2001-02 News and Notes

-Marian's Chris Brown Finalist for National D-III Coach-of-the-Year (3/13/02)
-Marian College Defeats Crookston for MCHA Tournament Championship (2/24/02)
-MCHA Championship Line-Up Set; Post-Season Awards Announced (2/23/02)
-MSOE's Mike Turcott Sets MCHA Career Scoring Mark in Final Week (2/18/02)
-MCHA Tournament Action Right Around the Corner (2/14/02)
-MCHA Tournament Seedings Yet to be Decided; Sabres Stay Perfect (2/11/02)
-Marian College Clinches Regular Season Title With Sweep of MSOE (2/4/02)
-Sweep of Lawrence Vikings Keeps Marian Undefeated in MCHA Play (1/28/02)
-Tom Conti of Lawrence One of Four Finalists for 2002 Humanitarian Award (1/23/02)
-MCHA Gets Noticed Nationally as Berg Receives Runner-Up Honor (1/22/02)
-Lawrence Tops Last Seasons Win Total With Split; Sabres Sweep (1/21/02)
-Sabres Stay Perfect in MCHA Play; League Plays Non-Conference Slate (1/14/02)
-Minnesota-Crookston Starts 2002 Off With Sweep of Lawrence (1/7/02)
-Lawrence Vikings Grab Third-Place in MCHA Heading Into Break (12/17/01)
-Sabres Stay Perfect at 5-0-0 in League Play With Sweep of Crookston (12/10/01)
-Raiders Continue Impressive Turnaround From Last Season (12/3/01)
-MSOE Creates Three-Way Tie for First Place in MCHA (11/26/01)
-Marian College Sweeps Vikings; Player-of-the-Week Awards (11/19/01)
-Northland Grabs First Place With Sweep; Marian Opens With Win (11/12/01)
-MSOE Wins Over Crookston Highlight MCHA Opening Weekend Action (11/5/01)
-Conference Action in MCHA Kicks Off This Weekend (11/2/01)
-MCHA Announces Week One of Player-of-the-Week Award Winners (10/29/01)
-2001-2002 Hockey Season to Begin October 26 (10/19/01)
-Ostapina Leaves NEC for Milwaukee School of Engineering (6/13/01)
-MSOE Coach Hessenauer Resigns (4/5/01)


-March 13, 2002
Marian Hockey Coach Chris Brown Named Coach-of-the-Year Finalist
(Courtesy of USCHO.com) - The finalists were named for the Edward Jeremiah award, given by the American Hockey Coaches Association to the College Division (Division II or III) coach of the year.
Criteria for being named a finalist are to win the coach of the year award in your conference, and/or to coach a team to the Division III Frozen Four.
Marian College’s Chris Brown was among the finalists, after leading the Sabres to an 18-7-2 overall record and was also undefeated throughout the regular and post-season in the MCHA.
The finalists are:
Bill Beaney (Middlebury); Chris Brown (Marian); Tim Coghlin (St. Norbert); Bob Emery (Plattsburgh); Scott Harlow (Stonehill); Al MacCormack (Lebanon Valley); Kevin McGonagle (MCLA); Mike McShane (Norwich); Terry Meagher (Bowdoin); Brett Peterson (Gustavus Adolphus); Dan Stauber (Wisconsin-Superior); Wayne Wilson (RIT).
-Wilson won the award last season. Beaney (1990, 1995), McShane (1997, 1999, 2000) and Meagher (1986, 1989) are also past winners.
The winner will be announced in early April and presented at the AHCA Convention on April 27.


-February 24, 2002
Marian College Concludes Perfect MCHA Season With 2002 Championship
The Marian College Sabres ran their MCHA win streak to 27 games and concluded the 2001-2002 season at a perfect 18-0-0 (16-0 regular season/2-0 post-season) with a 7-3 victory over the UM-Crookston Golden Eagles on Sunday (February 24) evening at the Appleton Family Ice Center. The Sabres grabbed an early 2-0 lead and started the third period up 5-2 on the scoreboard. They iced the game with two empty net goals to lay claim to their second straight MCHA Tournament Championship. Lawrence University started Championship Sunday with a thrilling 5-4 overtime win over MSOE in the Consolation Championship. The Vikings needed a goal with under a minute remaining in regulation to force the extra session, and wrapped up the victory on their first shot-on-goal in overtime.

The All-Tournament team was named at the conclusion of the action on Sunday, with Marian College’s Terry Dunbar (Duluth, MN) receiving MVP honors for the second-straight season. The Sabre goalie led the squad to 4-1 and 7-3 wins on the weekend. The rest of the All-Tournament team included forward Jon Daigle (Marian College); forward Ryan Blick (Lawrence University); forward Brock Anundson (UM-Crookston); defenseman Ryan Moren (MSOE); defenseman Dan Weymann (Marian College); and goalie Joey Reese (UM-Crookston).
MCHA Post-Season Awards were also given out on Saturday (February 24). MSOE Raider Ryan Moren (Lakeville, MN) was tabbed MCHA Player-of-the-Year for the second straight season. Marian College Head Coach Chris Brown received MCHA Coach-of-the-Year honors. Brown led his team to an unblemished 16-0-0 mark in the regular season and included in that perfect season: topping the MCHA in goals-per-game (6.25), goals-allowed (1.38); power-play (28.6%), and penalty-kill (89.1%); among others. Marian College and Lawrence University were both recipients of the Team Sportsmanship Award.



-February 23, 2002
Championship Sunday All Set; MCHA Awards Named
The final day of play for the 2001-2002 MCHA season has been set and exciting hockey action has been on display at the Appleton Family Ice Center as Marian College will take on UM-Crookston in the Championship and MSOE will go up against Lawrence University in the consolation.
Two great games were played at the Appleton Family Ice Center tonight (February 23), as the top-seeded Sabres prevailed 4-1 in the first semi-final and the Golden Eagles out-lasted MSOE by a score of 2-1 in a double-overtime nail-biter in the second semi-final. The Consolation Game starts at 2:00 PM on Sunday (February 24), while the puck will drop on the Championship game at 5:00 PM.
MCHA Post-Season awards were given out during the break between the two games. MSOE's Ryan Moren (Lakeville, MN) claims Player-of-the-Year honors for the second straight season; Marian College Head Coach Chris Brown was chosen Coach-of-the-Year as he led his squad to a perfect 16-0-0 season; and Marian College and Lawrence University split the Team Sportsmanship Trophy. The First and Second Teams for All-Conference were also named:
First Team All-Conference
Forward: Dan Odegard (Marian College)
Forward: Brad Hawkins (Marian College)
Forward: Lee Jenke (MSOE)
Defense: Ryan Moren (MSOE)
Defense: Dan Weymann (Marian College)
Goalie: Terry Dunbar (Marian College)
Second Team All-Conference
Forward: Jonathan Geiring (Northland College)
Forward: Tom Conti (Lawrence University)
Forward: Ryan Becker (Northland College)
Defense: Nick Meyer (Northland College)
Defense: Todd Chandler (UM-Crookston)
Defense: Stuart Manning (Lawrence University)
Goalie: Aivars Ziedins (Northland College)



