guite totaled 47 goals, including nine game-winners, and added 49 assists for 96 points in 146 games at Maine.
A Montreal, Quebec native, Guite scored the first goal in Maine’s national championship victory over New Hampshire and added an assist in the Frozen Four semifinal win over Boston College. During his senior year in 1999-00, Guite totaled a team-high 22 goals with 14 assists for 36 points in 40 games. As a junior, the former Black Bear forward had 12 goals and 16 assists in 40 games after totaling six goals and 12 assists in 32 games as a sophomore. During his rookie season, Guite ranked second among Maine first-year players with 14 points on seven goals and seven assists in 34 games.
After his time at Maine, Guite spent 13 years in the professional hockey ranks. where he totaled 175 games in the National Hockey League (NHL), 585 games in the American Hockey League (AHL) and 68 contests with the ECHL (East Coast Hockey League). Guite spent four years in the NHL where he competed for the Boston Bruins (2005-06), Colorado Avalanche (2006-07, 2008-09) and Nashville Predators (2009-10). Guite totaled 19 goals, including one playoff goal, and 26 assists while with the NHL. Guite tallied 103 goals and 176 assists with the AHL after notching 11 goals and 18 assists for 29 points in the ECHL.
Guite also has significant experience with the Players’ Association as he spent the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons as a PHPA Executive Committee member after serving the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons as an NHLPA player representative. Guite also served as a PHPA player representative in 2005-06 and 2009-10.
The former Black Bear assistant captain participated in the 2012 NHL Draft Coaching Clinic. Guite has also dedicated countless hours to hockey school coaching around throughout North America, including the University of Maine Hockey School in Orono, Bill Armstrong Hockey in Providence, R.I., Can/Am Hockey in Lake Placid, N.Y., Huron Hockey in Orange, N.J. and Outside Edge Hockey in Denver, Colo.
Guite earned his Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Maine in 2000 before achieving his Masters in Business Administration from Maine in 2009.
We are extremely pleased to have Ben at this year’s upcoming College Hockey Atlantic Combine, to be held in Halifax from June 22nd – 25th. During this weekend, he will be on the ice for practices, behind the bench for games, and taking part in presentations and Q&A sessions for players and families.
Coach Leigh Mendelson of the University of Nebraska – Omaha, to join our Combine Staff for 2017
December 16, 2016
We are pleased to announce that Leigh Mendelson willl be in Halifax to help with this year’s College Hockey Atlantic Combine Event,
Leigh Mendelson was named assistant coach for the Mavericks in April of 2016/
In two years working with UNO’s goaltenders, Mendelson helped Ryan Massa set a school record for goals-against average and save percentage in a season as well as earn All-NCHC Second Team recognition in 2014-15.
Last season, freshman Evan Weninger was named to the NCHC All-Rookie Team after leading UNO in wins, goals-against average and save percentage.
Mendelson brings extensive amateur and professional coaching experience to bear for the Mavericks. As an assistant coach with the Omaha Lancers of the USHL, he was a member of Clark Cup Championship teams in 2001 and 2008 while working for former UNO associate head coach and current Minnesota State head coach Mike Hastings.
He has held similar positions in the USHL for Green Bay, Sioux City and Waterloo, in the North American Hockey League with Marquette and in the Western Hockey League with Spokane. He also was the goaltender coach for the U.S. National Team Development Program during the 2002-03 season.
His professional hockey experience is equally vast. Most recently, he was the head coach and senior director of hockey for HC Eppan in Italy for the 2013-14 season, one of two European stops. He also was an assistant coach for Pelicans Lahti in the Finnish Elite League during the 2003-04 season. In North America, he was an assistant coach and later elevated to the role of head coach for the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League and also held the position of assistant coach with Atlantic City and Utah in the ECHL.
Mendelson, a native of Philadelphia, Pa., graduated from UNO with a degree in history in 2015.
Coach Mike McCourt of Ridley College Prep School of St. Catharine’s (Ontario) to join our 2017 Combine Staff
December 15th, 2016
Born and raised in Brockville, Ontario, Mike McCourt has enjoyed an extremely successful playing career followed by a long and distinguished coaching career that has covered the spectrum including minor professional, Tier 2, the NCAA and the Ontario Hockey League.
