Monday, August 3, 2015

Ex-Union coach Delventhal to retire Jan. 1

by Ryan Fay

Former Union head coach Bruce Delventhal announced Monday that he will retire as SUNY Plattsburgh's athletics director on Jan 1.

Delventhal has spent the last ten years in the role.

"It has been an honor to be the athletic director at SUNY Plattsburgh for the past 10 years," Delventhal said in a statement. "I have been fortunate to work with a terrific coaching staff and wonderful student athletes who have represented their teams, the college and the community in the very best possible manner. It is impossible to properly express my thanks and admiration for the efforts of our students and their coaches. My pride in SUNY Plattsburgh intercollegiate athletics is beyond words."

Under Delventhal's watch, the Cardinals women's hockey team won four national titles (2007, 2008, 2014, 2015). He also oversaw several facility renovations and created Friends of Plattsburgh State Athletics, the fundraising arm of the department.

Delventhal served as the Dutchmen's head coach from 1988-96. He helped the program make the transition from Division III to Division I in 1991. He later guided the team to its first winning season in D1 play, going 15-11-4 in 1993-94.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Campbell, Morrison lead HOF class of 2015

by Ryan Fay

Hockey will be well represented when the Union College Athletics Hall of Fame inducts the Class of 2015 on November 14 at College Park Hall.

Men's forward Terry Campbell, men's head coach Charlie Morrison, the 1983-84 men's team and women's forward Molly Flanagan Larkin are among the inductees getting enshrined.

Non-hockey inductees include Joe Clinton (basketball, baseball), Brian Field (swimming and diving), Kate Smith Serrano (soccer, basketball) and the 1965 baseball team.

A bit about the hockey inductees:

Terry Campbell
Campbell starred for Union from 1987-91 and led the program in scoring each season. He finished his career with 170 points on 51 goals and 119 assists. The points and assists totals are team records. He was named an ACHA All-American in 1991, becoming the first Union forward to garner the honor.

Charlie Morrison
Morrison took over as the Dutchmen's head coach prior to the 1978-79 campaign. He posted 122 wins over the next ten seasons, the second-most in school history behind Nate Leaman's 138 victories. Morrison guided the Dutchmen to three straight NCAA tournaments, including the Division III championship game against Babson College in 1983-84. The beloved coach passed away unexpectedly while on a recruiting trip in April 1988.

1983-84 men's hockey
This Morrison-led squad went 19-11-1 and advanced to the Division III title game against Babson College. The Dutchmen advanced to the championship game after Gil Egan's desperation shot gave Union a 5-4 four overtime win over RIT in the semifinals. 

VIDEO: To see Egan's miracle goal, click here.

In addition to Egan, Union's all-time goals leader with 83, other standouts included Jamie Knight, Joe Caruso, Curt Cole, Wayne McDougall, Tom Hodgins, Scott Richardson, Gary Temush, Nelson Said and Duane Joyce. Egan (2008) and McDougall (2005) previously earned individual inductions to the Hall of Fame.

Molly Flanagan Larkin
Larkin played one season of hockey (2002-03) but made it count by posting 14 goals and 16 assists. She made her greatest impact at Union in other sports. She racked up four All-America honors in lacrosse and two regional All-America selections in soccer. Larkin graduated in 2005 as the women's lacrosse program's career points leader with 294. She currently ranks second.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

18 Dutchmen make ECAC Hockey All-Academic team

by Ryan Fay

Union placed 18 players on the ECAC Hockey men's All-Academic team, the league announced Monday.

The 18 players on the team are JC Brassard, Sam Coatta, Nick Cruice, Theo Di Pauli, Spencer Foo, Sebastien Gingras, Noah Henry, Tyler Hynes, Matt Krug, Eli Lichtenwald, Connor Light, Max Novak, Dillon Pieri, Michael Pontarelli, David Roy, Ryan Scarfo, Charlie Vasaturo and Mike Vecchione.

Union had 17 players on the All-Academic team last year.

Players make the All-Academic team if they post a cumulative grade point average of at least a 3.00 on a 4.00 scale or have a GPA over 3.00 over the past three semesters.

It was also announced that DiPauli made the Commissioner's List, an honor given to each program’s top scholar from the 2014-15 season.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Lundberg, Johnston sign with Riveters

by Ryan Fay

Former Union women's hockey players Shenae Lundberg and Ashley Johnston will be teammates again next season.

The pair signed with the Brooklyn-based New York Riveters on Sunday. The Riveters are one of four teams in the National Women's Hockey League, a new professional league that begins play this fall.

Lundberg (l) and Johnston (r)
Lundberg, a goalie, appeared 110 career games with the Dutchwomen from 2011-15. She ranks first in program history in wins (20), shutouts (6) and saves (3,023). Her 2.90 goals-against average is second-best in team history.

"I've trained pretty much my whole life looking for an opportunity like this and it's pretty special to be a part of something so new and revolutionary in women's hockey," Lundberg said. "This is the next big step and I'm just really lucky to be a part of it."

Johnston played for Union from 2010-14 and posted five goals and 14 assists in 130 career games. The defenseman was a Hockey Humanitarian finalist in 2014 for her research and development of a prosthetic limb made to grow as a child grows. She stayed at Union last season to serve as the Dutchwomen's volunteer assistant coach.

"I work really hard. I have a lot of grit, so day in and day out my teammates will know what to expect. It'll be the same hard play every single time," Johnston said. "This is a huge step for women's hockey -- the first paid professional hockey league. To be a part of that is very humbling and I'm pretty honored."

Riveters general manager Dani Rylan likes what Lundberg and Johnston can bring to the team.

"We're bringing in two solid, consistent players with Lundberg and Johnston," said Rylan. "Shenae helped bring Union to the next level and we look for her to have a similar impact with the Riveters. Ashley is a strong blueliner who's always in the right place and not afraid to jump up into the play."

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Former Union standout Jooris re-ups with Flames

by Ryan Fay

Jooris in action last season
Former Union forward Josh Jooris avoided salary arbitration with the Calgary Flames by re-signing with the team on Friday.

Jooris, who was a restricted free agent, signed a one-year, one-way deal worth $975,000. His previous deal carried an average annual value of $925,000. The two sides were scheduled to go to an arbitration hearing on July 28 if a new deal wasn't reached.

"[I'm] just thrilled and grateful to be back in Calgary," said Jooris, who posted 29 goals and 59 assists in 117 contests with Union from 2010-13. "It's a great Canadian hockey city and I am real excited to build off last season. I'm happy that a hearing wasn't needed and I am grateful for another opportunity."

Jooris began last season with the AHL's Adirondack Flames, but was called up to Calgary on Oct. 16. He scored a goal in his NHL debut against Columbus the following night. On Dec. 2, Jooris became the first former Union player to record a hat trick in the NHL when he accomplished the feat in a win over Arizona. He finished with 12 goals and 12 assists in 60 games with Calgary.

Jooris originally joined Calgary's organization in July 2013 when he signed a two-year free-agent deal not long before what would have been his senior year at Union. He spent the 2013-14 campaign with the AHL's Abbotsford Heat and posted 11 goals and 16 assists in 73 contests.

In addition to the new contract, Jooris will also have a new jersey number this season. The Flames recently announced that Jooris switched from No. 86 to No. 16.