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
John Micheletto, a 23-year coaching veteran who spent nine years at Hockey East rival Vermont including five seasons as associate head coach, was named the UMass men's ice hockey program's 13th head coach on July 16, 2012. He enters his fourth year at the helm for the Minutemen in 2015-16.
Micheletto earned his first career head coaching victory on October 12, 2012, as UMass defeated Connecticut, 4-1 at the Mullins Center. 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. 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.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. At the conclusion of the season, five players signed their first professional contracts, including Brandon Montour and Frank Vatrano who inked NHL deals.
Micheletto began his tenure at Vermont in 2003-04 when the Catamounts were still members of the ECAC. He helped UVM through its transition into Hockey East in 2005-06 with his time in Burlington, highlighted by a trip to the 2009 NCAA Frozen Four. 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 Nashville Predators. 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. Prior to his stint at Vermont, the Chicago native was an assistant coach at 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 tenure. Micheletto has been heavily 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. Micheletto helped guide Team USA to 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. Micheletto and his wife Melinda were married in the summer of 2004. They have a cat and two rescued dogs.
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