UMass-Lowell, which is coming off two of the most successful hockey seasons in its history, has extended the contract of head coach Norm Bazin through 2018, the school announced last month.
Bazin, entering his third season at Lowell, has compiled a record of 52-24-3 record, including a 28-11-1 clip last year that included both the Hockey East regular-season and tournament championships and a trip to the Frozen Four.
The extension is the second in as many years for Bazin, who earned his first on July 25, 2012, following a debut season that saw the River Hawks go 24-13-1 and reach the NCAA tournament.
“Strong leadership is required to achieve success on a consistent basis, and Norm has demonstrated in just two years at UMass-Lowell that he is one of very best in the country at his job,” said athletic director Dana Skinner.
Bazin was the recipient of the 2013 Hockey East Bob Kullen Award for Coach of the Year for the second straight year and went on to capture the Spencer Penrose Award for Division 1 Coach of the Year.
Following an Oct. 5 exhibition game against McGill University, Lowell opens the season at home Friday, Oct. 11 against Sacred Heart.
Castleton taps Moffat
Former Plattsburgh State assistant hockey coach Steve Moffat has been named head coach at Division 3 Castleton (Vt.) State.
Moffat had been a member of the Plattsburgh men’s ice hockey staff for the past 13 years, including the past 10 as head coach Bob Emery’s top assistant. He takes over for Alex Todd, who resigned to become an assistant coach at Division 1 Nebraska-Omaha in July.
“I am incredibly thankful for the opportunity to lead the Castleton hockey program,” Moffat said. “I want to thank (president) Dave Wolk, (dean of administration) Scott Dikeman, (athletic director) Deanna Tyson and the entire search committee for believing in me and providing that opportunity.
“I would also like to thank Coach Emery for his leadership and support. Spending 17 years as a player and coach learning under one of the most successful coaches in the country has given me the experience and knowledge to lead a program like Castleton, which in just 10 years has emerged as a national contender.”
Plattsburgh has won at least 19 games in each of the past six seasons and reached the NCAA Division 3 tournament in five of the past six years, including an appearance in the national championship game 2007-08.
Huntsville hires Thomas
The University of Alabama in Huntsville added Matty Thomas (Bow, N.H.) to its coaching staff last month.
Thomas joins the staff of new head coach Mike Corbett and will help to lead the team in a new era of hockey as the program begins its play in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association in 2013-14.
Following two seasons as a volunteer assistant coach working with the University of Denver, Thomas joins the Chargers and will work with the defensemen and penalty kill this upcoming season.
A four-year letterwinner and team captain at Navy, Thomas led the defense in scoring and plus/minus during his junior and senior seasons.
Curley joins Bentley
Bentley University head coach Ryan Soderquist announced last month that Matt Curley has joined his staff as an assistant coach. Curley comes to Bentley after spending the 2012-13 season as associate coach of the Indiana Ice of the USHL.
Curley joins Charlie Carkin, entering his 12th season, and Ben Murphy, entering his fifth season, as assistants on the Falcons’ coaching staff.
Prior to his stop in Indiana, Curley spent one season each coaching with USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program’s U-17 and U-18 squads. He also was a coach for Team USA when it won the gold medal at the 2011 World Under-18 Championship.
Before getting into coaching, Curley played four seasons as a defenseman at Clarkson University, suiting up in 126 career games.
Northeastern extends Flint
After leading the Northeastern women to their most victories in more than a decade and capturing the program’s 16th Beanpot championship in 2012-13, head coach Dave Flint (Merrimack, N.H.) was signed to a contract extension through the 2017-18 season.
In four seasons at the helm of the Huskies, Flint is 73-51-17 (.578), highlighted by two Beanpot championships, two appearances in the Hockey East championship game and the Hockey East regular-season championship in 2011-12. He has produced two All-Americans in Kendall Coyne and Florence Schelling and guided 11 student-athletes to All-Hockey East accolades.
The Huskies went 23-11-2 last season, earning a spot in the Hockey East title game for the second time in the past three seasons.
Flint also announced the hiring of Julie Hershkowitz as the program’s director of operations. Hershkowitz has been at NU as a student and employee since 2003.
Changes to Mullins Center
UMass-Amherst announced alterations to the Mullins Center layout for ice hockey that will be implemented for the upcoming 2013-14 season.
n Team benches will be flipped (visiting bench will be in front of Section U and UMass bench will be in front of Section G);
n Attack zone will be flipped (visiting team will shoot toward Section A twice and UMass will shoot toward Section N twice);
n General admission seating will be in the north end of the rink.
The modifications are being made to maximize home-ice advantage for the Minutemen and to improve the game-day environment for UMass fans.
Division 3 Western New England is mourning the passing of former team manager Steven R. Briere. The South Windsor, Conn., native, who graduated in 2012, passed away on July 22 at the age of 25. …
Former Dartmouth College standout Amanda Trunzo has been named assistant women’s coach at St. Norbert (Minn.) College. A 2011 graduate of Dartmouth, the Minnesota native played in 124 career games with the Big Green, scoring 68 goals and 59 assists for 127 points.
This article originally appeared in the September 2013 issue of New England Hockey Journal.