Monday, September 14, 2015


Michael Gershon was an impressive, hard-hitting defenseman for the Golden Eagles who graduated in 2009. He was a top-notch blueliner who scored a hat trick in 7-2 demolition of Geneseo in 2008 and was awarded Second Team All-SUNYAC honors that same season.

Robert Morris made the following announcement today:

The Robert Morris University men's hockey team announced today that Michael Gershon has joined the staff as a volunteer assistant coach.

Gershon comes to the Colonials from the North American Hockey League's Keystone Ice Miners, where he served as head coach, president and general manager during the 2014-15 season.

Gershon was previously head coach and general manager of the NAHL's Port Huron Fighting Falcons for two seasons, overseeing the relocation and rebranding of the team as the Keystone franchise in Connellsville, Pa. Prior to becoming head coach and general manager, Gershon served as the Falcons assistant coach for one season.

"We are very pleased that Michael has joined our staff," said head coach Derek Schooley. "To be able to add a coach with three years of junior hockey head coaching experience will not only add to our players' development but add to our staff's development."

"Mike has a good hockey mind and we are excited to have him work with the Colonial Hockey program," said Schooley.

As a three-year NAHL head coach, Gershon led the development and advancement of his players, moving 21 players into the college hockey ranks. In those three seasons, Gershon coached his team to three consecutive NAHL postseason appearances including an NAHL North Division Title at Port Huron. Gershon compiled an 88-57-19 record in those three seasons, serving as a both a head coach and assistant coach for NAHL Top Prospects games.

A former NCAA Division III defenseman, Gershon graduated from SUNY-Brockport with a degree in Communcations in 2009. Gershon was named second-team All-SUNYAC in the 2008-09 season and served as an assistant captain during his senior campaign.

Gershon played professionally in the ECHL on the Wheeling Nailers defense in 2010-2011 and for the IHL's Port Huron Icehawks in 2009-10.

Monday, July 20, 2015


Brockport picked up a big, physical defenseman in Connar Bass, who is 6'4" tall and 200 pounds. The 21 year old hails from Calgary and has spent some time in the Juniors throughout Canada, even making a  stop at Flin Flon, the same team that produced Bobby Clarke.

Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM

2011-12 Olds Grizzlys AJHL 1 0 0 0 0

2012-13 Olds Grizzlys AJHL 46 1 3 4 42

2013-14 Calgary Mustangs AJHL 12 0 2 2 23

2013-14 Flin Flon Bombers SJHL 14 0 1 1 12

2013-14 Waywayseecappo Wolverines MJHL 30 1 7 8 26

2014-15 Waywayseecappo Wolverines MJHL 59 2 17 19 42

Friday, July 17, 2015


The Niagara Falls Canucks announced that Trevor Simonick will be playing for the Brockport Golden Eagles beginning in the 2015-2016 season. Trevor, an assistant captain this past season, was 3rd on the team in scoring with 18 goals and 18 assists for 36 points. The smooth skating, offensive defenseman split time between forward and defense for the Canucks, and was an anchor on the team's powerplay.

Simonick is a physical presence at 6'2" tall and 200 pounds. He is 21 and hails from Amherst, NY.

Thursday, July 16, 2015


Among the pick-ups for the 2015-2016 season is Tim Kielich. Tim is 21 years old, 6 feet tall and 175 pounds. He hails from East Aurora, NY. After playing for St. Francis, he spent 4 seasons with the Buffalo Junior Sabres under the tutelage of general manager and head coach Michael Peca.

He has sported solid numbers throughout his career, and doesn't spend a lot of time in the penalty box. He has a knack for elevating his game with clutch goals in tight games or in the playoffs which will make him a welcome addition to the Golden Eagles as they battle SUNYAC foes.

Regular Season Playoffs
Season Team
2011-12 Buffalo Jr. Sabres
45 13 15 28 24   7 3 3 6 0
2012-13 Buffalo Jr. Sabres
49 10 17 27 28   10 0 1 1 0
2013-14 Buffalo Jr. Sabres
52 8 15 23 19   11 4 3 7 0
2014-15 Buffalo Jr. Sabres
54 16 21 37 12   7 2 2 4 0

Tuesday, July 14, 2015


With Aaron Green having graduated in May and Andrew Winsor having left the Golden Eagles after the first semester of the 2014-2015 season, restocking the goaltending ranks was paramount for the team as only Jared Lockhurst remains.

