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October 14, 2002
Off-Season News and Notes

U.S. Hall Names Riley, Woog, and Fuscos

Former Minnesota coach Doug Woog, former Hobey Baker Award winners Mark and Scott Fusco, Joe Riley will be inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame on Wednesday, December 4, in Eveleth, MN.

Woog coached his alma mater for 14 years, compiling a record of 389-187-40 (.664) before resigning after the 1999 season. The former Gopher All-American, who retired as Minnesota’s winningest head coach, is currently an assistant athletic director at Minnesota.

The Fusco brothers each won the Hobey Baker Award as the nation’s top player: defenseman Mark in 1983 and forward Scott in 1986. Mark Fusco was a member of the 1984 U.S. Olympic hockey team that competed in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia, and played in 80 games over two NHL seasons with the Hartford Whalers. Scott Fusco played in the 1984 and 1988 Winter Olympics, and is the only two-time ECAC Player of the Year Award winner.

Joe Riley grew up in Medford, Massachusetts playing hockey from a young age with his two older future Hall of Fame brothers Jack and Bill. While at Dartmouth, playing for the late Hall of Fame coach, Eddie Jeremiah, Riley set the record for most goals in a season in his senior year, a record, which still stands today. He also teamed up with his brother Bill and Cliff Harrison to become the most prolific scoring line in collegiate history with 209 points in 23 contests.

This powerhouse took Dartmouth to the NCAA National Finals both years that Riley was there, earning him Most Valuable Player of the tournament in 1948 where he scored 4 goals and 1 assist against Colorado College. The Green then lost to Michigan 8-4 in the final game. The following year Dartmouth avenged its Michigan loss by defeating them 4-2 with Riley scoring the tying goal and final goal. But, they then lost to Eastern rival Boston College 4-3, who posted an astounding 22-1 record in the regular season, losing their only game to Dartmouth with Riley scoring the first goal and game-winning goal.

In addition to these Hall of Fame inductees, Scotty Bowman, the winngest coach in NHL history, has been chosen as the winner of the Wayne Gretzky International Award. First presented in 1999, the Wayne Gretzky International Award is given annually to an international citizen who has been deemed to have made a major contribution to the growth and advancement of American hockey.

Bowman coached four different teams (St. Louis, Montreal, Pittsburgh and Detroit) into a total of 13 Stanley Cup Finals series’ registering a record of 9-4. He is the only coach in NHL history to have lead three different teams to Stanley Cup glory: Montreal (5 times), Pittsburgh (1 time) and Detroit (3 times). He remains solidly in place as the all-time NHL coaching leader in regular season victories (1,244) as well as playoff wins (223) with an astonishing combined career win total of 1,467 NHL games.

The Hall’s 29th Annual Induction Ceremony and Dinner is Wednesday, December 4th, 2002, at the Touchstone Energy Place Grand Ballroom at RiverCentre in St. Paul, MN. Social hour begins at 6:00 p.m. with dinner following at 7:00 p.m. Ticket prices are $150 per person, $75 for students 18 and under and $1,100 for a table of 8 people. Tickets can be obtained by calling the United States Hockey Hall of Fame at 1-800-HHF-PUCK or 1-800-443-7825.

Notre Dame To Host Yale in Chicago

Notre Dame has moved the second game of a two-game weekend series with Yale to Allstate Arena in suburban Chicago. The game, to be played Saturday, January 18 at 7:05, will be the Irish’s first game in Chicago since 1995-96. The game scheduled for Friday, January 17 between Notre Dame and Yale will remain in South Bend at the Joyce Center.

“It’s great to be bringing Division I college hockey back to the Chicago area,” said Fighting Irish head coach Dave Poulin. “We have four players from the Chicago area and it will be a great chance for them to play in front of their families and friends in a major league building like the Allstate Arena (formerly known as the Rosemont Horizon.) Chicago has become an extremely important recruiting area for our program and this is a great way to get exposure for Notre Dame hockey in the area.”

Coaching Changes Abound

A quick look at the display of Active Coaches Records on Pages Four through Eight will reveal the many coaching changes in NCAA men’s and women’s ice hockey this winter. Even at the Division I level, where change happens less frequently, there are four new coaches for the men and seven for the women.

Walt Kyle returns to the college ranks, taking over for Rick Comley at Northern Michigan. Comley calls Michigan State home now. Mike Eaves moves the USA Hockey Development Program to the University of Wisconsin, his alma mater. A couple of assistant coaches have been rewarded for their work. Scott Paluch leaves Boston College to be top man at his alma mater, Bowling Green; Ryan Soderquist has moved from player to assistant to head coach at Bentley in just a few years.

The seven new women’s coaches tackle jobs that range from fledgling programs to some of the country’s most prestigious. Representing the former is Shantel Gammie, who is ready to start women’s ice hockey at North Dakota. Other new coaches: Brian McCloskey ended a 16-year career as a men’s assistant to take the reins at New Hampshire; Mark Johnson did a similar switch at Wisconsin; Bruce Olson moves from the high school level to Bemidji; Scott Wiley updates his resume from Colgate’s assistant to its new head coach; Cornell’s Melody Davidson returns to college hockey after spending recent seasons in the international game. Her last NCAA address was at Connecticut College; and Michael Barrett is new only to Division I, making a short ride from Sacred Heart to Quinnipiac.

Another former Division III coach who moved up to Division I will have to wait a year for his first game. Rick Seeley, who led Manhattanville to a 22-2-2 mark last year, will lead Clarkson into its first Division I varsity season in 2003-2004.

Division III changes are also listed as we know them. If we have missed any new hirings, please let us know via jbertagna@hockeyeastonline.com.

D-I Women’s Hockey Conference List Grows

First came the announcement of the Hockey East Women’s League in June. Then, in August, College Hockey America became the fourth NCAA Division I women’s ice hockey conference. Four schools will compete in the Women’s CHA: Niagara, formerly of the ECAC, and Findlay, Mercyhurst, and Wayne State, all three formerly of the Great Lakes Women’s Hockey Association.

The first CHA Tournament will take place on March 8-9 in Detroit’s City Ice Arena, hosted by Wayne State. Hockey East’s first tournament will take place at Northeastern University’s Matthews Arena on March 15-16.

The conference line-up now shows nine schools in the ECAC, seven in the WCHA, six in Hockey East, and four in the CHA. Playing as Division I independents this season will be North Dakota and Quinnipiac. Clarkson has announced it will join the ECAC Division I League in 2003-2004.

Hopefully this restructuring will lead to the continued growth in the number of Division I schools, as well as the growth of the NCAA Division I Women’s Ice Hockey bracket from four schools to eight.

New Nickname in Hamden

Quinnipiac athletes have a new name. What used to be the Quinnipiac College Braves are now the Quinnipiac University Bobcats. Their new logo is shown below.

The university also made news in September with the announcement that it would join forces with the NHL to help retiring players pursue continuing education and new careers. The “Life After Hockey Program” will allow retiring players to receive “educational assessments” from Quinnipiac representatives, and other assistance during their transitional period.

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