September 30, 2014

Fratkin Signs on as St. Michael's Assistant

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COLCHESTER, Vt. - Former Wesleyan player Casey Fratkin has been named the top assistant coach of the Saint Michael's College men's ice hockey team, head coach Damian DiGiulian announced on Friday.

"I would like to thank Coach DiGiulian and the Saint Michael's College Athletic Department for the opportunity to work for the men's ice hockey program," said Fratkin. "This is a hockey program that is headed in the right direction under Damian's guidance, and I am excited to work and learn from him during this upcoming season. Furthermore, Saint Michael's is an outstanding academic institution, and I could not think of a better place to begin my collegiate coaching career."

This winter will mark the ninth season that Fratkin has been involved with coaching in some capacity. Since 2006, the Burnaby, British Columbia, native has worked with multiple amateur hockey programs in the Vancouver, British Columbia, area. Beginning in 2011, Fratkin began working for Elite Hockey Shooters, where he oversaw player development for various age groups, including college players. In 2012 and 2013, he was behind the bench to guide Team Canada West to a combined 4-1-1 record in the Chowder Cup in Boston.

"We are thrilled to have Casey join the Saint Michael's hockey family," said DiGiulian, who begins his third season at the College this school year. "Casey stood out in the interview process as an intelligent, thoughtful and dedicated young coach who will bring good energy to our program. His desire to be a coach and his work ethic sets him apart from many young coaches out there. Along with our two other coaches, Brent Truchon and Ryan Garrow, I am confident that we will have a coaching staff that is committed to helping our student-athletes reach their highest potential."

Fratkin began volunteering in 2006 as an on-ice instructor and mentor for the Hockey Education Reaching Out Society (HEROS), a Vancouver-based program dedicated to teaching basic hockey skills to economically-challenged youths. Fratkin has also devoted time to the Two-Way Hockey School since 2008, while also taking the head coaching duties for the Vancouver Ravens Hockey Club pee-wee team in spring 2010.

Fratkin comes to Saint Michael's after a four-year collegiate playing career split between Division III institutions Wesleyan and Elmira College. He spent the 2010-11 campaign skating for nationally-ranked NCAA Tournament quarterfinalist Elmira before transferring to Wesleyan for 2011-12. In three seasons with the Cardinals, Fratkin played 51 games as a defenseman, helping the team make three straight appearances in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) postseason. He was also recognized twice on the NESCAC All-Academic team. Prior to his collegiate career, Fratkin played four years of junior hockey in the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) and British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL).

Fratkin earned his bachelor's degree from Wesleyan in history with a concentration in European history in May 2014.

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September 19, 2014

Hobart Grad Fiorentino Signs in Europe

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Former Hobart College forward Tommy Fiorentino is taking his career overseas. The former Statesman recently signed with Les Phenix de Reims of the 1st Division, the second professional hockey league in France.


“I came to Reims in late August on a three-day tryout and was fortunate enough to earn a contract out of that,” said Fiorentino. “I knew I wanted to play in France from the beginning so to finally secure a spot is something I'm very proud of.”


The team won its first game of the season, defeating Cholet 8-7. Fiorentino logged a goal and an assist in the victory. Fiorentino also was able to play against his former coach, Carl Michaelson ’04, in a preseason game. Michaelson is now coaching the Dunkerque Coraires.


“Playing against Coach Michaelson was a lot of fun,” said Fiorentino. “It was a preseason game but it was different seeing him on the opponent’s bench. I definitely had plenty of motivation to play well. After the game we were able to catch up so it was great. I look forward to our games in the regular season.”


In his time at Hobart, Fiorentino played in in 102 career games. A three-time member of the ECAC West All-Academic team and a captain as a senior, he registered 27 goals and 25 assist for 52 career points.


“Playing at Hobart certainly helped me tremendously in getting to France. My coaches, Coach Taylor and Coach Flanagan, and for my first two years, Coach Michaelson, really pushed me to be my best every day,” said Fiorentino. “It's that mindset that allowed me to play well for them, and to now take this step to Europe. Of course my teammates did the same thing and that's a testament to the types of people Coach Taylor and Flanagan bring to the program.”

The Statesmen begin their 2014-2015 season on Halloween, when they will visit Brockport State.  


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August 8, 2014

Olczyk, Lamoureux named assistants at Utica

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Utica College has hired Eddie Olczyk and Tanis Lamoureux to fill their assistant men’s and women’s coaching positions, respectively, for the upcoming 2014-2015 season. 

Eddie Olczyk brings to Utica his four years of collegiate playing experience at UMass-Amherst, an additional three years in the USHL ranks, and one year of professional experience with the SPHL’s Bloomington Thunder. Over his collegiate career, Olczyk racked up six points in 85 games played. He finished the 2013-2014 SPHL season with nine points. In 2006, Olczyk also made a brief appearance on the international stage as part of the USA’s silver medal team at the Ivan Hlinka U18 tournament. His previous coaching experience includes work as a head instructor at the Chicago Blackhawks youth camp for the past six years.  

The son of former NHL player and coach and current NHL on NBC lead analyst Ed Olczyk, Olczyk will be the No. 1 men’s assistant at Utica. He will assist head coach Gary Heenan in all facets of the program including practice and game preparation, recruiting and office management. He replaces former AHL player and Ferris State captain Cody Chupp, who departed Utica for a position with the USHL’s Green Bay Gamblers. 

Utica women’s head coach Dave Clausen will also welcome an accomplished newcomer to his staff. Former Elmira College captain Tanis Lamoureux will take the torch from Eliza Kelley as the program’s top assistant. 

The 2014 All-American brings four years of collegiate experience in which she finished with 106 career points on 44 goals and 62 assists and was a cornerstone of Elmira’s run to the 2013 National Championship with 27 points that season, including the tying goal in the semifinals against Gustavus Adolphus that helped send the Soaring Eagles to the title game.  Lamoureux also played ten games against Utica, and averaged over a point per game in those contests with five goals and six assists. 


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