A recent recruit is a local one. Jake Moore, 21, was born in Arcade, New York. The 6'1" 205 goalie had spent this past season with the Springfield Pics of the USPHL during which he went 5-25 with a 4.91 goals against average and a .869 save percentage.

Here are Jake's statistics...

Season Team

2012-13 Youngstown Phantoms
8 0 0 427 27 0 0 3.79 4 2 0 142 0.840

2012-13 Duluth Clydesdales
12 0 0

2013-14 Youngstown Phantoms
6 0 0 364 32 0 0 5.28 1 4 1 160 0.833

2013-14 Johnstown Tomahawks
13 0 0 607 30 0 0 2.96 5 5 0 310 0.912

2014-15 Springfield Pics
49 0 0 1772 145 0 0 4.91 5 25 0 958 0.869

Thursday, June 18, 2015


Mark you calendars: The alumni & friends golf tournament is Saturday, August 29th at 1:00pm at Hickory Ridge. It's a fun way to support the team!

Friday, June 12, 2015

2015-2016 SCHEDULE

Last week Coach Dickinson released the 2015-2016 schedule. And a fine schedule it is! You can see it in the right-hand side bar of this blog.

Here are some takeaways after reviewing it:

It's good to see the team actively promoting the green/white game and welcoming the Brockport community to attend. Fans will attend this scrimmage and it's a good way to get them excited for what the season holds.

The weekends that saw Brockport play consecutive road games at Buffalo and Fredonia and Oswego and Cortland have seen a change in scheduling. Now, those weekends are splits...Brockport will play one game at home, one on the road. This is a wise move by Dickinson and his fellow coaches as it cuts down on hotel and travel costs and it ensures max capacity games all weekend -- too often in the SUNYAC, teams that hosted twice over a weekend would get one great turnout and another that was so-so. This move should increase attendance not only at Tuttle North, but across the conference as well. 

With such scheduling balance, Brockport has only one weekend during which it hosts two games (the first weekend in December). With a dozen home games (counting the green & white) on the schedule, that means we have a winter that sees the home experience spread out nicely, which is a great way to beat the boredom of winter if we get another cold and snowy one like the one we just had.

Alumni weekend is December 4th and 5th when Plattsburgh and Potsdam come to town from the North Country.

The annual Saves For a Cure game will take place on January 30th when Brockport hosts Canton.

Brockport will be playing in two tournaments this season...the Castleton Tourney at which they have become regulars and the Codfish Bowl at UMASS. Dickinson played in the Codfish Bowl in the 1980s, so it will be pretty neat to see him take his team there.

In a nice two-weekend stretch in January, the Golden Eagles take on the non-SUNYAC upstate New York teams --- Elmira, Hobart, and Nazareth. That's good hockey and an excellent warm-up for the second semester of SUNYAC play. 

Everyone always likes to mark the Geneseo game at Tuttle North on their calendar: Friday, February 5th for this intense rivalry game.


Friday, June 5, 2015


In Division III, participants in team sports are truly student-athletes with the emphasis on "student".

The Golden Eagles men's hockey team proved once again that they aren't slouches in the classroom as made evident by the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Spring 2015 All-Academic teams.

The SUNYAC honor roll list is comprised of those who held a grade point average (GPA) at or above 3.30 for the year. This year's honorees:

Bobby Chayka, Aaron Green, David Horan, Jared Lockhurst, Chris Luker, Andrew Parks, James Ryan, Dylan Shapiro, Kody Vaisanen, and Aidan Verbeke.

The Commissioner's List is awarded to student-athletes who have an overall GPA of 3.30 or better for three semesters. The line-up:

Bobby Chayka, Jesse Facchini, Aaron Green, Jared Lockhurst, Chris Luker, Andrew Parks, James Ryan, and Kody Vaisanen.

