Noel Acciari scored a goal and added an assist when Providence and Boston College skated to a 3-3 tie on Dec. 7
In the second to last weekend of regular-season play, the Friars take on fourth-ranked Boston College in a weekend home-and-home series, beginning at 7:05 p.m. on Friday, March 1 at Schneider Arena (Cox Sports on OSN). The series then concludes at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 2 at Kelley Rink.
• The Friars are on a nation-best, seven-game unbeaten streak (3-0-4) and enter Friday night’s game in a four-way tie for first in the Hockey East Standings (with Boston College, New Hampshire and UMass Lowell.)
• The top six teams in the Hockey East standings are separated by two points.
• Last weekend, the Friars swept Northeastern to extend their unbeaten streak to seven games, the longest active streak in the Country.
• Earlier this season, the Friars and Eagles skated to a 3-3 tie at Schneider Arena on Dec. 7 as PC came back from a two-goal, third period deficit capped off by Nick Saracino’s game-tying goal scored with 11 seconds remaining in regulation.
• The tie against the Eagles snapped a 12-game winning streak by the Eagles against the Friars.
• During PC’s current seven-game unbeaten streak, Jon Gillies has a 1.91 goals against average and a .941 save percentage.
• Providence has clinched a berth in the Hockey East playoffs for the second time in as many seasons under Head Coach Nate Leaman (last time PC played in the HEA playoffs back-to-back years was 2007-08).
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SCOUTING THE EAGLES
Currently ranked fourth in both national polls and sixth in the Pairwise, Boston College (18-9-3, 13-8-2 HEA) is in the midst of playing four games in a seven-day stretch, having defeated Merrimack, 2-1, on Sunday, Feb. 24 and losing to UMass Lowell, 4-2, on Tuesday, Feb. 26 prior to this weekend’s back-to-back games against the Friars.
• The Eagles downed Merrimack on Quinn Smith’s overtime game winner. Goaltender Parker Milner made 43 saves in the win.
• Then against UMass Lowell, Bill Arnold tied the game at 2-2 with a power-play goal at 8:40 of the third, but Christian Folin netted what proved to be the game-winning at 15:13 and Riley Wetmore added an empty net tally at 19:14.
• Since defeating Northeastern, 6-3, on Feb. 11 to claim the 2013 Beanpot championship, BC is 1-2-1 over its last four games and three of those four games reached overtime.
• Sophomore forward Johnny Gaudreau has played 27 games and leads the Eagles in scoring with 37 points on 15 goals and a team-high 22 assists. Six of his 15 goals have been game winners.
• Senior forward Steven Whitney leads BC with 20 goals and also has 15 assists for 35 points.
• For the season, Milner has played in 29 games and posted an 18-8-3 record to go along with a 2.48 goals against average and a .919 save percentage.
• Head coach Jerry York is in his 41st season behind the Boston College bench.
SERIES HISTORY VERSUS BOSTON COLLEGE
The Friars and Eagles have met 160 times, with the Eagles leading the all-time series 105-45-13.
• The teams met on Dec. 7, 2012 and the Friars came back from a two-goal deficit to tie the Eagles, 3-3 on Nick Saracino’s game-tying goal scored with 11 seconds to play in regulation. The tie snapped a 12-game winning streak by Boston College in the series.
• Last season, the teams’ final meeting came in the 2012 Hockey East semifinals at the TD Garden in Boston, Mass., where BC posted a 4-2 win over the Friars. It was Providence’s first appearance in the Hockey East semifinals since 2001.
• The Friars last beat the Eagles on Feb. 29, 2008 with a 3-2 win at Kelley Rink.
THE ROAD AHEAD
After facing off against Boston College this weekend (March 1 and 2), Providence will close out the regular season with a home-and-home series versus UMass Lowell (March 8-9). The March 9 game will be played at Schneider Arena and will serve as the Friars’ “Senior Night.”
The Friars posted back-to-back wins over Northeastern last Friday (6-2) and Saturday (3-2) night to sweep the season series to move their unbeaten streak to seven games (3-0-4), the longest unbeaten streak in the country.