-February 17, 2002
Stage Set for 2002 MCHA Tournament; MSOE’s Turcott Sets Career Point Record
The last weekend of the regular season had plenty of action in the battle for play-off positioning, and even a little history. MSOE Raiders Senior Forward Mike Turcott (Brookfield, WI) put his name in the MCHA Record Book when he scored his 90th career point in league action. His power-play goal with just :13 left in the game on Saturday (February 16) gave him the mark, as the four-year player now has 44 goals and 46 assists in his illustrious career. The assistant captain broke the mark of 89 (47G/42A) points held by Marian’s Dave Chipman (1998-00) in his 59th MCHA contest in a Raider uniform. In other action, Marian ran their MCHA win streak to 25 straight with back-to-back blankings of Northland College and MSOE wrapped up a second-place league finish with a split versus Lawrence. The MCHA Tournament is all set to go…Lawrence University will be the host and the games will be played February 22-24 at the Appleton Family Ice Center. For complete information, go to www.mchahockey.com and click on the Tournament link on the homepage.

Players of the Week:
-Milwaukee School of Engineering players Ryan Moren (Lakeville, MN) and Mike Turcott (Brookfield, WI) are the first to be selected Co-MCHA-Players-of-the-Week this season. Moren had a great weekend on the ice statistically with 6 points, netting a hat trick and an assist in Friday’s tough loss to the Vikings, while adding two assists (including one on the game-winner) from his defenseman position in Saturday’s Raider victory that clinched second place for the squad. This was quite a difference from last season for Moren, as his team finished 8-8-0 this year after going 3-12-1 in conference play last season and failing to qualify for the league tournament. Turcott was chosen for his Record Book-heroics on Saturday that were noted above.
ALSO NOMINATED: Staurt Manning (Lawrence University); Teddy Eagle (Marian College)

-Marian College Sabres Sophomore Goaltender Terry Dunbar (Duluth, MN) becomes the first MCHA goalie to win Goalie-of-the-Week three times this season. He went a perfect 2-0 on the weekend, making 15 saves in Friday (February 15) night’s contest and keeping the Lumberjacks out of the net on five power-play opportunities. On Saturday, he played the first half of the contest, earning the win while making 8 saves before giving way as the Sabres finished the regular season unbeaten and untied at 16-0-0.
ALSO NOMINATED: Jim Pfeiffelmann (Lawrence University)

-Lawrence University Vikings Freshman Forward Danny Schroder (Duluth, GA) gets the nod for MCHA Rookie-of-the-Week by virtue of his hat-trick in the Vikings 7-4 victory on Friday (February 15) night. The Economics major tallied three of Lawrence’s first four goals, and had his hat-trick completed just 10:36 into the first period.
ALSO NOMINATED: Mike Noel; Andy Allen; Pat McKay (Marian College)


-February 14, 2002
Lawrence University Set to Host MCHA Tournament
Lawrence University Sports Release
Contact:  Joe Vanden Acker, Sports Information Director
920-832-6878 Email: joseph.m.vandenacker@lawrence.edu

APPLETON, Wis. -­ Lawrence University will host the Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association Tournament on Feb. 22-24 at the Appleton Family Ice Center.

The tournament begins Friday evening when the Nos. 4 and 5 seeds face off. The winner of that game takes on No. 1 seed Marian College on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. The Nos. 2 and 3 seeds play at 7:00 p.m. Saturday. The second through fifth seeds have yet to be determined between Milwaukee School of Engineering, the University of Minnesota-Crookston (Crookston, MN), Northland College (Ashland, WI), and Lawrence (Appleton, WI).

The semifinal losers take the ice at 2:00 p.m. Sunday in the consolation game. The championship game will be played Sunday at 5:00 p.m. Admission for a single game is $5 for adults and $3 for students. Fans may also purchase a pass for the two games Saturday or the pair of games Sunday at $8 for adults and $5 for students.

The Appleton Family Ice Center is located just south of the intersection of Highway 41 Ballard Road. The facility is located within Memorial Park.


-February 11, 2002
Sabres Stay Perfect; Second Through Fifth Place Still Up for Grabs
The Marian College hockey ran their win streak versus MCHA opponents to 23 in a row with a sweep of UM-Crookston in Minnesota over the weekend. After escaping with a 2-1 win on Friday, the Sabres responded with a 9-2 victory on Saturday to move to 14-0-0 in league play. In other action, MSOE and Northland split their series, meaning no other league team has locked up a spot in the standings. That leaves a lot to be decided on the ice this upcoming weekend, when the remainder of the regular season MCHA slate is played out. The conference tournament is set for the weekend after – February 22-24, 2002.

Players of the Week:
-Marian College Sabres Freshman Forward Andy Allen (Virginia, MN) is selected the MCHA Player-of-the-Week after a great weekend on the ice. After assisting one of the Sabres two goals in a 2-1 win on Friday (February 8), the Elementary Education major struck for a hat-trick in Marian’s 9-2 contest on Saturday. Allen scored the first, fourth, and ninth goals of the game on just four (4) shots and added an assist for good measure. His 11 goals on the season are second on the Marian squad.

-Milwaukee School of Engineering Raiders Sophomore Goaltender Matt Hirsch (Cottage Grove, WI) becomes the third different MSOE goalie to receive MCHA Goalie-of-the-Week honors this season. Matt was in goal for the Raiders win on the weekend, stopping 23-of-26 Lumberjack shots in the 6-3 victory.

-Marian College Freshman Defenseman Mark Williams (Green Bay, WI) is chosen MCHA Rookie-of-the-Week for the second time this season (The previous time was for the week ending 11/18/01). The Business major had the game-winning goal versus the Golden Eagles in Friday’s one-goal victory, added an assist on Saturday, and was +4 (+/-) on the weekend with his time on the ice.


