Longtime assistant college hockey coach John Micheletto Monday was named head coach at the University of Massachusetts, succeeding Don “Toot” Cahoon.
Micheletto joins the Minutemen after spending the last nine years at the University of Vermont, the last six as associate head coach. He previously served as an assistant coach at Notre Dame and Union College.
“I am humbled to be the 13th head coach at the University of Massachusetts,’’ said Micheletto, a Chicago native who graduated from Milton Academy in 1984. “When I first started coaching in 1991, I never fathomed that my first head coaching job would come at such a highly regarded hockey program as UMass.”
Another in a long line of M/A hockey success stories. The article doesn’t say it, but Micheletto played his college hockey at Dartmouth. It is great that Coach Micheletto was able to land a D1 coaching gig, but it is probably going to be hard to attract the best players in the ISL or Founders League to UMass when the Ivies, NESCAC schools, UVM and BC are available to preps.
Yes, BU. I see you out there. Let me know when you finally beat Boston College.
As the L.A. Kings won their first Stanley Cup ever, all eyes were on CT native and Avon Old Farms grad Jonathan Quick. The Kings netminder helped Los Angeles to beat the N.J. Devils in six games and took home the NHL’s Conn Smythe trophy as the playoffs MVP.
Quick won the Conn Smythe Trophy by allowing just 29 goals in the Kings’ 20 playoff games. In the finals, Quick allowed just seven goals in six games. Sounds like the Boston Bruins goalie from last year’s run to the Cup.
It was a good year for NE preps in the NHL playoffs. Anyone who can name a full line of NE prep hockey players will win a Twines & Vines prize pack. That means three forwards, two defensemen and a goalie. If you miss the goalie, you don’t deserve to win.
- Cory Schneider/Avon Old Farms
Jonathan Quick/Phillips Academy Andover
The Vancouver Canucks are the NHL’s most-hated franchise, and Roberto Luongo is the goalie that everyone loves to hate. The L.A. Kings have opened a 2-0 lead in their playoff series with the Canucks. Since Luongo can’t keep the puck out of the net, his backup Cory Schneider (Avon Old Farms) could get the call. If this happens, Schneider will face his former prep school rival, Jonathan Quick (Phillips Academy Andover).
Schneider and AOF lost to Quick in the NEPSAC finals during Schneider’s senior year. All of Canada is hoping for a repeat of that result.
Yes, I am a bit biased against the Canucks because I am a supporter of the reigning Stanley Cup Champs!
Cristoval Nieves of The Kent School scores a goal v. Team Russia
Local New England prep school hockey players stand a good chance to get drafter in the upcoming NHL draft. Here are some of the prospects with their rankings according to the NHL Central Scouting Service:
- 27 Cristoval “Boo” Nieves, Kent School, 6′ 2.75″ 184, C
- 33 Dawson Sprigings, The Gunnery, 5′ 11.25″ 206 G
- 54 Brian Hart, Phillips Exeter, 6′ 2.0″ 216, RW
- 69 Chris Calnan, Noble & Greenough, 6′ 1.75″ 188, RW
- 76 Danny O’Regan, St. Sebastian’s, 5′ 8.75″ 162, C
- 79 Devin Tringale, Lawrence Academy, 5’11.5″ 186, LW
- 99 Doyle Somerby, Kimball Union, 6′ 4.5″ 232, D
- 101 Adam Gilmour, Noble & Greenough, 6′ 2.25″ 193, RW
- 108 Matthew Beattie, Phillips Exeter, 6′ 3.0″ 173, LW
- 132 John Stevens, Salisbury, 6′ 1.25″ 175, C
- 145 Kevin Duane, Brunswick, 6′ 4.0″ 219, RW
- 166 Alex Rauter, Choate-Rosemary Hall, 6′ 0.0″ 174, LW
- 208 Tim Boyle, Noble & Greenough, 6′ 1.75″ 185, D
- 210 Zachary Pryzbek, Salisbury, 6′ 2.75″ 199, LW
It all started with an inspired notion. Cam Brown came up with a saying to help him stay motivated and overcome his small size while trying to make it to a college hockey team. Along with three other college hockey bound friends, they adopted their philosophy and spread it throughout their circles. One thing led to another and together they embarked on a journey that took them from printing and selling PPW wristbands in their garage to having the greatest professional hockey goalie in the world, Tim Thomas of the Boston Bruins asked them to be a part of their movement. Their story is an inspiration, but more importantly their optimism is too. They believe that to help others succeed is the greatest accomplishment a person can achieve. Their mission rides on their strong belief that others will defy the odds and prove people wrong.
PPW is checks off every box on my list of prep apparel company requirements. Prep school founder (Jack Brewer, The Rivers School ’10). Items you can add to your wardrobe (sporty and casual). A true cause (Proving people who doubt your success wrong). Support YOUR cause by getting some PPW swag and feel free to share your story with them on facebook or twitter. Give them a follow while you’re at it. #PPW
The Boston College men’s hockey team is up for yet another National Championship in the Frozen Four. Unlike their neighbors at BU, the BC team is stacked with New England prep school grads. Maybe that is why they have remained in school and out of jail!