• On Friday night at Schneider Arena, senior Tim Schaller and sophomore Stefan Demopoulos each had career nights to lead the Friars to the win. Schaller finished with a goal and a career high four assists for a career best five points, while Demopoulos scored two goals and added a career high three assists for a career best five points.
• Friar freshman goaltender Jon Gillies made 35 saves to earn the win and classmate Mark Jankowski scored what proved to be the game-winning goal.
• Then on Saturday at Matthews Arena, a third period, shorthanded tally by junior Steven Shamanski proved to be the game-winning goal as the Friars edged Northeastern, 3-2.
• The Friars used scores by Shamanski and sophomores Drew Brown and Ross Mauermann to move into a tie for first in the Hockey East standings with the win.
• Gillies made 32 saves as the Friars swept Northeastern (3-0-0) for the first time since the 2000-01 season.
Sophomore Ross Mauermann is the Friars’ second-leading scorer with 10-10-20 totals entering Friday’s game versus Boston College.
• Mauermann scored Providence’s second goal in the Friars’ 3-2 win at Northeastern on Saturday.
• Mauermann is one of only two current Friars with multiple 10-goal seasons on his resume (junior Derek Army is the other, having scored 11 goals last season and 13 this year).
• Mauermann is the first Friar to record at least 10 goals in his freshman and sophomore seasons since Matt Bergland ‘12 did so in 2008-09 (10 goals) and 2009-10 (12 goals).
• During Providence’s current seven-game unbeaten streak, Mauermann carries an impressive .633 face-off winning percentage (57-33).
LIFE ON THE ROAD
The Friars are 6-7-4 on the road this year and 5-4-3 in Hockey East road games.
• It is the most Hockey East road wins since 2007-08 when Providence was 6-5-2 in HEA road games.
• Providence followed up a 7-0 win at Brown in the 27th annual Mayor’s Cup on Nov. 24 with an overtime win at Merrimack on Nov. 30 to give PC back-to-back road wins for the first time since sweeping a series at Alabama-Huntsville on Nov. 12-13, 2010 (W, 3-1; W, 4-2).
• With a 6-5 win on Jan. 19, the Friars posted their first win at New Hampshire’s Whittemore Center since March 12, 2004 (PC won in overtime, 4-3).
• The Friars followed up that win with a 3-3 tie at the Whittemore Center on Feb. 10 to establish their first ever two-game unbeaten streak at the Whittemore Center.
• Nine of Providence’s 17 road games have been played against ranked opponents.
• With a 2-2 tie at Maine on Feb. 1, the Friars snapped a five-game losing streak at Alfond Arena, dating back to a 2-2 tie on Jan. 18, 2009.
• With a 3-2 win at Northeastern on Feb. 23, the Friars won at Matthews Arena for the first time since a 5-1 win on Jan. 25, 2008.
GILLIES SETS SINGLE SEASON SHUTOUT MARK
Jon Gillies became the first Providence goaltender to record four shutouts in a season with a 1-0 blanking of New Hampshire on Wednesday, Feb. 13. He made 37 saves in the win.
• Gillies posted his first career shutout on Oct. 27 with a 3-0 win over Maine (26 saves).
• Gillies posted his second shutout of the season with Providence’s 7-0 win over Brown on Saturday, Nov. 24 in the 27th annual Mayor’s Cup (35 saves).
• Gillies then became the first Friar freshman to record three shutouts in a season when he and the Friars shutout UMass, 2-0, on Jan. 12 at Schneider Arena (44 saves).
• The last Friar freshman to post two shutouts in a season was former Friar great Chris Terreri ’86, who blanked Alaska (8-0 on Nov. 3, 1982) and Brown (8-0 on Feb. 12, 1983) during his freshman season.
• Friar goalies with three shutouts in a season include: Alex Beaudry ‘12 (2011-12), Tyler Sims ‘08 (2005-06 & 2007-08), Nolan Schafer ‘03 (2000-01) and Mario Proulx ‘84 (1981-82).
• Gillies’ four shutouts rank tied for third most all-time at PC with Dan Hornstein ‘63, Bob Bell ‘95 and Boyd Ballard ‘01.
• Sims ranks first with seven shutouts, while Proulx is second with five career shutouts.
• Gillies’ four shutouts rank tied for the second most in the country.