-February 4, 2002
Marian College Sabres Clinch MCHA Regular Season Title With Sweep of MSOE
The Marian College hockey team accomplished a program-first with their play this past weekend – they clinched their first MCHA regular season championship by sweeping the MSOE Raiders by scores of 8-1 and 3-2. The wins marked the Sabres 20th and 21st victories in a row versus MCHA opponents and were also their 17th and 18th straight over the Raiders. The regular season championship is the first for Marian in the four-year history of the conference, as they stay undefeated at 12-0-0.
In other league action, the Golden Eagles moved into a tie for second-place in the conference, picking up their fifth and sixth conference wins of the season by sweeping the Lumberjacks. Also, the Lawrence Vikings dropped a non-conference match-up to Finlandia. With first-place securely in the Sabres hands, second through fifth in the standings still needs to be decided on the ice with just two weekends and eight games of hockey action remaining before the conference tournament.
Players of the Week:
-Marian College Sabres Freshman Forward Ian Carroll (Peoria, IL) is tabbed MCHA Player-of-the-Week for his work on the ice this past weekend in helping clinch the title versus MSOE. The rookie had a goal and an assist in Thursday’s victory and lit the lamp for two of the three goals the Sabres tallied in their 3-2 victory Friday. His 12 points (6G/6A) are eighth in the MCHA in freshman scoring.
ALSO NOMINATED: Adam Coe (UM-Crookston)
-Marian College Sabres Sophomore Goaltender Terry Dunbar (Duluth, MN) receives MCHA Goalie-of-the-Week honors for the second time this season, in a closely contested week against the Golden Eagles Joey Reese. While both players allowed just three goals in their two wins on the weekend, Dunbar made 55 saves compared to Reese’s 33 and kept his team undefeated against the second-place Raiders. The Studio Art major had a save percentage of .948 on the weekend and helped keep the Raiders 0-for-11 on power-play opportunities in the contests.
ALSO NOMINATED: Joey Reese (UM-Crookston)
-UM-Crookston Golden Eagles Freshman Forward Brock Anundson (Baudette, MN) becomes the first Crookston player (and first non-Sabre) in four weeks to get the nod for MCHA Rookie-of-the-Week honors. The Marketing major tallied a hat-trick on just six shot attempts versus the Lumberjacks on Saturday, including one goal short-handed an added an assist for good measure.
ALSO NOMINATED: Mike Noel (Marian College)


-January 28, 2002
Marian Keeps Conference Mark Perfect With 18th and 19th Consecutive MCHA Wins
The beat goes on for the Sabres, as they swept the Lawrence Vikings to extend their MCHA win streak to 19 games. Their last loss to an MCHA foe was January 19 of last season when they dropped a 3-1 decision to Northland College. They are currently 10-0-0 in league play heading into the final month of the season. In other MCHA action this week, Northland College snapped their losing streak when they defeated Bethel College behind a 60-save performance by their goalie. UM-Crookston was back in action this weekend, dropping a pair of games to Bethel College. There are just 13 games remaining of the MCHA regular season schedule, as teams will try to improve their place in the standings in their upcoming match-ups.

Players of the Week:
-Lawrence University Vikings Freshman Forward Ryan Blick (Canton, MI) becomes the third MCHA player - and second Viking - to win two different weekly awards, as his selection of Rookie-of-the-Week (for the week ending 12/16/01) goes nicely with his selection as MCHA Player-of-the-Week today (Marian’s Jon Daigle and Lawrence's Mike Burkhart have also won both honors). The Education major had two goals and an assist on the weekend, including an unassisted goal on Saturday (January 26) night that tied the Sabres 3-3 before Marian pulled out the victory. His 20 points on 9 goals and 11 assists is third on the Lawrence squad. 
-Northland College Lumberjacks Freshman Goaltender Aivars Ziedins (Talsi, Latvia) wins MCHA Goalie-of-the-Week honors for the second time in three weeks with his work versus Bethel College on Monday (January 21). The freshman net-minder earned his first collegiate win and helped the Lumberjacks snap a 14-game losing streak with an amazing 60 saves in the 6-4 win, including 25 in the third period alone. He had a save percentage of .938 and killed all four of the power-play opportunities of his opponents.

-Marian College Sabres Freshman Forward Brent Gunnlaugson (Lethbridge, Alberta) tops off a memorable weekend on the ice by earning MCHA Rookie-of-the-Week honors. The Sport and Recreation Management major played in his first two collegiate games this weekend, and responded with three goals and two assists in the sweep of Lawrence. Earning the starting nod on Saturday, Gunnlaugson scored two goals in the first 4:50 of the contest, including one just fifteen seconds into the action.
ALSO NOMINATED: Dusty Hendrickson (Northland College); Danny Schroeder (Lawrence University)


-January 23, 2002
Four Named Hockey Humanitarian Finalists
-Compiled by US College Hockey On-Line Staff

Past Winners

2001 Jason Cupp, Neb.-Omaha
2000 Jim Leger, Maine
1999 Kristine Pierce, RIT
1998 Erik Raygor, Wisconsin
1997 Blake Sloan, Michigan
1996 J.P. McKersie, BU

Four players from varied backgrounds have been named finalists for the 2002 Hockey Humanitarian Award, presented anually to the player who exhibits a strong commitment to their communities, their teams, and their studies.
This year’s finalists are Daniel Casella, Dartmouth senior; Thomas Conti, a three-year captain at Division III Lawrence; Rocky Reeves, a four-year captain at Buffalo State and a two-time finalist; and Jeff Wilson, captain at Union.
The announcement of this year’s recipient will be made on Friday, April 5 in St. Paul, Minn. as part of the festivities surrounding NCAA Division I Frozen Four.

Daniel Casella, Dartmouth

A native of Verona, New Jersey, Casella became involved in community service while attending Lawrence Academy. While there, he volunteered at a soup kitchen, a senior citizens home, and shoveled sidewalks in the neighborhood.
His work in the community continued after he matriculated at Dartmouth. Among his activities, Casella has visited the Hanover, N.H.,-area schools where he taught students about the dangers of drugs. He has also coached local youth hockey programs from mites to peewees and has been a key factor in the Big Green’s Holiday Toy Drive.
"Despite the huge time and energy commitments that playing hockey at a Division I school like Dartmouth College entails, Dan Casella somehow manages to take a full course load of classes and gives back to the community almost every day," said Dartmouth coach Bob Gaudet. "I have had the pleasure of working with Casella for four seasons at Dartmouth, and I can honestly say that his love for children is greater than anyone else’s that I have ever seen."
Casella plans has enlisted in the Peace Corps, and will be working to rebuild a community in the Caribbean after graduation. He has a 3.03 grade point average as a government major, and has been a solid role player for the Big Green.
"Dan is regularly the first player on the ice for practice and the last to leave the rink," said Gaudet. "His combination of work ethic, skill, selflessness, and courage has inspired his teammates and endeared him to our fans."