Here is a list of the preps on BC’s roster, however, there are some prep school grads MISSING from this list.
A Twines & Vines prize goes out to the person who names the MOST omissions from this list:
No. Name Class Pos. Ht. Wt. Previous Team Hometown
- 4 Tommy Cross SR Defenseman 6-3 215 Westminster Simsbury, CT
- 10 Danny Linell FR Forward 5-9 185 Choate Rosemary Hall Great Neck, NY
- 12 Kevin Hayes SO Forward 6-3 205 Noble & Greenough Dorchester, MA
- 14 Brooks Dyroff JR Forward 6-0 190 Phillips Andover Boulder, CO
- 15 Cam Spiro FR Forward 5-11 195 Tabor Academy Hingham, MA
- 19 Chris Kreider JR Forward 6-3 225 Phillips Andover Boxford, MA
- 21 Steven Whitney JR Forward 5-7 162 Lawrence Academy Reading, MA
- 23 Patrick Brown SO Fwd 6-1 197 Cranbrook Kingswood Bloomfield Hills, MI
- 28 Tommy Atkinson SR Forward 5-8 165 Avon Old Farms Greenwich, CT
- 30 Chris Venti SR Goaltender 6-0 175 Buckingham, Browne & Nichols Needham, MA
Tayra Melendez of The Rivers School ’12, committed to URI
First the Boys Ski Team cleans up at NEPSACs with a gold. Then the Boys Hockey Team claims its first Eberhart Trophy since ’85.
Now this weekend, the Girls Hockey Team and both Boys and Girls Basketball Teams are/were up for a championship.
The Girls Hockey Team won a thriller in 6OTs vs. rival Southfield, but then fell short in the semi finals on Saturday.
Now the Boys and Girls Basketball teams are in the finals hoping to give Rivers its 3rd and 4th Winter Championships this year.
A 4 out of 6 championship success rate with scholar athletes is something you don’t find outside of prep school.
Good Luck Rivers!
Noble & Greenough junior forward Chris Calnan has committed to play hockey for Jerry York and the Boston College Eagles starting in 2013. Calnan will join a strong Boston College team that has dominated Hockey East in the past decade, as rival Boston University has slipped.
Oliver White of Noble & Greenough School was selected as the 2011-12 Gatorade Massachusetts Boys Soccer Player of the Year. White is the second Gatorade Massachusetts Boys Soccer Player of the Year to be chosen from Noble & Greenough School.
The 5-foot-11, 165-pound senior forward scored 15 goals and passed for six assists this past season, leading the Bulldogs (13-3-1) to the New England Prep School Athletic Council Class A tournament quarterfinals. White is a two-time Independent School League Offensive Player of the Year. He concluded his prep soccer career with 41 goals and 16 assists.
White will be taking his soccer skills on the road to Harvard next fall.
The annual Beanpot Hockey Tournament is probably Boston’s most iconic college sporting event. Involving Northeastern, Harvard, BC, and BU, the tournament features some of the best talent the country has to offer.
In the championship game tonight, dozens of prep school attendees fill the rosters of BC and BU. I’ll do my best to list off the schools, but forgive me if I missed any.
Nobles & Greenough, B.B.N., Thayer Academy, Belmont Hill, Roxbury Latin, Lawrence Academy, Tabor Academy, Avon Old Farms, Phillips Andover, South Kent, Salisbury School, Brewster Academy, Catholic Memorial, Marshall Prep, Northwood School, Westminster, and Choate Rosemary Hall.
Photo by Jennifer Heshion of Sippican Week
From Sippican Week
MARION — Travis Roy still has a soft spot for his alma mater, Tabor Academy.
A former Seawolf, Roy was the man of the hour February 4 for the 16th annual Travis Roy Cup hockey matchup between Tabor and the St. Sebastian Arrows, held inside the Travis Roy Arena.
Coming back to Tabor, though, can be bittersweet, Roy said.
“When I was here I was able-body and had the whole world ahead of me,” he said. “I can still remember that.”
In May 1995 Roy graduated from Tabor and headed to Boston University on a hockey scholarship. Just five months later, Roy slid headfirst into the boards during a matchup against the University of North Dakota, cracking his fourth and fifth vertebra.
Since his accident, Roy has spent the last 16 years traveling across New England as a motivational speaker and generating donations for the “Travis Roy Foundation.” Roy created the foundation in 1997, which has since generated over $2.5 million for spinal cord injury research.
Roy said the Travis Roy Cup rivalry between Tabor and St. Sebastian’s School in Needham began with the coaches and athletic directors. The coaches from both schools thought an annual game would make for both a great hockey game and fundraiser he said.
Travis Roy is a great speaker, and I have been lucky to have the chance to hear him speak at my school. If you can, please visit his foundation HERE and help to support his cause. Thanks!