ONE TOUGH SLATE
The Friars are in the midst of playing a tough schedule. They enter the weekend having played 14 of 30 games against ranked opponents (2-7-5).
• The Friars have played seven games against the current top-five ranked teams in the country, including three games against UNH (2-0-1), two games against Miami (0-1-1) and a game each versus Boston College (0-0-1) and top-ranked Quinnipiac (0-1-0).
• In the Pairwise rankings prior to Friday night’s games, Providence has played nine games against the top-seven teams.
ARMY ON THE OFFENSIVE
Junior forward Derek Army enters Friday as the Friars’ leading scorer with 22 points on a team-high 13 goals and nine assists.
• Army’s 13 goals are a career high for goals in a season (posted 11-11-22 totals as a sophomore).
• The Friars are 10-1-5 when Army records a point and 5-1-3 when he scores a goal.
With a 3-3 tie at No. 4/5 New Hampshire on Sunday, Feb. 10, the Friars played to a third consecutive overtime road tie (tied BU on Jan. 25, 3-3 & tied Maine on Feb. 1, 2-2).
• It was the second time this season PC played three consecutive overtime games, having also played three overtime games from Dec. 7-Jan. 4.
• Before this season, the Friars had last played three consecutive overtime games in the 2003-04 season when they went 0-2-1 in a stretch of three games from Jan. 16-20, 2004.
• Providence is now 1-2-7 in 10 overtime games this season.
• The Friars played eight overtime games last season (1-3-4).
SHAMANSKI HELPING OUT
Junior defenseman Steven Shamanski has chipped in this season to help lead the Friar offense.
• He notched a goal in each games as Providence swept Northeastern (Feb. 22-23), including his first career game-winning goal in PC’s 3-2 win at NU on Feb. 23 (it was also his first career short handed goal).
• Shamanski is second on the team with 12 assists (2-12-14 totals).
• He recorded a career high three assists in Providence’s 6-5 win over UNH at the Whittemore Center on Jan. 19.
• Shamanski then recorded two assists in Providence’s 3-3 tie at Boston University on Jan. 26.
• Prior to his three assist showing at UNH (85 career games), Shamanski had never registered more than one point in a game.
• Shamanski entered the season with three assists in 64 career games played and his previous high point total for a season came his freshman year when he had three goals and an assist for four points.
In Providence’s 6-2 win over Northeastern at Schneider Arena on Feb. 22, senior Tim Schaller (1-4-5) and sophomore Stefan Demopoulos (2-3-5) each registered five points.
• The five points were career high marks for each player, as were Schaller’s four assists and Demopoulos’ three assists.
• The last Friar to record five points in a game was Matt Taormina, who had two goals and three assists in PC’s 6-2 win over Maine on Nov. 9, 2007.
GILLIES NAMED A WALTER BROWN AWARD SEMIFINALIST
Freshman goalie Jon Gillies was selected as a semifinalist for the 2013 Walter Brown Award, given annually to the best American-born player in New England, it was announced by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston on Monday, Feb. 4.
• The award, established in 1953, is the nation’s oldest nationally-recognized college hockey honor and this year the semifinalist list features 16 NCAA Division I players, including eight from Hockey East.
• The finalists and winner of the award will be announced in March and the formal award presentation is scheduled for the New England College Hockey Writers’ Dinner in April.
• Four Friars have won the Walter Brown Award, including Ron Wilson (1974-75), Tim Army (1984-85), Rob Gaudreau (1991-92) and Mike Omicioli (1998-99).
The young Friar roster includes 13 freshmen and five sophomores.
• 18 of 28 players on the 2012-13 Friar roster are freshmen or sophomores (64 percent).
• As of Nov. 9, the average age of all the players on the Friar roster was just over 21 years old.
• The freshmen and sophomores have combined for 132 of Providence’s 229 points this season (58 percent) and have netted 57 of the team’s 86 goals (66 percent).
LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON
On Feb. 1 in PC’s 2-2 tie at Maine, senior defenseman Alex Velischek became the third Friar this season to reach the 100-games played plateau, joining Myles Harvey (Nov. 9) and Tim Schaller (Nov. 3). Derek Army then played his 100th career game against Merrimack on Feb. 17.
