Compiled by D3hockey.com Staff
WILKES-BARRE, Pa.-King's College has announced the hiring of former Plattsburgh State player Michael Grace as an assistant coach for their first year men's program. The hiring was announced by Monarchs head coach Stephen Mallaro on Monday.
"We are very excited to have Mike join us at King's College," Mallaro said in the school's release. "He comes from a tremendous hockey background, playing for a nationally-recognized college program and as a professional. He will bring a wealth of knowledge, both on and off the ice, to King's."
Grace migrates to Northeastern Pennsylvania following a four year professional career in the Southern Professional Hockey League. All four of those seasons were spent patrolling the blue line for the Mississippi Riverkings, and he posted 89 total points while skating in 223 games on defense during his professional tenure.
Before embarking on his professional pursuits, Grace quickly established himself on the Division III radar as a four year player for head coach Bob Emery at Plattsburgh State. He was a member of three NCAA tournament teams, and two SUNYAC championship teams. He also made one appearance at the NCAA championship site in 2010 as a freshman for the Cardinals, and was a three time All-SUNYAC honoree and 2012 AHCA All-American. He wrapped up his academic career at Plattsburgh with a degree in Business Administration, and played in 105 games for Emery while earning that degree.
As Grace re-enters the college ranks as a coach, he further conveys the excitement surrounding the debut of Northeastern Pennsylvania's newest endeavor into college hockey.
"I am extremely excited to join Coach Mallaro, the King's College community, the new men's ice hockey program," Grace said in the school's release. "It's a great opportunity for not only me, but everyone involved from the top down. I look forward to helping develop King's Hockey into a winning program and hopefully get the chance to compete for a UCHC title and a national championship.
King's College will compete in the newly formed United Collegiate Hockey Conference this fall, and will play their inaugural contest on October 27th in a non league tilt against Brockport, which will also be the team's home opener.