Former UMass hockey forward Casey Wellman will head overseas for the first time in his career next season, inking a deal with Spartak Moscow of the KHL, the team's twitter account announced on Monday.
Wellman, who has spent the past three seasons in the Washington Capitals' organization, is the second Minuteman with NHL experience to head to the KHL as Matt Anderson '07 has played for Moscow Spartak, Zagreb Medvescak and Nizhnekamsk Neftekhimik since 2013.
Earlier this week on TheHockeyWriters.com, Michael Pityk had a piece on UMass hockey alum, former captain Conor Sheary and the possibility of NHL success in his future with the Pittsburgh Penguins organization.
In today's Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Jason Mackey has a piece on UMass hockey alum and former captain Conor Sheary who just wrapped up a stellar rookie campaign with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Sheary led the Baby Pens with 45 points during the regular season and ranked second with 20 goals. He has 23 points in 23 career playoff games in the AHL.
UMass senior standouts Troy Power (hockey) and Matt Keys (men's soccer) have some big plans after college and Joey Saade of the Daily Collegian spent some time with the student-athletes and discussed what's on their agendas following graduation next weekend.
The Meriden Record-Journal out of Meriden, Conn., has a feature in today's paper on UMass hockey senior defenseman Mike Busillo and the start of his pro hockey career. Busillo signed with the Stockton Thunder of the ECHL following the conclusion of the Minutemen's season.
With the Norfolk Admirals season complete, the Anaheim Ducks have called up former UMass defenseman Brandon Montour as a Black Ace for their Stanley Cup Playoff run. Montour had 20 points (3g, 17a) for the Minutemen this season and followed up with 10 points (1g, 9a) in 14 AHL games this spring.
Craig Forde has a article on former UMass captain Conor Sheary from the March edition of the New England Hockey Journal. Sheary has enjoyed great success in his first full season of pro hockey after bursting on the scene last postseason with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
Today on the Daily Collegian site, Anthony Chiusano has coverage of UMass hockey freshman Brandon Montour signing an NHL contract with the Anaheim Ducks. Chiusano spoke with both Montour and head coach John Micheletto about the signing.
While many of you were sleeping, UMass hockey picked up its first victory in a Hockey East Tournament win since 2009, defeating Notre Dame in Game 1 of the best-of-three opening round series, 4-3 in 5OT, the longest hockey game in NCAA Division I history.
The historic contest was covered by many news outlets:
In today's Daily Hampshire Gazette, Matt Vautour has a preview of UMass' Hockey East Tournament matchup at Notre Dame and focuses on redshirt sophomore Frank Vatrano, who played in his first game as a Minuteman one year ago in the Hockey East Tournament.
Today on the Daily Collegian site, Ross Gienieczko has a preview of UMass' Hockey East Tournament first round best-of-three matchup with Notre Dame. The Minutemen and the Fighting Irish open the weekend series tonight in Notre Dame, Ind., at 7:35 p.m.
In today's Daily Collegian, Jason Kates takes a look ahead to UMass' first round Hockey East Tournament matchup with Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. The Minutemen will be facing the Fighting Irish in a best-of-three this Friday and Saturday, with game three on Sunday, if necessary.
On this week's Inside Hockey East podcast, Bernie Corbett spoke with UMass senior goaltender Steve Mastalerz, who was named the Hockey East Co-Defensive Player of the Week earlier this week. The interview with Mastalerz begins around the 8:45 mark in the podcast.
The UMass hockey team will wrap up the regular season this weekend as it heads south to Hartford to take on Connecticut in a 7 p.m. matchup on Friday night. In today's Daily Collegian, Jason Kates has a preview of the Hockey East contest against the Huskies.
In today's Daily Collegian, Anthony Chiusano has a sidebar on the contributions of Maddison Smiley for UMass hockey. Smiley, a defenseman, has played his last five games at forward for the Minutemen and scored his first collegiate goal last Saturday vs. #12 Providence.
On the Daily Collegian site today Ross Gienieczko has a preview of UMass hockey's home-and-home with #12 Providence. The Minutemen play at Providence tonight before hosting the Friars on Senior Night on Saturday at the Mullins Center.
In today's Daily Collegian, Jason Kates has a sidebar on UMass hockey freshman Dennis Kravchenko. With three games remaining in the regular season, plus postseason play, Kravchenko is just two points shy of becoming the fifth Minuteman freshman to reach the 30-point plateau in the program's Hockey East era.
In today's Daily Collegian, Anthony Chiusano has a preview of UMass hockey's weekend home-and-home with UMass Lowell. In the first of three against the River Hawks, the Minutemen defeated UMass Lowell, 5-2 last Saturday.
In today's Daily Collegian, Ross Gienieczko has a sidebar on senior goaltender Steve Mastalerz's role in UMass hockey's recent success. Since the beginning of the second half, Mastalerz is 2-2 in his last four starts with a save percentage of .921.
