March 22, 2018
Blaise MacDonald Wins Edward Jeremiah Award As 2017-18 AHCA Division II-III Men's Coach of the Year
Edward Jeremiah Award to be Presented on April 25 in Naples, FL

For leading Colby College into the NCAA Division III Men's Ice Hockley Championships, Blaise MacDonald has been named winner of the Edward Jeremiah Award as the CCM/AHCA Division III Men's Coach of the Year. The Mules will meet St. Norbert College in the NCAA Semifinals at Herb Brooks Arena in Lake Placid, NY, on Friday night at 6:30 p.m.

Colby enters Friday's contest on a nine-game unbeaten streak (7-0-2) and brings a 17-10-2 overall record to the event. That streak followed a 10-10-0 start that accounted for Colby's fifth place regular season finish in the NESCAC. But the post-season has been anything but average. The Mules swept through the NESCAC Tournament, outscoring three opponents by 14-3, in leading Colby to its first NESCAC championship. To reach the NCAA semifinals, Colby defeated the University of New England, 4-2, and Geneseo State, 2-1, the latter with a GWG at 19:58 of the third period. Since the unbeaten streak began on February 10, Colby has only allowed 11 goals in those nine games (1.22 GAA.)

MacDonald is the former head coach of Niagara University and UMass Lowell. He was the founding coach of Niagara's varsity hockey program, leading the Purple Eagles into Division I hockey in their third year. In 1999-2000, he led Niagara to a mark of 30-8-4 and was voted College Hockey America Coach of the Year. MacDonald won 145 games during his decade at UMass-Lowell.

His 15 seasons with those varsity programs followed 11 years as an assistant coach at Dartmouth (1985-87), Princeton (1987- 88), UMass-Lowell (1988-90) and Boston University (1990-96.) Working alongside legendary Terrier head coach Jack Parker, MacDonald helped Boston University to a national championship at the NCAA Frozen Four in 1995 as the associate head coach. Overall in 21 seasons, he has compiled a record of 298-311-79.

A native of Billerica, Mass., MacDonald, was a four-year letterwinner at Rochester Institute of Technology, graduating in 1985. He helped lead RIT to NCAA Division III championships in 1983 and 1985. MacDonald was an All-American defensemen and was inducted into the RIT Hall of Fame in 1991. At the time of his graduation, he held RIT records for career assists (106) and points (119) by a defensemen. MacDonald and his wife, Carol, are the parents of four children – sons Cam, Joseph, and Jacob, and daughter Carly. Cam plays for his father at Colby.

The Edward Jeremiah Award is named in honor of the great Dartmouth College head coach and was first presented in 1970. MacDonald was assisted this year by Chris Hall and Mike Latendresse. The runner-up for the Jeremiah Award was Zech Klann of Salve Regina University.

MacDonald and his staff will receive their awards at the annual AHCA Celebration of Men's Ice Hockey Banquet, held in conjunction with the AHCA Convention in Naples, FL. This year's banquet is scheduled for Wednesday, April 25.

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Winners of the Edward Jeremiah Award
(Division III Coach of the Year)
1970 Sid Watson, Bowdoin   1994 Jeff Meredith, Fredonia
1971 Sid Watson, Bowdoin   1995 Bill Beaney, Middlebury
1972 Jack Canniff, Massachusetts   1996 Dean Talafous, WI-River Falls
1973 Jim Cross, Vermont   1997 Mike McShane, Norwich
1974 Barry Urbanski, Boston State   1998 Mike Schwartz, Augsburg
1975 Wendall Forbes, Middlebury   1999 Mike McShane, Norwich
1976 Don Roberts, Gustavus Adolphus   2000 Mike McShane, Norwich
1977 Bill Riley, Jr., Lowell   2001 Wayne Wilson, RIT
1978 Sid Watson, Bowdoin   2002 Dan Stauber, WI-Superior
1979 Don Brose, Mankato State   2003 George Roll, Oswego State
1980 Steve Stirling, Babson   2004 Bill Beaney, Middlebury
1981 Herb Hammond, Plattsburgh State   2005 Terry Skrypek, St. Thomas
1982 Steve Stirling, Babson   2006 Bill Beaney, Middlebury
1983 Mike Gibbons, Bemidji State   2007 Ed Gosek, Oswego State
  Peter Van Buskirk, Holy Cross   2008 Tim Coghlin, St. Norbert College
1984 Bob Peters, Bemidji State   2009 Dominick Dawes, Neumann College
1985 Rob Riley, Babson   2010 Mike McShane, Norwich
1986 Terry Meagher, Bowdoin   2011 Tim Coghlin, St. Norbert College
1987 Tony Mariano, Norwich   2012 Jack Arena, Amherst College
1988 Glenn Thomaris, Elmira   2013 Matt Loen, UW-Eau Claire
1989 Terry Meagher, Bowdoin   2014 Chris Schultz, Geneseo
1990 Bill Beaney, Middlebury   2015 Jack Arena, Amherst College
1991 Glenn Thomaris, Elmira   2016 Chris Schultz, Geneseo
Peter Belisle, UMass Boston
1992 Bruce Marshall, Connecticut   2017 Mike McShane, Norwich
1993 Joe Baldarotta, WI-Stevens Point   2018 Blaise MacDonald, Colby College