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.
He 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.
Following 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 (Pheonix Coyotes).
Coach Kyle Wallack, of the University of Vermont, to join Our Combine Staff for 2017
December 7, 2016
We are pleased to announce that Associate Head Coach Kyle Wallack of the University of Vermont Division 1 Men’s Hockey Program will be at this year’s College Hockey Atlantic Combine, being held in Halifax from June 22nd to 25th 2017.
Coach Wallack will be on the ice during practices, and behind the bench during games. He will be taking part in presentations, and will be available to answer the questions of players and parents during this year’s event.
Kyle Wallack is in his fifth season on the University of Vermont men’s hockey coaching staff in 2016-17. He was promoted to the position of associate head coach in the summer of 2015.
Two years ago, Wallack helped the Catamounts secure back-to-back 20-win seasons for just the third time during the program’s Division I era. Wallack coached the power play to a 20.1-percent success rate to rank 13th in the country. It marked the first Vermont power play unit to eclipse 20-percent in a single season since 2005-06. UVM’s man advantage clicked at better than 22-percent in Hockey East play to rank second in the league.
In 2013-14, Wallack’s recruit Mario Puskarich became the first Vermont freshman to win the Hockey East Rookie of the Year Award. Puskarich was also one of three unanimous selections to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team after tying the NCAA lead with seven game-winning goals. Vermont ranked sixth during Hockey East play in power play percentage, as Wallack helped UVM to a 20-win campaign and a berth in its sixth NCAA Tournament in school history.
In 2011-12, Wallack was the head coach of the Indiana Ice in the USHL, leading the team to a 35-16-9 record in the regular season. Prior to his time with Indiana, he spent five years as an assistant coach at Yale and recruited the nation’s top scoring offense during his final two years in 2009-10 and 2010-11. The Bulldogs won two ECAC titles in the final three seasons of his tenure, and he recruited several members of Yale’s 2013 NCAA national championship squad.
Wallack previously served as an assistant at Holy Cross for two seasons and helped the Crusaders register a historic overtime upset of Minnesota at the 2006 NCAA West Regional as part of a 27-win campaign. The West Hartford, Connecticut native also spent three years at Quinnipiac, winning the 2002 MAAC Championship, followed by two seasons at Connecticut before accepting the job at Holy Cross.
Coach Rob Rassey, of Harvard University, To Join Our Combine Staff for 2017
December 6, 2017
We are pleased to announce that Rob Rassey has confirmed that he will be at this year’s College Hockey Atlantic Combine.
The Event is being held in Halifax (Nova Scotia) from June 22nd – 25th, 2017.
In addition to working with players on the ice, and behind the bench, Rob will also be involved in delivering presentations and be able to answer questions that players and families may have, regarding College Hockey.
Rob Rassey joined the Harvard men’s hockey coaching staff in the fall of 2013 and is in his fourth season with the Crimson in 2016-17.
In his first season with Harvard, Rassey helped forwards Jimmy Vesey and Sean Malone earn All-Ivy League accolades, while Malone was tabbed Ivy League Co-Rookie of the Year.
In continuing to develop the forwards, Vesey made national waves in Rassey’s second year, leading the country in goals and finishing as the Ivy and ECAC Player of the Year, as well as a Hobey Hat Trick finalist. The culmination of Vesey’s development occured in 2016 when he earned the Hobey Baker Award as college hockey’s top player.
Harvard’s offense ranked ninth in the country in 2015-16 with a 2.41 goals per game average. The Crimson’s high-powered offense led to it reaching the ECAC Hockey Tournament championship game for the second-straight season, while also earning an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. Harvard posted a 19-11-14 record and won the Shillelagh (Notre Dame) and Mariucci (Minnesota) regular season tournaments.
Rassey comes to Cambridge after a successful two-year stint as an assistant coach with the Youngstown Phantoms of the United States Hockey League (USHL).
College Hockey Atlantic Combine ’17 Event Plans Announced
November 30th, 2016
Plans have now been finalized for the hosting of the 2017 College Hockey Atlantic Combine.
The Event will be held at the BMO Centre (in Halifax) again this upcoming year, from June 22nd – 25th, and it will be open to players born between 1998 and 2003. Players will be divided into two divisions.
