Compiled By D3hockey.com Staff
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.