The defenseman will forgo his final year of eligibility with the Minutemen.
Looking to earn a berth into the Hockey East Tournament, the Minutemen will play a home-and-home weekend against the Warriors.
The Minutemen will head to Durham, N.H. for the penultimate weekend of the regular season.
Battling for a postseason berth, the Minutemen will play host to the Black Bears this Friday and Saturday, Feb. 22-23.
The Minutemen will take on the Huskies in a game that was rescheduled from Feb. 8.
UMass hockey players and coaches grow facial hair for a good cause.
Brock Hines interviews UMass head coach John Micheletto following the Minutemen's 4-1 victory over Connecticut in front of a record-setting crowd of 7,123 at the Mullins Center.
MIH VS. BC Photos by Thom Kendall '93
MIH vs. PROVIDENCE Photos by Thom Kendall '93
MIH VS. DENVER Photos by Thom Kendall '93
MIH vs. MSU (2) Photos by Thom Kendall '93
MIH vs. MSU (1) Photos by Thom Kendall '93
Micheletto earned his first career head coaching victory in his first game behind the bench at the Mullins Center, as UMass defeated Connecticut, 4-1 on October 12, 2012 in front 7,123 fans, the largest home opener crowd ever. He collected his first Hockey East win on November 1, 2012 when the Minutemen took down #9 New Hampshire in overtime, 2-1. Under Micheletto’s direction, numerous UMass players enjoyed career years in 2012-13, including Branden Gracel who was honored as a Hockey East All-Star for the first time in his career. Additionally, the Minutemen took take home a mid-season tournament title for only the second time in program history, defeating Bemidji State and No. 8 Dartmouth in the Ledyard National Bank Classic.
In 2013-14, the Minutemen set a Modern Era program record for power play percentage (.220), which finished the year ranked seventh in the nation. Two players that season reached the 100 career point plateau, moving into UMass Top 10 Scorers list: Michael Pereira (6th-t) and Conor Sheary (8th).
This past season in 2014-15, Micheletto guided UMass to its first Hockey East tournament victory since 2009, a five overtime thriller at Notre Dame, the longest game in NCAA Division I history. The Minutemen’s freshman class’ total of 111 points ranked second in the nation in 2014-15 and third all-time in program history, while rookie Dennis Kravchenko finished fifth nationally in freshmen scoring. Additionally, the sophomore forwards’ 1.94 points/game ranked twelfth in the NCAA. At the conclusion of the season, five players signed their first professional contracts, including Brandon Montour and Frank Vatrano who inked NHL deals.
Throughout his coaching career, Micheletto has been instrumental in identifying and developing players toward an NHL career. He has recruited or coached 32 NHL Draft Picks who have played over 1200 NHL games. Additionally, he has helped develop six undrafted free agents who have gone on to sign an NHL contract and played in over 700 games.
Micheletto’s nine seasons at the University of Vermont were highlighted by a trip to the 2009 NCAA Frozen Four in Washington, D.C., and a successive trip to the NCAA tournament in 2010. He began his tenure in Burlington in 2003-04 when the Catamounts were still members of the ECAC and helped UVM through its transition into Hockey East in 2005-06. The Catamounts won 96 games in the five seasons between 2004 and 2009, the most victories for any five-year span since UVM joined the ECAC Division 1 ranks in 1974. While Micheletto was a part of the Vermont staff, 12 different Catamounts were selected in the NHL Draft including Connor Brickley who was taken in the 2010 second round (the third highest draft pick in program history) and Viktor Stalberg of the New York Rangers. In all, over 20 former players went on to play professional hockey in the United States, Canada and Europe during Micheletto’s time at UVM. In June 2006, Micheletto was promoted to associate head coach at Vermont and served as the program’s director of recruiting.
Before his tenure at Vermont, the Chicago native was an assistant coach at the University of Notre Dame (1999-03) and at Union College (1996-99). Before moving to the collegiate level, Micheletto spent five years (1991-96) in the prep ranks at The Hill School in Pottstown, Pa. Micheletto served as the Dean of Students, an instructor of English, and a dorm parent. As the head coach of the hockey team, he helped resurrect the program during his time there. Micheletto has been involved with USA Hockey during his career both on the national and international level. He spent six summers as a coach for the Atlantic District Select teams that competed at USA Hockey’s Junior Olympic Festival. In August of 2000, he was selected as an assistant coach for the U.S. Under-18 Select Team which competed at the Four Nations Tournament in Kezmarok, Slovakia. Team USA posted five wins before falling to Canada in the championship game. A 1984 graduate of the Milton (Mass.) Academy, Micheletto served as team captain and boarding school president. Micheletto then attended Dartmouth College, graduating in 1990 with a degree in English modified with Education. He pursued a professional hockey career, which included stops with the Enschede Lions of the Netherlands First Division and the Erie (Pa.) Golden Blades of the now defunct Atlantic Coast Hockey League.
Coach Micheletto has been an active participant in the Movember Foundation, which raises money and awareness of men’s health issues. Micheletto and his wife, Melinda, a college marketing professor and business consultant, were married in 2004. They live in Hadley with their current crew of rescued pets: three dogs and a cat.
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