• 141 Friars have now played at least 100 career games, including Alex’s father Randy Velischek (who played in 138 games) and Derek’s father Tim (who played a PC record 151 career games).
• Alex and Randy were the first father-son combination to each play 100 or more games at Providence, a feat that Derek and Tim matched 16 days later.
Never more evident than in Providence’s 7-0 win over Brown in which seven different Friars scored, offense has come from all across the Friar lineup.
• Nineteen Friars have scored at least one goal this season and 12 Friars have at least 10 points on the year.
• Twenty-two Friars have at least one point.
• Eight Friars have scored Providence’s 13 game-winning goals this season (Stefan Demopoulos leads the team with three game-winning tallies).
HOCKEY EAST YOUNG GUNS
Freshman forward Mark Jankowski, along with two other Hockey East skaters, are believed to be the three youngest players in college hockey this season. Jankowski, a first round pick by the Calgary Flames in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, was born in September of 1994. The only other younger players in Hockey East are Ryan Lomberg of Maine, born in December of 1994, and Brett Pesce of New Hampshire, born in November of 1994.
FRIARS POST 6-5 WIN AT THE WHITTEMORE CENTER (JAN. 19, 2013)
For the first time since March 12, 2004 (PC won in overtime, 4-3), the Friars went into New Hampshire’s Whittemore Center and came away with a win, downing the third-ranked Wildcats, 6-5, on Saturday, Jan. 19.
• Six Friars scored at least two points in the game, including two goals from junior Derek Army and three assists by junior Steven Shamanski. It was the first multi-point game of Shamanski’s career.
• Senior Kyle Murphy netted what turned out to be the game-winning goal at 3:47 of the third period.
• The Friars jumped out to a 4-0 lead midway through the second period and went on to snap a 17-game winless streak versus the Wildcats.
• With a goal and an assist, Nick Saracino registered his first multi-point game in a Friar uniform.
• The win was PC’s first against a ranked opponent this season (also tied #4 Miami on Oct. 19 and tied #2 Boston College on Dec. 7).
• The Friars then tied UNH, 3-3, on Feb. 10 to establish PC’s first ever two-game unbeaten streak at the Whittemore Center.
GILLIES AND USA WIN GOLD AT THE 2013 JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
USA Hockey named Jon Gillies to its 2013 U.S. National Junior Team, which went on to win the gold medal at the 2013 Junior World Championship in Ufa, Russia with a 3-1 victory over Sweden on Jan. 5. He became the 11th Friar to play in the tournament and the first to win a medal.
• Gillies was one of three goalies named to the team and one of two Hockey East players (Boston College forward John Gaudreau) to make the team.
• Players selected to the preliminary roster participated in a training camp, Dec. 16-18, at the New York Rangers’ Madison Square Garden Training Center in Tarrytown, N.Y.
• The camp then moved to Helsinki, Finland, from Dec. 19-23.
• The 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Junior Championship began play in Ufa, Russia, on Dec. 26, 2012.
• In their first game, Gillies and Team USA downed Germany, 8-0, on Dec. 27. Gillies played the third period and stopped all seven shots he faced.
• The U.S. then lost to Russia (2-1 on Dec. 28) and Canada (2-1 on Dec. 30) before beating Slovakia on Dec. 31 (9-3). Gillies dressed as John Gibson’s backup for each of those games.
• In the quarterfinals, the U.S. downed the Czech Republic, 7-0 (Jan. 2) with Gillies again dressing as the lone backup.
• The U.S. downed Canada in the semifinals, 5-1, on Thursday, Jan. 3, paving the way for a 3-1 win over Sweden in the gold medal game.
• Gillies served as John Gibson’s primary backup throughout the tournament and will be eligible to play for the U.S. squad at next year’s World Junior Championship, which is slated to take place in Malmo, Sweden. Gibson was named the Most Valuable Player at this year’s tournament as the U.S. won gold for just the third time (2004 and 2010).
• Current Denver University assistant coach and 1984 graduate of Providence College, David Lassonde was also part of the gold-medal winning effort as he assisted Head Coach Phil Housley.
Senior Tim Schaller scored the game-winning goal with 37 seconds to play in overtime to lift the Friars to a 3-2 win at Merrimack on Nov. 30.