Thomas Conti, Lawrence

Born in Summit, New Jersey and now a resident of Atlanta, Conti is a two-sport athlete, is in Phi Beta Kappa, has been nominated for a Rhodes Scholarship, and works with the youth in Appleton, Wis.
One of seven children, Conti began his community involvement in 1996 when he started tutoring Vietnamese children. He continued doing so until 1998. Other activities include helping to construct a Habitat for Humanity home during the spring of 1999, volunteering at the Boys and Girls Club, and participating in the Adopt-A-School tutoring program.
In soccer, Conti has been a four-year standout and team captain for two seasons. As a sophomore, he was a Second Team All-Midwest Conference selection, while he was a First Team pick his junior and senior seasons.
On the ice, he has been a four-year regular, as well. His freshman year, he had 10 goals and 19 assists for 29 points in 15 games, and was named Lawrence University’s Freshman Athlete of the Year.
After his hockey statistics dropped off his sophomore year, he bounced back as a junior with 14 goals and 9 assists for 23 points in 25 games. The team’s MVP last year, he already holds the school records for assists in a season and in a career, goals in a season and in a career and points in a career.
Academically, he has a 3.857 grade point average while majoring in math and computer science. He has received a number of academic scholarships and is a Lawrence Presidential Scholar. Ranked in the top six percent of his class, he has been nominated for the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship.
"He will never say ‘No’ to anyone in need of assistance and literally jumps at the opportunity to be of benefit to someone else," Lawrence coach David Ruhly said. "I feel proud that Tom is a member of my team because he demonstrates that one can be an incredible athletic leader, a formidable academic presence, and one of the strongest and most influential members of the Lawrence University community."

Rocky Reeves, Buffalo State

A native of Anchorage, Alaska, Reeves is currently serving as team captain for an unprecedented fourth year, and was also a finalist last year.
His involvement in the Buffalo community began because of a broken leg he sustained as a freshman in his first game with the varsity. Rather than leave school and return to his hometown, he chose to stay at Buffalo State. Not only did he earn a 3.41 grade point average that year, but he also quickly got involved with both the campus and the local community.
The activities have included the Concerned Ecumenical Ministry Soup Kitchen; the National Condom Safe Sex Week promotion; "Take Back the Night," celebrating the survival of sexual abuse; the Carlysclub Cancer Fundraiser; and the Buffalo State Health Fair. He has also organized and implemented the Holiday Rummage Sale for the Homeless and helped distribute books to the Western New York needy organizations through the Project FLIGHT Book Drive.
Academically, he has maintained a 3.30 GPA while majoring in health and wellness. He received his Bachelor's degree this past December and is currently working on his Masters.
He has been named to the SUNYAC All-Academic Team two years, was on the SUNYAC Commissioner’s List twice, and on the Dean’s List for three years.
Reeves has also been nominated for four other awards: the Buffalo State President’s Medal, the Chancellor’s Award for Academic Excellence, the Outstanding Senior Award in his major of health and wellness, and the Outstanding Community Service Award also in his major. The announcements of the winners of these awards are still pending.
"Rocky defines what this award exemplifies both on and off the ice," said Buffalo State coach Jim Fowler. "Rocky does not do all these great things to receive the recognition, but does so because he knows he is making a difference."

Jeff Wilson, Union College

A native of London, Ontario, Wilson has been one of the offensive standouts for Union the past three years. Among the team's top three scorers each year, he was his team’s leading scorer last season.
During his athletic career, he has been named the team’s Rookie of the Year, the team’s Most Improved Player, and its Unsung Hero. Statistically, his best season was a year ago when he had 12 goals and 10 assists for 22 points in 34 games.
Respected by his teammates, Wilson, who has a 2.8 GPA in English, was the unanimous choice to serve as team captain this year.
He has also been an integral member of the Schenectady, N.Y. community, having been involved in causes such as the "Dutchmen Skate for Cancer," with the proceeds going to the American Cancer Society. He's also been involved in Big Brothers and Big Sisters Night, the Walk for Juvenile Diabetes, and visits to children’s hospitals.
He also created "A Skating Dutchmen Christmas," during which the team sponsored a family via social services and purchased gifts for the family. Plus, he established "Pennies for Points," during which sponsors donated one dollar for every point a Union player earned during a game. The proceeds were then given to underprivileged youth hockey players in Schenectady.
Finally, in the aftermath of the September 11th terrorist attacks, he created "Dutchmen Skate for 9/11." The proceeds from that fund-raiser went to the NYPD and NYFD fund, and to two local families that were affected by the attack.
"Once in awhile, if you are a fortunate coach, you come across certain individuals who personify what college athletics is all about; someone who is more concerned with others than himself," said Union coach Kevin Sneddon. "I have experienced this in our program for the past couple of years with one individual in particular, Jeff Wilson.
"Jeff has not only created and designed several projects, he has literally volunteered for all of our community services projects during the last four years. As well, he has encouraged his fellow teammates to become more involved in volunteer work around the Capital District. His actions appear to be quite contagious.
"Whether he is organizing a team event within the community or merely greeting children after games, he clearly represents our college with class and depicts what college athletics is all about."

NOTE: The following press release is courtesy of Lawrence University Sports News
                     -Contact: Joe Vanden Acker, Sports Information Director, 920-832-6878

