Colby plans to build a new rink!!

Colby’s new rink will be part of a massive new athletic complex that will bring all of Colby’s indoor sports’ activities under a single roof. The complex will cost $200 million and be built over a 3-year period, with 2020 the anticipated date of completion. Eventually Colby’s long-time home rink (Alfond) will be demolished. For context, here’s a link to Colby’s plans for the new complex.

Here is an artist’s rendering of the new rink:

NESCAC Quarterfinals Preview

The quarterfinal games are evenly split between 1 pm and 3 pm start times, with the early start times for 2 of the 4 games (Bowdoin at Hamilton and Tufts at Trinity) due to the host team also hosting a women’s quarterfinal game on Saturday. In 3 of the 4 games, the higher seed (Hamilton, Colby, Trinity) has a clear edge in momentum, making the home team the clear favorite.  In the fourth game (no. 5 Amherst at no. 4 Williams), neither team has any real momentum going into the quarterfinals but Williams has a slight edge due to the home ice advantage and Amherst’s struggles on the road.

So from our vantage point, we may be looking at something shocking in the NESCAC – an upset-free set of quarterfinal games. That last happened 8 years ago in the 2009 play-offs (it almost also happened in 2012 and 2013 but for the no. 5 seed defeating the no. 4 seed in each of those years). Predictions are just predictions, of course, and anything can happen on the ice, especially in this era of parity where narrow statistical analyses do not determine the actual outcome of games. Continue reading

two D1 transfers and one D3 transfer to NESCAC schools at the semester break

Updated on Jan. 6, 2017, to add a Conn College transfer

Two goalies transferred to NESCAC schools at the semester break from other college programs, with former Quinnipiac goalie Sean Lawrence transferring to Colby and former Endicott goalie Connor Rodericks transferring to Conn College. Former Bentley d-man Andy Chugg transferred to Trinity at the semester break and has already seen action in Trinity’s 2-1 win over Adrian.

Lawrence has gaudy junior credentials from the USPHL (league MVP, for example, in 2014 for the Boston Jr Bruins) but saw little action at Quinnipiac (7 games over 2 seasons with weak stats). Rodericks had solid stats during two years with the Walpole Express in the EHL and got the start and the win in his first game since joining the Camels (a 5-2 win over Manhattanville on Jan. 5) although he did not see action for Endicott. Chugg played in 12 games for Bentley in his one year with the Falcons. All three should play significant roles for their new teams, with each player providing needed depth at key positions (Andrew Tucci has been spectacular in net for the Mules but, before the Lawrence transfer, Colby did not have an experienced goalie as an alternative to Tucci; Conn College has relied on a threesome of inexperienced goalies). Go here for more detail on their backgrounds.

Colby’s 2016-17 roster posted

Colby leads the way by postings its 28-man roster for 2016-17, with a strong 8-member senior class, 8 juniors, 6 sophomores, and 6 freshmen.

There is one very big surprise, which is that goalie Emerson Verrier is not listed on the roster and, in fact, is no longer a Colby student. Verrier would have been a junior had he returned to Colby this year and played in every single game for the Mules in 2015-16. He was a workhorse, who often impressed in 2015-16, with solid numbers for Colby, playing every single minute of every one of Colby’s 25 games. His stats were a very respectable at a .916 save average and a a 2.67 GAA. His absence from the Colby line-up this season means that freshman Andrew Tucci will likely be called on to step into the breach and shoulder much of the load in net during the upcoming season. Tucci had solid but not spectacular numbers for the Hawkesbury Hawks in the CCHL (22 GP: 2.75 GAA; .897 save percentage) in 2015-16 and excellent numbers during an outstanding 3-year prep career at Choate (Founders).

Colby and Bowdoin previews

Good commentary from the coaches and data for each team, courtesy of the Maine Hockey Journal, which does such a nice job covering all Maine-related hockey news.

Colby preview

Bowdoin preview

Colby roster posted

Colby posted its 27-member roster today, consisting of 21 veterans and 6 recruits. No surprises in terms of returning players as all expected veterans are listed on the roster. The only name missing from our recruits database is d-man Ray Seebeck, a Colby freshman and product of the 2015 New England prep champion, Salisbury. Not yet in our database (but soon to be added) is freshman goalie Robbie DeAngelo, a 2015 graduate of Boston Latin, with limited experience, but whose services as a back-up goalie could be needed with only three goalies on the roster.

Eight days to the first NESCAC game on November 19 and seven rosters to go!!

Colby establishes a $2 million endowment for head hockey coach

Colby has announced the creation of the Jack Kelley Head Coach for Colby Men’s Hockey endowment. The endowment consists of a $2 million fund that was raised by former Colby players, alumni, and parents and honors former Colby Head Coach John H. (“Jack”) Kelley, who coached at Colby from 1955 to 1962 and then again for the 1975-76 season, with a stint as Boston University’s head hockey coach (1962-72) and then a long and distinguished professional career as a coach and general manager, starting with the WHA’s New England Whalers’ franchise in 1972 (1972-75 and 1977-81) and ending as president of the Pittsburgh Penguins (1993-2001). Kelley coached the Colby team in an era when the Mules played very elite hockey and there was little-to-no distinction among the divisions. One need only look at the all-American team for 1962, which contained two Colby players (Ron Ryan and Frank Stephenson), one Middlebury player (Dates Fryberger), a Harvard player, a St Lawrence rep, and a BC player, to understand what a different world college hockey once was.