• It was Providence’s first overtime road win since Jan. 13, 2006 when the Friars won 3-2 at UMass Lowell on a Colin McDonald game winner.
• It was Schaller’s fifth career game-winning goal.
• It was also the first overtime game-winning goal scored by a Friar since Dec. 2, 2011, when Ross Mauermann’s overtime tally helped Providence down then top-ranked Merrimack, 2-1.
• Schaller’s goal handed Merrimack its first home overtime loss at Lawler Arena since Halloween night in 2008, when Merrimack was defeated by Boston College.
With Jon Gillies away with Team USA at the World Junior Championship, senior Russ Stein made his first career starts for the Friars: a 4-4 tie with Vermont on Dec. 20, a 4-3 overtime loss at No. 14 Minnesota State on Jan. 4 and a 4-0 loss at No. 14 Minnesota State on Jan. 5
• Stein made 28 saves against UVM and followed up with 31 and 33 saves at Minnesota State.
• Five of the 12 goals scored on Stein during his stint as the Friars’ starter were power-play goals, including a 5-on-3 tally by Minnesota State.
• Stein’s other career appearances came in the final period versus Sacred Heart (Oct. 12, 2012) and at No. 7 Merrimack (March 4, 2011), where he made his collegiate debut with 12 saves.
CAREER DAY FROM HART RETURNS MAYOR’S CUP TO FRIARTOWN
With a 7-0 win at Brown on Nov. 24, the Friars claimed the Mayor’s Cup in outright fashion for the first time since Nov. 17, 2009 (at PC 4, Brown 3).
• The Friars improved to 15-9-3 in Mayor’s Cup games and to 45-44-3 all-time versus cross-town rival Brown.
• Jon Gillies became the first Friar goalie to post a shutout at Brown’s Meehan Auditorium.
• Seven different Friars scored Providence’s seven goals, including freshman Tom Parisi netting his first career goal (Kevin Rooney also notched an assist for his first career point).
• Kevin Hart had a goal and three assists versus the Bears (his previous career high for points in a game was a two assist effort versus Merrimack last season).
• The Friar power-play went 3-for-7, marking the first three power-play goal game for the Friars since going 5-for-14 in a 6-1 win over then No. 1 Merrimack on Dec. 3, 2011.
HAT TRICK HERO: Derek Army
On Friday, Nov. 16, junior Derek Army netted his first career hat trick to lead the Friars past Northeastern, 6-2.
• In addition to becoming the first Hockey East player to register a hat trick this season, Army became the first Friar to score three goals in a game since Tim Schaller did so on Nov. 4, 2011 (vs. Vermont).
• It marked the 12th Friar hat trick since the 2000-01 season.
MAKING DRAFT HISTORY
Freshmen Mark Jankowski and Jon Gillies were selected in the 2012 NHL Draft which took place on June 22-23 in Pittsburgh, Pa. Jankowski was picked in the first round (21st overall) by the Calgary Flames and Gillies was taken in the third round (75th overall), also by Calgary.
• Jankowski is the third Friar ever to be picked in the first round and the first since 1992 when Joe Hulbig was picked 13th overall. The other Friar to be selected in the first round was Tom Fitzgerald, who was picked 17th overall in 1986.
• Gillies was the first Providence goalie to be drafted since Bobby Goepfert was chosen in the sixth round (121st overall) by Pittsburgh in 2002.
SCHNEIDER ARENA RENOVATIONS
Beginning in December of 2012, Schneider Arena is currently undergoing extensive renovations that will include a 35,000 square foot addition, new locker rooms, a state of the art training facility and weight rooms, luxury boxes as well as new sound and video systems, a new ticket office and new coaches offices.
• Schneider Arena originally opened in 1973 and was dedicated and named in memory of the late Reverend Herman D. Schneider, O.P., the founder of the Friars’ hockey program and a long-time member of the school’s faculty.
• Built at a cost of $1.8 million dollars in 1973, the Schneider Arena ice skating facility currently seats 3,030 comfortably for hockey games.
• Due to construction (and Fire Exit access), capacity of the building has been lowered from 3,030 to 2,089 for the 2013 portion of the Friars’ 2012-13 schedule.
• Nick Saracino’s older brother, Chris, is a senior defenseman at RIT (ECAC).