Lawrence's Conti national finalist for Hockey Humanitarian Award

(APPLETON, WIS.) - Lawrence University hockey standout Tom Conti is one of four finalists for the 2002 Hockey Humanitarian Award, which is presented each year to college hockey's finest citizen.
Conti, a senior from Dunwoody, Ga., joins Dartmouth College senior Daniel Casella, Buffalo State senior Rocky Reeves, and Union College senior Jeff Wilson on the list of finalists. The winner will be announced on Friday, April 5, in St. Paul, Minn, and the ceremony is part of the festivities surrounding the NCAA Division I Frozen Four.
"It's a phenomenal honor for Tom," Lawrence head coach Dave Ruhly said. "He has truly demonstrated all the ideals that go into this award. This award is Tom Conti."
Ruhly said his captain's character, sportsmanship, and his tough and tenacious play are an example to the rest of the team and building blocks for the Lawrence hockey program.
"To have Tom be a finalist for this award is a great step for our program," Ruhly said. "Tom embodies everything that we believe in. This is what our program is about."
Conti is a standout in the community, in the classroom, and on the ice.
One of seven children and the son of Al and Victoria Conti, he has been involved in community work since 1996 when he tutored Vietnamese children, work he continued until 1998. Conti has been a volunteer at the Appleton Boys and Girls Club since 1999, and he participated in the Adopt-A-School tutoring program in 1998 and '99. Conti also helped construct a Habitat for Humanity home in 1999.
Conti has also served as a volunteer coach in both the Appleton Area Hockey Association and with Appleton youth soccer.
A two-sport star in hockey and soccer at Lawrence, Conti was named the school's Freshman Athlete of the Year in 1999.
On the ice, Conti has been in the lineup since day one. The forward is the school's career leader in goals (38), assists (36), and points (74). Conti also holds the school record for assists (19) and points (29) in a season and assists (7) and points (9) in a game.
Conti was a four-year starter on defense for the Lawrence soccer team, and a three-time All-Midwest Conference selection, including first-team honors the past two seasons.
In the classroom, Conti is one of Lawrence's finest student-athletes. While majoring in both math and computer science, Conti has amassed a grade point average of 3.857.
The winner of numerous academic scholarships, Conti was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and was a Rhodes Scholar candidate. During his academic career at Lawrence, one of the nation's top liberal arts colleges, Conti won the Sophomore Prize for Computer Science and the Iden Charles Champion Cup, given each year for excellence in scholarship, athletic ability, college spirit, and loyalty.
He is a three-time academic All-Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association selection and was named to the academic All-Midwest Conference team four times. Conti has also been selected for the Verizon CoSIDA Academic All-District 5 team in both soccer and hockey.
The Hockey Humanitarian Award was the brainchild of John Greenhalgh and Jeff Millman. Inspired by the courageous return of to the ice of Boston University's J.P. McKersie after his brush with death, Greenhalgh and Millman brought together a group of from the worlds of athletics, business, education, and the media to create this award. McKersie won that first award in 1996 because "he represented all that can be right about sports."
Since that time, Michigan defenseman Blake Sloan won in 1997, Wisconsin's Erik Raygor was the winner in 1998, Kristine Pierce of the Rochester Institute of Technology won in 1999, Jim Legler of Maine was the 2000 winner, and Jason Cupp of the University of Nebraska-Omaha was last year's recipient.


-January 22, 2002
Marian College Goalie Bob Berg Receives National Honor
Marian College freshman goalie Bob Berg (Antigo, WI) topped his MCHA Goalie-of-the-Week honor by being selected runner-up for Defensive Player-of-the-Week by US College Hockey On-Line today (January 22). Berg posted back-to-back blankings of Northland College and received the runner-up status after being nominated and receiving votes from the staff of the nationally-known website, which is known to hockey fans nation-wide as the "Definitive College Hockey Resource". Berg lost out top honors to UW-Stout goaltender Jeff Dotson. To view the press release, click HERE.


-January 21, 2002
Sabre Goalie Bob Berg Posts Back-to-Back Shut-Outs; Lawrence & MSOE Split
Marian College won their 16th and 17th straight games versus MCHA opponents this past weekend with 4-0 and 8-0 wins over the Northland College Lumberjacks. Sabre freshman goalie Bob Berg led the way with back-to-back shut-outs as he ran his collegiate record to 4-0 in five games and kept the Sabres undefeated in league play at 8-0-0. In the other MCHA series of the week, the Lawrence Vikings, led by their goalie Grant Henderson, spilt with MSOE. The Raiders won 3-1 on Friday while the Vikings came back to post a 2-1 win on Saturday night. That marked the fifth league win (5-7-0) this season for Lawrence, an impressive turn-around for a squad that went 3-10-1 in league play last season.

Players of the Week:
-Marian College Sabres Junior Forward Dan Odegard (Oakdale, MN) becomes the first two-time winner of the MCHA Player-of-the-Week honor for the Sabres this season. The AIT major led the way in the sweep of Northland with two goals and six assists on the weekend. The captain paced the 8-0 win on Saturday (January 19) night with a 2-goal/4-assist performance.
ALSO NOMINATED: Ryan Blick (Lawrence University); Brad Hawkins (Marian College)

-Marian College Sabres Freshman Goaltender Bob Berg (Antigo, WI) earns the nod for MCHA Goalie-of-the-Week honors for his impressive back-to-back shut-outs of the Lumberjacks. The Studio Art major made 19 saves on Friday night and 15 saves in Saturday’s contest. For the season, he now owns a save percentage of .963 and a 0.69 goals-against-average. This is the second time this season he has won the weekly honor.
ALSO NOMINATED: Grant Henderson (Lawrence University)

-Marian College Sabres Freshman Forward Jon Daigle (Richmond, BC, Canada) had three goals and an assist in the victories over Northland to earn MCHA Rookie-of-the-Week honors. The Marketing major highlighted Saturday’s action with two goals and an assist after scoring once Friday night. His seven goals on the season lead the Marian freshman and are second on the squad.
ALSO NOMINATED: Ryan Blick (Lawrence University)


-January 14, 2002
Marian Gets Conference Win Early in Week; MCHA Takes on Non-Conference Foes
Marian College defeated MSOE 2-1 on January 8th in the only scheduled conference game of the week. The victory keeps the Sabres undefeated in league action and knocks the second-place Raiders another game behind in the standings. The MCHA suffered setbacks on the weekend, with each team losing to their non-conference opponents. Marian fell to UW-Stevens Point; MSOE to UW-Stout; Lawrence to St. Olaf, and Northland to 
St. Scholastica.

Players of the Week:
Players of the Week:
-MSOE Raiders Senior Forward Lee Jenke (Brookfield, WI) becomes the first three-time winner of MCHA Player-of-the-Week honors this season. Although his team dropped a pair to UW-Stout, Jenke did his best to carry his squad with one goal and four assists in the two games. His five points on the week led all conference scorers.
ALSO NOMINATED: Teddy Eagle (Marian College); Matt Melchiori (Lawrence University)


-Northland Lumberjack Freshman Goaltender Aivars Ziedins (Talsi, Latvia) receives MCHA Goalie-of-the-Week honors for his work in the Lumberjacks loss to St. Scholastica. Even though his team came up short, the rookie, who was making his first collegiate start, stopped 52 shots in the contest, and had Northland tied going into the third period before giving up three power-play goals. None-the-less, his .946 save percentage for the week was tops in the league.