The Combine Event will offer the opportunity for players and families to learn more about the various opportunities that are available for advancing their athletic and academic experiences.
There will be a number of NCAA College and CIS University Coaches, Junior Programs (from both Canada and US) and Canadian and American Prep Schools in attendance during the four day event.
The weekend Event will offer dry-land fitness testing, on-ice practices with College and Prep Coaches, Games, Educational Seminars and Question and Answer Sessions.
This year, the price will be $575 Cdn (plus HST), and a Early Bird Price of $500 is available to players who are registered and paid by December 31, 2016.
Space is limited.
College Hockey Atlantic Combine Proves To Be A Very Good Event For Identifying The Road To College For Several Players
Summer of 2016
The College Hockey Atlantic Combine Event, held this past June in Halifax, was very helpful for identifying those players who are interested in possibly playing hockey at the next level, says Sean Flannigan, an Assistant Coach of Cornell University, an Ivy League School from New York State.
“This is now my second year at the Event, and it is extremely informative for players and parents who are interested in considering this option”, says Flannigan.
This year’s event attracted a number of hockey players in two divisions, from across North America and from Europe. It provided a great weekend of competition for male hockey players between the ages of 13 and 14 (bantam), and also from 15 to 18 years of age (midget-junior).
In attendance were a number of universities and colleges from across Canada and the United States, several junior programs, as well as Prep School and midget programs.
“We know of eleven (11) different NCAA Division 1 College offers that were made at this year’s event, as well as a number of Division 3 and Junior offers. Of the Prep Schools, in attendance, we know of at least a dozen players who will be attending those schools over the next two years as a result of the June Event”, says David MacDonald, Committee Chair.
John Rose, Assistant Coach of Dartmouth’s Division 1 Program, could not believe the talent that he observed while in Halifax, and has already written and said, “Count me in for your Showcase next summer”.
Quinnipiac’s Associate Head Coach, Bill Riga, was in attendance again for this summer’s event, and he identified at least one other of Atlantic Canada’s premier bantam players, who he hopes will soon commit to attend Quinnipiac University in the future, on an athletic scholarship.
Several bantam-aged and midget aged players were able to have candid discussions with Canadian and US based Prep Schools. Mike Chiellino, the Head Coach of Gilmour Academy of Cleveland (Ohio), states “This is a very worthwhile trip for us as we identify players who wish to leverage their hockey skills and receive a fabulous education, as they move closer towards playing College Hockey. I think this is a terrific Event for meeting players and families, and to provide exposure for our programs in a favourable environment.”
The 4 day event included the opportunity for fitness testing, on-ice practices, games, and a number of Educational Seminars as well as Question and Answer Sessions.
Viktor Hatina, a 2001 born player from the Czech Republic, wrote to say, “Many thanks for chance to play with players from Canada and USA. It was good experience for me to measure where I am in relation to players from other parts of the World.” Viktor is now entertaining several offers from various Prep Schools from North America, as he readies for the World U-16 Championships and to come back next year to again show his skills to various junior, university and college coaches who he has spoken to at this year’s event, and who identified him as a player to watch in the future.
Plans are already underway for the College Hockey Atlantic Combine for June 2017, at the BMO Centre in Halifax, and more information will be available later in the Fall-Winter.
College Hockey Inc. Endorses The Atlantic Combine Event
January 20th, 2016
College Hockey Inc., along with the Commissioners of the six NCAA Division I men’s hockey conferences, and the coaching staff and administrators of the 60 Division I programs, promotes College Hockey through grassroots initiatives, such as our Atlantic Combine, and it’s College Hockey Summits.
The organization is funded through a grant from the National Hockey League.
College Hockey is the fastest growing development path to the NHL, and is seen as the best hockey experience in the world, thanks to an elite on-ice product, outstanding educational opportunities and the unique campus environment.
Given that the average NHL career lasts for less than five years, regardless of how good an athlete is, and the fact that he will face retirement at some point, a college education is seen as the best opportunity to give a player a “leg up” when it comes to the next stages of life.
In addition to it’s endorsement, College Hockey Inc. will have a presentation to be made at this summer’s Atlantic Combine, followed by a Q&A session.
To date, over 80 midget, prep school, junior, college and university programs have indicated that they will be in attendance at this year’s event, in Halifax.
