From The Desk Of Joe Bertagna - Summer 2018

Joe BertagnaThe following is an excerpt from Joe Bertagna's column in Stops and Starts:

The final newsletter of the year provides the latest data on where the NCAA gets its hockey players. We have been putting this information together for about two decades. And we like to point out trends to accompany this last piece of research.

My favorite snapshot is a somewhat arbitrary comparison of the six New England states with the non-traditional sources of Arizona, California, Florida and Texas. There's a 15-year comparison of all players (men and women, Division I, II and III) available for AHCA members in our Stops and Starts newsletter.

The AHCA will once again recognize varsity ice hockey players who averaged a 3.6 GPA and participated in 40% of their school's games during the 2017-18 season. In the first year of this program, a total of 1,261 Krampade "All American Scholars" reached this standard. A small number of waivers to the 40% participation requirement was granted due to injury or for back-up goaltenders. Each NCAA head coach will be contacted via email shortly after this newsletter goes out. Certificates will be printed and sent to each school once all honorees are known.

Krampade, LLC (the program's sponsor), is a Lincoln, Nebraska-based company focused on mitigating and preventing cramp formation, while enhancing performance using our patent-pending formulations. Their website is at www.krampade.com.

All of us at the AHCA offer our condolences to one of the nat ion's great hockey families, the Kellehers of Belmont, Mass., on the passing of their father, Dan. Many of you know Pat, the current Executive Director of USA Hockey and the oldest of the five Kelleher boys. You may also know Brendan, Chris, Ryan or Tim.

Anyone wishing to honor Dan and the Kelleher family may do so via a contribution to the Daniel P. Kelleher Scholarship Fund, c/o BYHA P.O. Box 154 Belmont, MA 02478 or to the Brendan Grant Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 184 Belmont, MA 02478.

Our new slate of AHCA Officers for 2018-19 appears on the left-hand side of this page. Welcome to Allison Coomey, Joe Exter and Grant Kimball. While you are looking at that section, please note the dates for Naples '19: Wednesday through Saturday, May 1-4, 2019.

Apologies to schools waiting on their All-American certificates. Our printer has been dealing with some family health issues and has apologized for the delay. The certificates will be mailed out in early July (one for the athlete and one for the school.)

– Joe Bertagna

Joe's full column is available in each edition of Stops and Starts - The Official Publication of the American Hockey Coaches Association. Each AHCA Member has access to current and archived editions of Stops and Starts in our Member's Only Section and can read Joe's full column in each edition of Stops and Starts.