-Marian College Sabres Freshman Forward Pat McKay (St. Clair Shores, MI) was tabbed MCHA Rookie-of-the-Week with his play against the Pointers. The Marketing major had a goal and an assist on Saturday night after notching an assist in Friday’s loss. His three points on the weekend were a pleasant surprise for Marian Coach Chris Brown, as McKay had six points on the season coming into the weekend’s action.
ALSO NOMINATED: Aivars Ziedins (Northland College); Joe Swanson (MSOE)


-January 7, 2002
Minnesota-Crookston Gets New Year Off to Good Start With Sweep of Lawrence
The Golden Eagles of Crookston started off the new year in grand fashion with a home sweep of the Lawrence Vikings this past Saturday and Sunday. The Golden Eagles, led by goalie Joey Reese, won both games by identical 6-to-1 scores in the only MCHA action of the weekend, snapping what had been a seven-game skid in the process. With the two victories in the lightly-scheduled week, the Golden Eagles also sweep Player-of-the-Week awards. The conference will resume a full slate of games this week, as all teams will be back in action following the holiday break.

Players of the Week:
-Minnesota-Crookston Golden Eagle Sophomore Forward Jay Tupa (Fargo, ND) earns the first MCHA Player-of-the-Week honors for his team in the 2001-2002 campaign with his accomplishments on the weekend. He netted three goals, including one short-handed and one of the power-play variety. He also added an assist to finish the two games with four points.   

-Minnesota-Crookston Golden Eagle Freshman Goaltender Joey Reese (Crookston, MN) notches MCHA Goalie-of-the-Week honors for his fantastic play in the sweep of the Vikings. The Business Aviation major allowed just one goal in each game and had a save percentage of .943 on the 2-0 weekend. A big reason for Crookston’s success, Reese shut-out Lawrence in their 11 power-play opportunities on the weekend.

-Minnesota-Crookston Golden Eagle Sophomore Defenseman Adam Sprehe (Grand Forks, ND) receives the MCHA’s accolades for Rookie-of-the-Week with his stellar play. The Wildlife Management major had a goal and two assists in the victories, and was chosen as a “Star-of-the-Game” in Saturday’s 6-1 win where he had two points on a goal and an assist.


-December 17, 2001
Lawrence Sweep of Northland Highlights MCHA Play Heading Into Holiday Break
The Lawrence Vikings leap-frogged the Northland Lumberjacks for third place in the MCHA standings by virtue of their 7-5 and 9-3 victories this past weekend to improve to 4-4-0 in league play. As a result, the squad becomes the second to sweep Player-of-the-Week honors on the campaign (Marian set the precedent the week ending November 18, 2001). In other MCHA contests, MSOE and UM-Crookston both dropped non-conference series, as the Raiders lost a pair to St. Scholastica and the Golden Eagles fell victim to UW-Eau Claire. Marian College was off as they had already started their semester break last weekend. The next scheduled contests for the MCHA will be on January 5, 2002. The next conference weekly report will come out on Monday, January 7, 2002. HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Players of the Week:
-Lawrence University Vikings Senior Forward Tom Conti (Dunwoody, GA) earns the first MCHA Player-of-the-Week honor for his team this season with his play versus the Lumberjacks. He helped his teammates with two assists on Saturday (December 15), including one on the game-winner. He then topped that with a hat-trick in the Vikings 9-3 victory the next day.   

-Lawrence University Vikings Senior Goaltender Grant Henderson (Monona, WI) becomes the first player to receive MCHA Goalie-of-the-Week honors twice in the 2001-2002 season. He earned the award by virtue of his play in leading the Vikings to a sweep on the weekend. Henderson made 25 saves in Saturday’s (December 15) 7-5 win and another 18 - on 20 shots - in Sunday’s (December 16) 9-3 victory to post a perfect 2-0 record on the weekend.

-Lawrence University Vikings Freshman Forward Ryan Blick (Canton, MI) receives the Viking’s second-straight MCHA Rookie-of-the-Week honor of the season. Blick notched his first collegiate hat-trick on Saturday (December 15) and then had an assist and the eventual game-winning tally in Lawrence’s victory on Sunday.
ALSO NOMINATED: Wes Reid (Northland College)


-December 10, 2001
Marian Stays Perfect in MCHA Play, Move Into First-Place Tie With MSOE
Marian College swept a series from UM-Crookston for the first time in school history over the weekend to move into a first-place tie with MSOE at 10 points each in the standings. The Sabres improved to 5-0-0 in league play in winning their 14th consecutive game versus MCHA opponents dating back to last season. Lawrence won their only game this week, as they defeated the Golden Eagles 7-2 on Sunday afternoon. In non-conference action, the Northland Lumberjacks dropped a pair to highly-ranked Augsburg College and MSOE traveled to Brockport, NY where they dropped decisions to Oswego and Humber in the Jimmy Mac Invitational.

Players of the Week:
-Marian College Sabres Junior Forward Dan Odegard (Oakdale, MN) tallied three goals versus the Golden Eagles this weekend to help the Sabres earn the sweep. The AIT major earned player-of-the-week honors with a two-goal performance on Friday (December 7) night and scoring the game-winner for Marian on Saturday (December 8) afternoon.
ALSO NOMINATED: Tom Conti (Lawrence University)

-Marian College Sophomore Goaltender Terry Dunbar (Duluth, MN) receives MCHA Goalie-of-the-Week honors in a tightly contested race with the other nominee. The Studio Art major set the tone for the big weekend versus Crookston by stopping 22-of-23 Golden Eagle shots – a .957 save percentage – and allowing only a lone power play goal in the Sabres 6-1 victory on Friday (December 7) night.
ALSO NOMINATED: Grant Henderson (Lawrence University)

-Lawrence Vikings Freshman Right Winger Mike Burkhart (McKinney, TX) receives his first MCHA Rookie-of-the-Week honor of the season after capturing Player-of-the-Week accolades for the week ending October 28. The Economics major tallied his first collegiate hat-trick in the 7-2 Viking win.
ALSO NOMINATED: Bob Berg (Marian College)


-December 3, 2001
MSOE Continues Amazing Turnaround With Sweep of Northland
The MSOE Raiders continued their hot play of late by sweeping Northland College over the weekend and improving their MCHA record to 5-2-0 on the season – first place by themselves. Just a season ago, these same Raiders finished the MCHA campaign with a 3-12-1 record and did not qualify for the post-season tournament.
In non-conference action, UM-Crookston participated in the USAF Academy Tournament in Colorado Springs, Colorado and the Lawrence Vikings split a pair of exhibition games with Finlandia. Marian College did not play this past weekend.
Players of the Week:
-MSOE Raiders Senior Forward Lee Jenke (Brookfield, WI) Lee Jenke (Brookfield, WI) becomes the first player to earn back-to-back player-of-the-week honors this season. Jenke had four goals (2 in each game) on the weekend, including the game-winner over the Lumberjacks on Friday night and an unassisted goal on Saturday that tied the game and sent it into overtime.
ALSO NOMINATED: Matt Melchiori (Lawrence University)

-Lawrence University Vikings Senior Goaltender Grant Henderson (Monona, WI) receives MCHA Goalie-of-the-Week honors for leading his team to a 3-2 win on Friday night in his only action of the weekend. The history major gave up just 2 goals and had an impressive save percentage of .949 while stopping 37 Lion shots-on-goal in the victory.