College Atlantic Hockey Combine Event
Update – January 13th, 2016
So far, we have received confirmation from over 30 prep schools and 25 colleges and universities that they will attend to identify future student-athletes for their programs. In addition, we have over 50 local and international junior and midget programs who have said they will attend. We have also heard from 4 NHL scouts.
Recognizing that the identification and recruitment of hockey players is a long process, and not just a “chance glance” during an event, we have taken the liberty of sending information about our registrants out to various programs.
Because the organizers of the Combine are committed to ensuring that our participants have the very best chance of being recognized and offered opportunities to move on to the next level(s), we told those coaches and GMs that we would be pleased to provide any additional information they required.
Last year, over $1million of financial aid and athletic scholarships were awarded directly to participants of the Combine, and this year we have set a goal of over $2 million.With the high quality of players who have been applying, we think it is achievable.
To help achieve that goal, we are ensuring that as much information as possible is in the hands of our scouts and recruiters before they arrive in late June.
One of the events that we promoted this past weekend was the annual Ice Jam Event that was held at the BMO Centre (the same arena that we will be using this summer).
Many of those games were broadcast over the Internet and we sent information out to prep school, junior and college programs about those players who had signed up prior to last Wednesday. Our Watch List included about 40 players who played in that event.
We also included information regarding games broadcast from New York, Ontario, New England, Florida, Alberta, and British Columbia.
We are pleased to say that our staff received many enquiries for additional information regarding players from the Watch List, which we then passed along, including future schedules, coach information and parent contact information.
This is the level of commitment that our committee has regarding those players who sign up for the College Hockey Atlantic Combine. We see this, not as a one time event, but as a commitment to help as best we can, whenever we can…..
Looking forward to seeing you in soon,
The Combine Committee
College Atlantic Hockey Combine Event
Posted September 2015
This past June, we had players arrive from throughout North America and Europe to participate in an educational, fun-filled, action-packed weekend at the Dartmouth Sportsplex, to learn from some of North America’s top College and Prep School Hockey Coaches, and to compete in front of them, in an attempt to catch they eye of various coaches.
As part of the weekend’s itinerary, players and parents were also provided the opportunity to participate and interact with future, present and former college and professional hockey players, coaches and administrators, as well as college, junior and NHL recruiters and scouts.
During the weekend, and shortly thereafter, we were made aware of over 30 different offers that have been made to participants, including several college commitments for as far out as 1018-19. From that perspective, the 2015 Atlantic Combine event was surely a tremendous success.
The monetary value of the athletic and academic scholarships, as well as the financial aid, that resulted directly from the Event has exceeded $1 million.
“As we wrap up the final details of the 2015 event, we wanted to let you know that we look forward to seeing you in Halifax-Dartmouth for the 2016 College Hockey Atlantic Combine Event“, says Committee Chair David MacDonald.
Thanks to all the players, coaches, officials and volunteers who helped make this event happen.
CTV News Story – June 12th, 2015
Listen to Bill Riga, Qinnipiac’s Associate Head Coach, talk about recruiting and some of his recruiting tips.
Coach Riga, has had an extensive NCAA background, having played 4 years at U. Mass-Lowell, and then having coached at Union for 5 years and at Quinnipiac for 6 years.
Coach Riga will be in Halifax for the College Hockey Atlantic Combine from June 18th to the 21st, and is looking forward to watching some terrific hockey, and meeting players and their families who are interested in pursuing the possibility of leveraging their hockey skills for a college education in the future.
NHL Scout Paul Gallagher to speak to players and parents at the Combine
Imagine being the fellow who can say he coached Sidney Crosby in his first year of organized hockey when he was five years old and wore No. 8 in Tim Bits hockey. He again coached Crosby when he was in bantam hockey at the age of 13.
Paul played NCAA Division-1 hockey for St. Lawrence University in the mid-70’s.
As a hockey dad, Paul has seen it all. His son played at the highest levels coming along, and then for Cornell University, where he earned an Ivy League education while playing hockey.
Paul has worked within the NHL scouting community for over 10 years, with the St. Louis Blues and the Florida Panthers organizations.
He will speak to players and families about the things that scouts are looking for when they become interested in a player.