• Kevin Hart’s younger brother, Brian, is a freshman forward at Harvard (ECAC).
• Brandon Tanev’s older brother, Chris, is a defenseman for the Vancouver Canucks (NHL). Chris Tanev played the 2009-10 season at RIT, when Chris Saracino was a freshman for the Tigers.
• Kyle Murphy’s older brother, Ryan, played at BC and graduated in 2005.
• Chris Rooney’s older brother, Steve, played at BC and graduated in 2007.
• Derek Army’s younger brother, Travis, is a freshman defenseman with Stonehill (DIII - Northeast-10), where he is teammates with Kevin Rooney’s older brother, Bryan, who is a junior forward.
FRIAR FAMILY TIES
Providence College seniors Chris Rooney and Alex Velischek as well as junior Derek Army are sons of former Friar hockey greats.
• Chris Rooney is the son of former Friar, Steve Rooney. Steve scored the game-winning goal as the Friars defeated Boston College, 2-1, in double overtime in the inaugural Hockey East championship game in 1985. Steve went on to play in the NHL for the Montreal Canadiens team that claimed the 1986 Stanley Cup title. (Steve is also current Friar freshman Kevin Rooney’s uncle).
• Alex is the son of former Friar Randy Velischek, who was named ECAC Player of the year in 1982-83 and earned All-America honors. Randy, who helped the Friars to the 1981 ECAC championship and two NCAA Tournament appearances (1981, 1983), played 10 seasons in the NHL (509 games).
• Derek is the son of former PC standout and current assistant coach of the Colorado Avalanche, Tim Army. Tim ranks first all-time in games played (151) and sixth all-time in points (179) at Providence. He earned All-America honors as he helped the Friars capture the 1985 Hockey East Tournament title and guided the team to the NCAA Championship game.
HARVEY COMES OUT HOT
Senior assistant captain Myles Harvey, who came into the season with 13 assists in 91 career games played, posted seven assists in the first five games of the 2012-13 season.
• Harvey was the only Friar to notch a point in each of the first five games this season and had two-assist efforts against Sacred Heart (Oct. 12) and Maine (Oct. 26).
• Last season, Harvey set a career high with 10 assists on the year.
• The five-game point streak was a career long mark.
• Harvey has a career-high 11 assists this season (he had 10 assist in 38 games as a junior) and scored his first goal of the year at Boston University on Jan. 26.
NEWCOMERS & DEBUTS
• The 2012-13 Friar roster features 12 freshmen, a red shirt freshman and senior captain Kyle Murphy, all of whom entered the year having not played a game for the Friars.
• Murphy, who practiced with the team throughout the 2011-12 season, notched his first career goal versus Sacred Heart in his return to college hockey (he previously played 17 games for Notre Dame in 2009-10).
• Red shirt freshman Noel Acciari has seen his first action after sitting out last season. He recorded his first career point with an assist in the win over Sacred Heart.
• Six freshmen made their Providence debuts in the win over Sacred Heart including (first career points): Mark Jankowski (2G), Steven McParland (1A), Paul de Jersey (1G, 1A), Kevin Rooney, John Gilmour (2A) and Jon Gillies (14 saves in 40:00 mins.).
• Freshman Brandon Tanev then made his debut at Boston University (Oct. 13) and recorded his first goal and assist in Providence’s 3-2 win at Vermont (Nov. 2).
• Freshman defenseman Tom Parisi made his debut, in the second game of the weekend series at Vermont (Nov. 3).
• Freshman Nick Saracino made his debut, versus Northeastern on Nov. 16.
• Freshman forward Brooks Behling made his debut at Minnesota State on Jan. 5.
• Freshman Will Goss made his debut at UMass Lowell on Jan. 17.
TEAM IMPACT: KEVIN RICH JOINS THE FRIARS
On Sept. 20, the Providence College men’s hockey team welcomed its newest team member, Kevin Rich, to the squad. Joining the Friars through Team IMPACT, Rich is a seven year old from Mansfield, Mass., who has battled Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia since being diagnosed at the age of four.
• Kevin, along with his parents Cara and Walter, met his new teammates for the first time on that Thursday afternoon (Sept. 20) at Schneider Arena as part of Kevin’s official “draft” onto the team.
