UCONN Hockey is heading in the right direction. As this past season will attest finishing fourth in the Atlantic Hockey conference at 19-14-4, UCONN has already shown flashes that with a plan in place, moving forward is a priority.
Dave Berard who was at the helm for most of the year as the Interim head coach was recently replaced by BC assistant Mike Cavanaugh
. For those of you that don't follow college hockey, BC has been at the pinnacle of D-1 hockey for the last decade and beyond. They along with Boston University have ruled the Hockey East conference.
It is important to point out that without scholarships to give out, the hockey program struggled mightily. Now with our invitation to Hockey East the University will be offering scholarships on a yearly basis starting with enrollment this fall. Our maximum scholarship players will be at 20. There is also an agreement in place with Hockey East that a new facility will be under contract by 2016. This is important for many reasons. Just like in any major sport the facility can help land the blue chip recruit. Of course the coach has more of an impact (Calhoun started with nothing) but with state of the art facilities it makes the coaches job easier.
What the hockey program will need is total support from the state. With the men's basketball program back on track and the football program making strides we need to back hockey. This past season the huskies played Air Force at the XL center before a whale game. The game was very competitive however with only a few hundred fans in attendance the center seemed like a graveyard. Pass the word along to go out and learn about hockey so we can support this team on their way to Hockey East. We have kicked BC around in Basketball and I'm sure lately we could destroy them in football. Now is the time to get on the bandwagon and watch them creep up on BC dominance in Hockey. Enjoy