In today's Daily Collegian, Ross Gienieczko has a preview of UMass hockey's weekend matchups against Northeastern and #12/11 UMass Lowell. The Minutemen host the Huskies on Friday and the River Hawks on Saturday in the Mullins Center.
In today's Daily Collegian, Jason Kates has a sidebar on UMass hockey freshman forward Dominic Trento. Trento, who missed time due to injury in November and December, has three points over the past two games for the Minutemen.
In today's Daily Collegian, Anthony Chiusano has a preview of UMass' Hockey East game at #2 Boston University tomorrow night. The Minutemen and Terriers will square off at Agganis Arena on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
In today's Daily Collegian, Jason Kates has a sidebar on UMass hockey's success since break and how the squad has evolved since opening the season against Boston University on Oct. 10. The Minutemen travel to Boston tomorrow night to face the Terriers at 7:30 p.m.
In today's Daily Hampshire Gazette, Matt Vautour has a great piece on the turnaround UMass hockey has made in the second half of the season and what the addition of NHL draft pick, freshman Brandon Montour has done to boost the Minutemen.
Today on USCHO.com, Nick Canelas has a great feature on UMass hockey freshman defenseman Brandon Montour who joined the Minutemen in December. Since the start of the second half, Montour leads UMass in scoring over the last nine games with 10 points (2g, 8a) and the squad is 4-4-1 in those contests.
In today's Daily Collegian, Jason Kates previews UMass hockey's home-and-home with Merrimack. The Minutemen will travel to North Andover on Friday for a 7 p.m. contest and then will host the Warriors on Saturday, Jan. 24, Kids Day at the Mullins Center.
Last night at the Mullins Center, the Minutemen collected some valuable Hockey East points, battling for a 6-4 win over New Hampshire, which included some heroics from reigning Hockey East player of the Week Shane Walsh who had a pair of third period goals. Several news outlets had coverage:
Today for the Daily Collegian, Anthony Chiusano has a preview of UMass hockey's weekend series vs. New Hampshire. The Minutemen host the Wildcats tonight at 7 p.m. in the Mullins Center and will travel to Durham, N.H. tomorrow, Jan. 17, for a nationally televised game that will air on NBC Sports Network at 6:30 p.m.
The publication Stadium Journey recently revealed its top 100 stadium experiences for 2014 after visiting more than 2,000 stadiums and arenas collectively. They also broke down the top 5-10 for each league/sport that they cover.
Coming in at No. 9 on The Best of College Hockey, was the Mullins Center and UMass Hockey.
Annie Maroon of MassLive had coverage yesterday of UMass redshirt sophomore forward, Western Mass., native Frank Vatrano earning a spot on the Hobey Baker ballot.
Awarded annually to college hockey's top player, the Hobey Baker's highly fan-voting opened on Wednesday, Jan. 7. Fans may vote once per day as the first phase of fan balloting will run now through March 8, 2015. Click here to vote for Vatrano.
UMass hockey redshirt sophomore forward Frank Vatrano is one of 59 nominees for the 2015 Hobey Baker Award. Awarded annually to college hockey's top player, the Hobey Baker's highly popular fan-voting opened on Wednesday, Jan. 7.
Fans may vote once per day as the first phase of fan balloting will run now through March 8, 2015. Phase two of fan balloting will begin on March 19 from the list of Top Ten Hobey Baker finalists. The fans' vote accounts for a full 1 percent of the total ballot in each phase in selecting this year's award recipient.
The Hartford Courant has a preview of tonight's UMass-UConn Hockey East matchup at the Mullins Center. The Minutemen and Huskies will meet this evening for the squads' first ever contest as Hockey East foes.
The UMass hockey team defeated Air Force 5-1 on Monday night in its second game of the Catamount Cup as five different Minutemen found the back of the net. Henry Dill earned the win in goal with 21 saves on 22 shots. Frank Vatrano posted a goal and two assists, while Ray Pigozzi had a goal in his first game back from injury.
Today on USCHO.com, Ken McMillan has a feature on UMass hockey alum Anthony Raiola and his work giving back with BOKS, Build Our Kids' Success, an initiative of the Reebok Foundation. BOKS is a free, before-school program that is designed to encourage physical activity for children.
Several media outlets covered UMass hockey's 8-3 loss to Northeastern last night, which also marked the collegiate debut of defenseman Brandon Montour. Montour, a 2014 second round NHL draft pick of the Anaheim Ducks, is the highest drafted Minuteman in program history.
Today for the Daily Collegian, Anthony Chiusano previews tonight's non-league matchup between UMass hockey and Northeastern at the Mullins Center, also mentioning the likely debut of freshman defenseman Brandon Montour.
In today's Daily Hampshire Gazette, Matt Vautour has a preview of tonight's UMass hockey game vs. Northeastern at the Mullins Center, focusing on the expected debut of freshman defenseman Brandon Montour.