• Friar captains Tim Schaller, Kyle Murphy and Myles Harvey presented Kevin with a customized Providence College hockey jersey to welcome him to the team.
• Kevin has been fighting Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, which is the most common form of leukemia found in children. He was initially diagnosed in September of 2009.
• Team IMPACT is a non-profit organization created to improve the quality of life for children facing life-threatening illnesses. The organization strives to harness the power of teamwork by matching courageous kids with college athletic teams across the Northeast.
• Other activities Kevin has done surrounding the team include dropping the puck as part of a ceremonial face-off prior to the BC game on Dec. 7, trick-or-treating with members of the Friars and attending the 2013 AHL all-star game with several Friars at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.
FRIAR NCAA DIV. I HEAD COACHING TREE
• On Sept. 26, former Providence College First Team All-American Kurt Kleinendorst ’83 was named head coach of the men’s ice hockey team at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. A finalist for the 1983 Hobey Baker Award, Kleinendorst ranks fifth all-time at Providence in career points with 89 goals and 103 assists. He helped Providence to a pair of NCAA Tournaments and was the team’s leading scorer as a junior and senior.
• Kleinendorst joins Rick Bennett ‘90 as alums who hold head coaching positions at NCAA Div. I schools. Bennett enters his second season behind the bench at Union College, where he replaced the departed Nate Leaman prior to last season.
• Additionally, 1992 Providence College graduate and former assistant coach David Berard took over interim head coaching duties at Connecticut on Nov. 6 and will remain with that title for the rest of the season as longtime Husky Head Coach Bruce Marshall resigned following a medical leave of absence.
Former Providence College student-athlete, hockey coach, athletics director, Hockey East commissioner and current New Jersey Devils President/CEO/General Manager, Lou Lamoriello, was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday, Oct. 15, in a ceremony at the Plaza of the Americas Atrium in Dallas, Texas.
• Lamoriello was joined in the 40th U.S. Hall of Fame class by former Dallas Stars player Mike Modano and former player/current television analyst Ed Olczyk (Steve Levy of ESPN served as the master of ceremonies).
OPENING ON THE OFFENSIVE
• The Friars’ 8-2 season-opening win over Sacred Heart, Providence scored eight goals for the first time since posting an 8-2 win at Bowling Green on Oct. 23, 2009.
• Against Sacred Heart, the Friars put 59 shots on net, the highest Providence total since reaching 61 shots on goal in a 7-2 win over SHU on Oct. 11, 2003.
SIGN ‘EM UP
Head coach Nate Leaman announced the signing of three student-athletes to National Letters of Intent (NLI’s) during the early signing period, including defensemen Anthony Florentino and Kyle McKenzie as well as goaltender Nick Ellis.
• Florentino is a 6’2, 205-pound defenseman from West Roxbury, Mass., who plays for the South Kent School of the New England Prep School Ice Hockey Association (NEPSIHA).
• McKenzie is a 6’0, 190-pound defenseman for the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the United States Hockey League (USHL) and is a native of Aston, Pa.
• Ellis is a goaltender currently playing for the Des Moines Buccaneers, also of the USHL. Last season, the 6’0 goalie played for the Pomfret School in Connecticut, which also plays in the NEPSIHA. He is a native of Millersville, Md.
BOBACK INDUCTED TO PC HOF
The Providence College Athletic Department inducted former Friar great Mike Boback ‘92 into its Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013.
• Boback ranks fourth all-time in points at PC (201) and second in assists (128). He is one of only four PC players to register more than 200 points in his career and he was named First Team All-Hockey East in 1990 and 1992.
• Boback helped lead the Friars to two NCAA appearances, including a run to the `88-89 NCAA Quarterfinals, and was a part of four 20-win seasons with the Friars.
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USA Hockey announced today that Ron Wilson '77 (Riverside, R.I.) has been named head coach of the 2016 U.S. National Junior Team.
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Providence College men's hockey Associate Head Coach Steve Miller has stepped down for family reasons it was announced by Head Coach Nate Leaman (May 23).
Former Friar Hal Gill...
Hal Gill '97, who played 16 NHL seasons and won the Stanley Cup in 2009 with the Pittsburgh Penguins, has announced his retirement.