CHN: Hockey East Team-By-Team Preview - UMass Athletics

CHN: Hockey East Team-By-Team Preview

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College Hockey News released its team-by-team preview yesterday. Here is the UMass portion:

Massachusetts Minutemen

Head Coach: John Micheletto

2011-12 Record: 13-18-5, 9-14-4 Hockey East (8th)

Who's Back: Jr. F Mike Pereira (17-17-34), Jr. F Conor Sheary (12-23-35), Jr. F Branden Gracel (7-14-21) Jr. D Joel Hanley (7-18-25), Jr. Conor Allen (7-7-14), Soph. G Kevin Boyle (8-7-4, 3.00, .895)

2012-13 Outlook: Again this season, the story of the Minutemen is their junior class. With a deep and wide talent breadth, this group forms the nucleus from all four sets of forwards to the blue line.

John Micheletto begins his first season as coach after Don "Toot" Cahoon retired over the summer. Having seen this primary core of Minutemen three times a year for the past two seasons, the UMass coach had an impression of his new team before even stepping on campus.

"I've always been impressed with their speed and their work ethic," Micheletto said. "Those things continue to impress me. You never know how coachable or receptive guys are going to be when you're on the outside. That's one thing that's really struck me. Their sponges. They're wide-eyed. They're assimilating information into their everyday work habits. Those things are good to see. I shouldn't be surprised, because I've always admired their work ethic. To see it first hand has been great, but you never really know until you're there."

Read the full preview here.

Coach Micheletto is also mentioned in Joe Meloni's "Hockey East: What To Watch, 2012-13"

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