-MSOE Raiders Freshman Forward Joe Swanson (Superior, WI) receives MCHA Rookie-of-the-Week honors for his two-game tally of 3 goals and 1 assist in the sweep of the Lumberjacks. The highlight of the weekend for Swanson was lighting the lamp in overtime on Saturday night with the game-winning goal.
ALSO NOMINATED Ryan Becker (Northland College)


-November 26, 2001
MSOE Creates Three-Way Tie for First With Split at Minnesota-Crookston
The MSOE Raiders matched their win total of last season this past weekend when they split a series at UM-Crookston. The Raiders, who were 3-12-1 a season ago, upped their MCHA mark to 3-2-0 on the season and created a 3-way tie for first place at six points apiece with Marian College (3-0-0) and with Northland College (3-1-0). All other action this week was non-conference affairs.

Players of the Week:
-MSOE Raiders Senior Forward Lee Jenke (Brookfield, WI) earns player-of-the-week honors for his four-point performance in the split with the Golden Eagles. Jenke had an unassisted goal to go along with his three assists on the weekend.
ALSO NOMINATED: Andy Gillies (Lawrence University); Brad Hawkins (Marian College).

-MSOE Raiders Senior Goaltender Sam Carrico (Roseville, MN) receives MCHA Goalie-of-the-Week honors for leading his team to a 5-4 win on Friday (November 24). He had a save percentage of .905 while stopping 38 UM-Crookston shot attempts.

-Minnesota-Crookston Golden Eagles Freshman Forward Theran Bauer (Spooner, WI) receives MCHA Rookie-of-the-Week honors for his two-game effort of two goals and one assist in the split with MSOE. One impressive stat: Bauer took only three shots in the two games, an imposing .667 success percentage on his two goals.
ALSO NOMINATED: Andy Rozanski (Lawrence University); Ryan Puffer (MSOE); Jonathan Geiring (Northland College)


-November 19, 2001
Marian Keeps Win Streak Alive Over Lawrence; Jump Into Share of First-Place
The Marian College Sabres defeated Lawrence for the tenth and eleventh straight times in head-to-head action as they swept a home-and-home series from the Vikings this past weekend. The wins improve the Sabres MCHA mark to a perfect 3-0-0 and they now jump into a tie for first place in conference with Northland College. The only other action this week was non-conference affairs, highlighted by UM-Crookston gaining a split with Augsburg College. The Sabres dominated the Player-of-the-Week awards by virtue of their combined 16-5 victories.

Players of the Week:
-Marian College Junior Defenseman Dan Weymann (Oakdale, MN) earns player-of-the-week honors for his three-goal/two assist effort on the weekend, including two power-play goals. The Business Management major almost came up with a hat trick on Saturday night, when he scored two goals in 5:09 of the second period before narrowly missing a third.
ALSO NOMINATED: Mark Williams (Marian College); Mark Ewing (Marian College)

-Marian College Freshman Goaltender Bob Berg (Antigo, WI) receives MCHA Goalie-of-the-Week honors for leading his team to a 8-2 win in his first collegiate start and appearance on Saturday. The Studio Art major stopped 17 of 19 Viking shots-on-goal (.895%).

-Marian College Freshman Defenseman Mark Williams (Green Bay, WI) receives MCHA Rookie-of-the-Week honors for his two-game effort of three goals (one power-play) and three assists in the victories over Lawrence. The Business major also had the game-winning tally for the Sabres on Friday night.
ALSO NOMINATED: Jon Daigle (Marian College)


-November 12, 2001
Northland Sweep Gives Team First-Place; Marian Opens MCHA Season With Win
Northland College continued their solid play on the young season with a sweep of UM-Crookston this past weekend. Their 6-2 victory on Friday (November 9) marked the Lumberjacks first-ever win over the Golden Eagles in MCHA play. After the first two weekends of MCHA play, Northland finds themselves alone in first place at 3-1.
In a week that had a very light schedule, Marian College opened its conference season with a 4-3 victory over MSOE.
Players of the Week:
-Marian College Freshman Forward Jon Daigle (Richmond, British Columbia) earns the Sabres first player-of-the-week honors this season with his play in Marian’s 4-3 win over MSOE. The freshman Marketing major tallied 2 goals and 1 assist in the victory, including one of the power-play variety and one short-handed.
ALSO NOMINATED: Jonathan Geiring (Northland)

-Northland Sophomore Goaltender Billy Ferkol (Parma, OH) receives MCHA Goalie-of-the-Week honors for leading his team to their first-ever victories over UM-Crookston. In the two victories, the Education major made 66 saves and had a .929 save %.

-Northland College Freshman Wing Wes Reid (Williams Lake, British Columbia) earns MCHA Rookie-of-the-Week honors with his play on the weekend. In two games, he lit the lamp for 4 goals (one short-handed) and added an assist. The 6-2 freshman is an Environmental Studies major at Northland.
ALSO NOMINATED: Jon Daigle (Marian College); Mike Noel (Marian College)


-November 5, 2001
MSOE Posts First-Ever Victories over Minnesota Crookston
The 2001-2002 MCHA hockey season started with a bang as MSOE highlighted the weekend with their first-ever defeats of conference foe Minnesota-Crookston. In other action, Northland and Lawrence skated to a split and Marian tied and lost to Augsburg College in non-conference action.
Players of the Week:
-Northland College Freshman Center Jonathan Geiring (Dollard-de-Ormeaux, PQ) helped the Lumberjacks to a split with Lawrence and receives MCHA Player-of-the-Week honors for his four goal/two assist effort in the two games on the weekend. The 6-2, 210 lb. Education major tallied three of those goals in power-play situations.
ALSO NOMINATED: Andy Eisch (MSOE); Brad Hawkins (Marian); Matt Melchiori (Lawrence)

-For the second week in a row, MSOE Sophomore Goaltender Adam Blomfield (Anchorage, AK) receives MCHA Goalie-of-the-Week honors. Adam was between the pipes for both of the Raiders wins over Minnesota-Crookston.
ALSO NOMINATED: Grant Henderson (Lawrence); Terry Dunbar (Marian)

-Marian College Freshman Forward Andy Allen (Virginia, MN) paced the Sabres with three goals on the week in tough games against highly-ranked St. Norbert College and Augsburg College to earn MCHA Rookie-of-the-Week honors.
ALSO NOMINATED: Mike Burkhart (Lawrence); Jonathan Geiring (Northland); Ryan Puffer (MSOE).


