Thursday, August 28, 2014

Dutchmen to appear on NBCSN

by Ryan Fay

Union's first-ever meeting against Boston University will be getting special treatment.

NBC Sports Network announced Thursday that it will air the game, set for 7 p.m. on Jan. 3 at Boston University.

Union's last appearance on NBCSN was Feb. 1, 2013, when the Dutchmen skated to a 2-2 tie with Dartmouth.

It was also announced that Union's game against Notre Dame in the Shillelagh Tournament will be streamed on and through the NBC Sports Extra App. The game is scheduled for Nov. 28 at 7:30 p.m.

Here are the full schedules:


Friday, October 17Lake Superior State – Notre Dame7:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 18Lake Superior State – Notre Dame6 p.m.
Saturday, October 25Niagara – Notre Dame7 p.m.
Friday, October 31Vermont - Notre Dame8:00 p.m.
Friday, November 7Boston University – Boston College8 p.m.
Friday, November 21UMass-Lowell – Notre Dame7:30 p.m.
Friday, December 5Boston College – New Hampshire8 p.m.
Saturday, December 6Maine – UMass-Lowell8 p.m.
Saturday, January 3Union – Boston University7 p.m.
Friday, January 9Dartmouth – New Hampshire7:30 p.m.
Saturday, January 10Western Michigan – Notre Dame6 p.m.
Saturday, January 10Rivalry on Ice: Harvard – Yale8:15 p.m.
Friday, January 16Connecticut – Notre Dame7:30 p.m.
Saturday, January 17UMass – New Hampshire6:30 p.m.
Saturday, January 31New Hampshire – Notre Dame6:30 p.m.
Friday, February 13Providence – Notre Dame7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 14Providence – Notre Dame8 p.m.
Friday, February 27Boston College – Notre Dame7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 28Boston College – Notre Dame6 p.m.

*All times listed are ET and subject to change.

Friday, October 10RPI – Notre Dame7:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 12Minnesota – Notre Dame3:30 p.m.
Friday, October 24Niagara – Notre Dame7:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 1Vermont – Notre Dame7 p.m.
Thursday, November 20UMass-Lowell – Notre Dame7:30 p.m.
Friday, November 28Union – Notre Dame7:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 29Shillelagh Tournament7:30 p.m.
Friday, January 30New Hampshire – Notre Dame7:30 p.m.

*All times listed are ET and subject to change.

Boe promoted to associate head coach

by Ryan Fay

Union women's hockey assistant coach Ali Boe has been promoted to associate head coach, the school announced Thursday.

The move comes after Boe completed her MBA earlier this summer.

"I am so proud of Ali and how hard she has worked to complete her MBA," said Union head coach Claudia Asano Barcomb. "It has helped her grow as a professional and she has done an excellent job of balancing everything. Our team is privileged to have her as an associate head coach."

Under Boe's tutelage, Dutchwomen goaltenders have collected 13 ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Week honors and one Goaltender of the Month honor. She has worked closely with senior Shenae Lundberg, who became the program's all-time winningest goalie last season and is on pace to set a new program mark for career saves.

Before arriving at Union in August 2007, Boe spent a season tending goal for the Calgary Oval X-Treme of the Western Women's Hockey League. She played collegiately at Harvard and led the Crimson to three consecutive ECACH tournament titles and three Frozen Four championship game appearances from 2003-2005.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Bennett to be honored in September

by Ryan Fay

Union men's hockey head coach Rick Bennett will be honored at the ninth annual Coaches vs. Cancer Basket Ball, set for Sept. 24 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Troy.

Bennett will be presented the Inspiration Award for his efforts in the fight against cancer. Earlier this year, Bennett had his head shaved during the "Shave in Solidarity" event at Proctors Theatre to show solidarity with children fighting childhood cancer.

Former UConn men's basketball head coach Jim Calhoun is also slated to be honored and will be given the Fighting Spirit Award.

The event will be co-hosted by University at Albany men's basketball head coach Will Brown and Siena men's basketball head coach Jimmy Patsos.

Individual tickets cost $100 and are available for purchase here.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Sullivan to attend Bruins rookie camp

by Ryan Fay

Former Union forward Kevin Sullivan will attend Boston Bruins rookie camp on a tryout basis, the team announced Thursday.

Sullivan set career-highs in goals (nine), assists (29) and games (39) last season. He was at his best when it mattered most, piling up a goal and seven assists in four NCAA Tournament games. His late third period goal against Minnesota in the national championship game helped give the Dutchmen their first NCAA championship.