Join head coach John Micheletto and guests Assistant Coach Ryan Miller and Director of Hockey Operations Kevin Czepiel tonight at 7 p.m. at Buffalo Wild Wings in Chicopee for the Bud Light UMass Hockey Show. Coach Micheletto and hosts Brock Hines and Adam Frenier will recap last weekend's Hockey East games against Notre Dame and preview next Tuesday's non-league matchup against Northeastern.
The live radio show airs from 7-8 p.m. on WHMP (AM 1400/1240, FM 96.9) in the Pioneer Valley. Additionally, fans can listen online at WHMP.com or by downloading the TuneIn Radio app on their mobile devices.
To interact with the broadcast team, tweet your questions for Coach Micheletto @UMassSportsNet or click here to "Ask the Coach". For additional information and a complete show schedule, visit our hockey radio information page.
In today's Daily Hampshire Gazette, Matt Vautour has a preview of UMass hockey's weekend matchups against Notre Dame. The Minutemen host the Fighting Irish tonight and tomorrow, Dec. 5-6, at 7 p.m. in the Mullins Center.
In today's Daily Collegian, Ross Gienieczko previews UMass hockey's upcoming two gaames against Hockey East foe Notre Dame. The Minutemen will host the Fighting Irish this Friday and Saturday, Dec. 5-6, at 7 p.m. in the Mullins Center.
In today's Daily Collegian, Anthony Chiusano has a piece on redshirt sophomore Frank Vatrano's recent offensive success. Vatrano has five goals in the past seven games and is tied for the team lead in goals scored.
In today's Daily Hampshire Gazette, Matt Vautour has a preview of UMass hockey's weekend matchups against #12 Boston College and #11/110 Vermont. Both contests are set for 7 p.m. starts Friday and Saturday at the Mullins Center.
Ross Gienieczko has a preview of UMass' hockey's Friday matchup with AIC in today's Daily Collegian. Finally back at the Mullins Center following a six-game road trip, the Minutemen will be taking on the Yellow Jackets tomorrow night at 7 p.m.
In today's Daily Collegian, Jason Kates takes a look at some of the story lines from Friday's UMass Hockey-AIC matchup. Western, Mass., native redshirt sophomore Frank Vatrano will be facing his older brother Greg's former team and redshirt senior captain Troy Power will square off against an old friend and former teammate from back home in California, AIC captain Steven Hoshaw.
In today's Daily Hampshire Gazette, Matt Vautour takes a look at the play of freshman goaltender and current Hockey East Rookie of the Week Henry Dill, while also previewing UMass hockey's weekend at Maine and giving a mention to the start of "Movember".
In today's Daily Collegian, Jason Kates previews UMass hockey's weekend road trip to Maine for a pair of Hockey East games. The Minutemen are wrapping up a string of six straight on the road with this weekend's contests in Orono.
On Tuesday Anthony Chiusano spoke with UMass hockey coach John Micheletto and freshman goaltender Henry Dill about the rookie's recent success in net for the Minutemen as Dill has made three straight starts for UMass and is the reigning Hockey East Rookie of the Week.
In today's Daily Collegian, Jason Kates takes a look at the play of UMass' line of sophomores Ray Pigozzi and Steven Iacobellis and freshman Patrick Lee, who combined for 10 points in the Minutemen's win at Michigan State last Saturday.
As the Minutemen prepare to head to Boston to face Northeastern and Boston College this weekend, Anthony Chiusano has this preview in today's Daily Collegian of the pair of matchups against Hockey East foes.
In today's Daily Collegian, Ross Gienieczko takes a look at the contributions the freshman class has made in the early going for the Minutemen. The Class of 2018 has five of the team's eight goals on the season through the first three games.
Congratulations to UMass hockey on having two goals from last weekend make the NCAA's Top-5 National Plays of the Week! Jake Horton's tally from Saturday night is No. 3 and Patrick Lee's game winner with 9.9 seconds left in regulation is No. 1. Check them out!
Jason Kates has a recap of UMass hockey's split at Michigan State this past weekend, which included the squad's first victory of the season, 4-3 over the Spartans on Saturday night and was fueled by 11 points from underclassmen.
Congratulations to former UMass netminder Jonathan Quick who tied Rogie Vachon's L.A. Kings franchise record with his 32nd career shutout last night, making 43 saves and stopping all three St. Louis shootout attempts.
Ross Gienieczko previews UMass hockey's weekend trip to Michigan State, the first pair of contests in a six-game road swing. The Minutemen will take on the Spartans both Friday and Saturday night at 7 p.m. in East Lansing, Mich.
Former UMass defenseman had a two-goal night last night to help the San Jose Sharks to a 6-5 overtime win over the Washington Capitals to improve their record to 3-0 to start the year.
Irwin became just the second former Minuteman to post a multi-goal effort in the NHL, joining Greg Mauldin who had four points (2g, 2a) against Minnesota on Nov. 27, 2010, while playing for the Colorado Avalanche.
USA Today had this post yesterday (with video) on For The Win about former Minuteman Jonathan Quick Jonathan Quick making a young fan's day by slipping him a secret autograph while he was on the bench during a preseason game against the Colorado Avalanche.