-November 2, 2001
MCHA to Open Conference Play Tonight
The 2001-20002 MCHA season will be underway this evening as all five of the league's teams will be in action. Minnesota-Crookston, last year's regular season conference champion, will be at MSOE this evening (November 2) and Northland College will play host to Lawrence University. Marian College will also be in action this weekend, as they will be hosting non-conference opponent Augsburg College on Saturday and Sunday.


-October 29, 2001
MCHA Announces First Week of Player Awards
The 2001-2002 hockey season has begun and the MCHA has announced their initial week of awards following completion of the season's first week. Every Monday during the hockey season, the MCHA will pick a Player-of-the-Week, a Goaltender-of-the-Week, and a Rookie-of-the-Week from nominations by each of the respective schools. With the first week in the books, the following players have been chosen:
-Lawrence University Freshman Forward Mike Burkhart (McKinney, TX) is the first MCHA Player-of-the-Week for the 2001-2002 season. The newcomer scored two of Lawrence’s three goals on the weekend in losses to UW-Stout.
-MSOE Sophomore Goaltender Adam Blomfield (Anchorage, AK) is the inaugural winner of the MCHA Goaltender-of-the-Week Award. Adam was between the pipes for Saturday’s tough 3-2 loss to Buffalo State where he stopped 37 of 40 shots-on-goal.
-MSOE Freshman Forward Jacob Basten (DePere, WI) grabs the first MCHA Rookie-of-the-Week Award for the 2001-2002 season. He currently leads the Raiders team with three points after the weekend where he had two goals (including one short-handed) and one assist in the Buffalo State All Sport Invitational in Buffalo, NY.

-October 19, 2001

Let the Games Begin!...Hockey Season Starts Next Weekend
With just seven days to go before the 2001-2002 hockey season begin, players and coaches alike are eager to start playing for real. The MCHA will begin non-conference action with three teams playing games next weekend (October 26-27). Defending MCHA Tournament Champion Marian College will travel to River Falls to take on the UW-RF Falcons on Friday and Saturday night. The Vikings of Lawrence will play host to another NCHA school, UW-Stout. And lastly, MSOE will travel to Buffalo, New York for Mark Ostapina's first game as their head coach as they take on Fredonia.
Conference action will get under way the following weekend (November 2-3), as Minnesota-Crookston will play MSOE and Lawrence will be at Northland.
The MCHA season begins with a few new faces and a new-look website.
As stated before, Mark Ostapina, previously at New England College, will take over the reigns of the Raiders. In six seasons at NEC, Ostapina guided the club to a 63-84-8 (.432) record. This past year, the Pilgrims posted a 20-10-0 record and defeated the defending national champions Norwich, 2-1, to capture the ECAC East championship.
Additionally, Gary Warren has been named Head Hockey Coach at Crookston. He replaces Mark Huglen who resigned in July to pursue his academic career full-time at UMC, and interim Head Hockey Coach, Mike Swentik, who stepped in after Huglen to coach the Golden Eagles for the 2000-01 season.
Previous to his hire at UMC, Warren has been the Head Hockey Coach at MSU-Bottineau for the past 16 years. His program has experienced many honors including three National Championships and eight Region XII Titles. Eight of Warren's 16 years with Bottineau, he was named Coach of the Year.

-June 13, 2001
Ostapina Leaves NEC for MSOE
Took Pilgrims to NCAA tournament last season

-by Jim Connelly/MAAC Correspondent for USCHO

MILWAUKEE — After guiding New England College to its best season in his tenure, including a berth in the NCAA Division III tournament, head coach Mark Ostapina has resigned to become head coach at the Milwaukee School of Engineering.
In six seasons at NEC, Ostapina guided the club to a 63-84-8 (.432) record. But this past year, the Pilgrims posted a 20-10-0 record and defeated the defending national champions Norwich, 2-1, to capture the ECAC East championship. NEC fell to Wisconsin-River Falls in the first round of the NCAA Championships.
Though MSOE is not known for being a national hockey power playing in the MCHA, a league that does not currently have an automatic qualifier to the NCAA tournament, the move will bring Ostapina closer to his family. Ostapina is a native of Wisconsin and played for the University of Wisconsin in the late 1970s.
As for the challenge ahead, MSOE finished last in the MCHA last season with a 3-21-1 record, one year after setting a school record for victories with 13. Ostapina replaces Pat Hessenauer, who resigned from the head coach position in early April.

-April 5, 2001
MSOE Coach Hessenauer Resigns
-by Lynn Burke/D-III Staff Writer for USCHO

MILWAUKEE — Pat Hessenauer has resigned as head coach at Milwaukee School of Engineering, athletic director Dan Harris confirmed Thursday, saying that the school would immediately begin a search for a full-time coach to replace him.
"We are very committed to ice hockey." said Harris. "We're going from a part-time coach to a full-time coach in the athletic department. And we're increasing the budget significantly for a sport that has a budget that's four or five times larger than any other sport we have."
In his resignation letter, Hessenauer contested Harris' view of things.
"Due to a lack of commitment and support from the school and those involved, my efforts would be better spent elsewhere," said Hessenauer. "The five years that I have spent coaching the MSOE program has been an enjoyable and rewarding experience. I strongly feel the program has grown tremendously under my leadership and I wish them the best of luck in the future."
Hessenauer coached MSOE for five seasons, compiling a 51-71-7 record. The Raiders were 3-21-1 this past season after setting a school record with 13 victories in 1999-2000.
He also served as secretary, treasurer and public relations director of the Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association.
Hessenauer played at Wisconsin-Whitewater, He began coaching youth hockey in his hometown of Janesville, Wis., and eventually moved into the high school ranks.
At MSOE, he twice earned MCHA coach of the year honors. He is finishing his communications degree at Wisconsin-Milwaukee with plans to pursue a masters in Sports Administration. His other duties at MSOE include director of the Red & White Booster Club and organizing fundraising programs for the athletic programs.
Attempts to reach Hessenauer for comment were unsuccessful.