In 132 career games at Union, Sullivan recorded 23 goals and 54 assists.

The Bruins' rookie camp begins Sept. 11 and includes three games in Antioch, Tenn., at the Nashville Predators practice facility.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Coburn signs with HC Amiens Somme

by Ryan Fay

Former Union defenseman Greg Coburn has signed with HC Amiens Somme of the French Elite League.

Coburn spent last season with the ECHL's Las Vegas Wranglers, where he played alongside two of his former Union teammates, defensemen Ryan Forgaard and Nolan Julseth-White. Coburn had five goals and 15 assists in 69 games for the Wranglers, who suspended operations this season.

The 25-year-old will be reunited this season with another former Union teammate, defenseman Shawn Stuart. He signed with HC Amiens Somme in July.

Coburn recorded 20 goals and 53 assists in 153 career games with Union from 2009-2013.

Fox inks deal with CHL's Sundogs

by Ryan Fay

Former Union forward T.J Fox signed with the Central Hockey League's Arizona Sundogs for the 2014-2015 season, the club announced Wednesday.

“I am extremely grateful that [Sundogs head coach Kevin] Colley has given me the opportunity to join the Sundogs organization," Fox said. “I’m looking forward to the start of the season, and to begin working alongside my teammates to bring the President’s Cup back to the fans in Prescott Valley."

The 30-year-old spent last season with the CHL's Denver Cutthroats, where he collected eight goals and 19 assists in 63 regular season games. He aided Denver's march to the CHL finals by adding six assists in 16 postseason games.

Fox registered 21 goals and 36 assists in 66 career games with Union from 2005-2007. He signed with the San Jose Sharks after leading the Dutchmen in scoring during his sophomore season with 13 goals and 24 assists in 36 games. He spent two seasons with the American Hockey League's Worcester Sharks and recorded 19 goals and 23 assists in 150 career games.

In addition to the AHL and CHL, the eighth-year pro from Oswego has also played in Germany and the ECHL.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Recruit Walker to play for Sioux City

by Ryan Fay

Ryan Walker, who is committed to Union for the 2016-2017 season, will play for the Sioux City Musketeers of the U.S Hockey League during the upcoming season.

The Musketeers drafted Walker in the sixth round (102nd overall) in the Phase II portion of the 2014 USHL Draft. The 17-year-old forward completed camp with the Musketeers earlier this summer and was named to their active 25-man roster for the upcoming season.

The Musketeers depart for Ufa, Russia on August 14th to play in the Junior World Cup Tournament. The regular season begins Sept. 26 against Omaha.

“I’m extremely excited to get the opportunity to play for the Sioux City Musketeers," Walker said. “Going to Russia will be an unforgettable experience and I can’t wait for the season to start.”

Walker skated with the U-16 New Jersey Titans of the Atlantic Youth Hockey League last season. He piled up 17 goals and 43 assists in 26 games.

“The Titans are very proud of Ryan and look forward to seeing him continue to hone his skills at the next level,” said Titans President George Haviland.

The Musketeers are coached by Jay Varady, a forward at Union from 1997-2000.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Dutchmen staying on WPTR

by Ryan Fay

Don't change that radio dial.

Union College men's hockey games will continue to be broadcast on WPTR (1240 AM) after the college signed a three-year extension Monday with Empire Broadcasting Corporation.

The deal also includes the "Union Hockey Coaches Corner" show from the Van Dyck Restaurant in downtown Schenectady. Eleven shows will be broadcast during the 2014-2015 season, with the first slated for Oct. 7. Two shows will air each month through March with the exception of December, when only one will air.

“Union College has a tradition of tremendous academic and athletic excellence and Empire Broadcasting is fortunate to be partnering up as the exclusive radio network for the next three years," said Neerav Patel, Chief Operating Officer/Principal of Empire Broadcasting Corporation.

Play-by-play announcer Matt DuBrey and analyst Brian Unger return behind the mic. DuBrey will continue as host of the coaches show, which debuted in 2011.

The extension also includes the broadcasts of Union football games. Frank Rossi returns to call the action.

"We are pleased to continue our excellent relationship with Empire Broadcasting Corporation, particularly for a three year period," said Eric McDowell, Assistant Athletic Director/Sports Information at Union. "I thank Neerav and his staff, and we look forward to the continued exposure and promotional opportunities with Walt Adams and other on-air personalities with their family of stations."

The games and shows will be streamed online at