I have coached at the highest levels of hockey and have been a Head Hockey Coach at the NCAA Division One level for the last nine years. Over that time I have coached some outstanding hockey players, like George Hughes, who was a great leader and captain for one of my teams. George led the entire country in scoring by a defenseman as a senior, was voted First Team All-League and extremely cerebral.
George was an exceptional skater and he read the game remarkably well. George was an exciting player to watch as he made uncommon plays on a regular basis. What drove George was his passion for the sport and his incredible hockey IQ. He was on the forefront of what today’s modern day defensemen looks like… fluid, tough, mobile, up the ice and was a big part of the team’s offense. He was a pleasure to coach and genuinely enjoyable to watch play the game. He was a pure hockey player.
Head Coach-UMASS Minutemen