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

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Saratoga Race Course to honor Dutchmen

by Ryan Fay

The honors keep pouring in for NCAA-hockey champion Union.

The Saratoga Race Course will honor the Dutchmen tomorrow during the track's sixth annual College Day. The third race (around 2 p.m.) is in honor of the Dutchmen, and head coach Rick Bennett will be in the Winner's Circle congratulating the race winners.  

Additionally, the national championship trophy will be on display throughout the afternoon near the Big Red Spring in the track's picnic area.

Providence hires ex-Union goalie Mayotte

by Ryan Fay

Former Union goaltender Kris Mayotte was hired as an assistant coach at Providence, the school announced Wednesday.

Mayotte, who spent the past two seasons as an assistant at St. Lawrence, replaces former Union assistant Ben Barr. Barr was named associate head coach at Western Michigan in June.

The 31-year-old Mayotte is reunited with Providence head coach Nate Leaman, who coached him at Union from 2003-2006.

"Kris has developed into a bright, young hockey mind that our players are going to benefit greatly from working with," Leaman said. "A tireless recruiter, he will work with all aspects of our program, including the goaltenders. He has a tremendous work ethic and a positive energy that will bring a lot to our program."

Mayotte, who holds Union's Division I era goaltender wins record with 46, is excited to join the Providence staff.

"I have certainly followed coach Leaman's career and been impressed with the success of his Friar teams over the past few seasons and I could not be more excited to join the team and help to continue building on that success," he said. "It is a great time to be part of the hockey program at Providence College and I am ready to get to work with the players and staff."

Mayotte began his collegiate coaching career with a stint as a volunteer assistant at Cornell during the 2011-2012 season.