Congratulations, men, keep up the good work!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015


Outgoing Seniors: Bobby Chayka, Troy Polino, Kody Vaisanen, Aaron Green

The hockey team had their annual end-of-the-year ceremony on Saturday. Here are the awards that were handed out...

Chris Palin Rookie of the Year Award: Ryan Kangas
Jimmy Mac Most Improved Player Award: Kody Vaisanen
EJ McGuire 7th Player Award: Chad Cummings
Bob Pedersen Coaches Award: Aaron Green
Brian Cavanaugh Most Outstanding Player Award: Chase Nieuwendyk
Outstanding Scholar Athlete Award: Aaron Green

Outgoing Seniors
Bobby Chayka
Aaron Green
Troy Polino
Kody Vaisanen (graduating after 3 years)

Chase Nieuwendyk - MVP
Chad Cummings-7th Player Award
Ryan Kangas-Rookie of the Year
Aaron Green-Coaches Award & Scholar Athlete
Kody Vaisanen-Most Improved Player

Friday, March 27, 2015


At last night's Division III championship banquet in Minneapolis the D3 All-Americans were announced and Brockport's Chase Nieuwendyk was designated as Third Team All-American in the east. He is just the second Brockport hockey player to ever receive All-American honors.

Nieuwendyk had 18 goals and 12 assists this season, which included an amazing 11-8-19 line in 16 conference games. He had 9 power play goals on the year, second most in the nation.

Here is the official list:

2015 AHCA/CCM Division III Men's All-Americans:


Jamie Murray, jr., Babson

Jake Turrin, sr., Amherst

Bobby Gertsakis, sr., Oswego State

Ryan Cole, so., Trinity

Shawn Hulshof, so., Oswego State

William Pelletier, so., Norwich


Nathaniel Heilbron, jr., Trinity

Alec Thieda, sr., Norwich

Mike Vollmin, jr., Babson

Nick Zappia, sr., Cortland State Forward
Stephen Buco, sr., UMass Boston

Jarryd ten Vaanholt, jr., Elmira

 Alex Larson, jr., Nichols Goalie
 Kyle Shapiro, sr., Nichols Defense
 Michael Flynn, sr., Trinity Defense
 Michael Hawkrigg, jr., Trinity Forward
 Brad McBride, sr., Hobart Forward
 Chase Nieuwendyk, jr., SUNY Brockport Forward

Wednesday, March 11, 2015


Anthony Buonasera of the Stylus wrote this nice article that looks at what assistant coach Stephen Mallaro has meant to the program...

Tuesday, March 10, 2015


The State University of New York Athletic Conference is proud to announce the Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Coach of the Year and All-Conference Teams for the 2014-15 men's ice hockey season. All the awards were voted on by the head coaches in the conference.

The MVP Herb Hammond award was given to Oswego's Shawn Hulshof (Stouffville, Ont). Rookie of the Year went to Cortland's Dan Broderick (White Plains, N.Y.). Plattsburgh's Bob Emery was named Coach of the Year.

Oswego's Shawn Hulshof was named this year's SUNYAC Player of the Year. The sophomore forward led his team with 40 points (19 goals and 21 assists), helping the Lakers to an 18-3-4 overall and 12-2-2 regular season conference record and a second place finish in the SUNYAC tournament. Oswego received an at-large bid into the NCAA Division III tournament where they will play Hobart College on Saturday.

Cortland's Dan Broderick took the SUNYAC Rookie of the Year honors. The White Plains native tallied 40 points on the year in 25 games, with 17 goals and 23 assists. Broderick notched 26 points in conference play, placing him fourth in the conference, with 14 goals and 12 assists in his freshman campaign.

The Coach of the Year went to Plattsburgh's Bob Emery. In his 26th season at the helm of the Plattsburgh program, he led the Cardinals to a 13-2-1 conference record and the SUNYAC tournament championship crown, its first since 2012. The SUNYAC title was the program's 22nd in its history. This is the seventh time Emery has been honored as the SUNYAC Coach of the Year. The Caridnals will head into the NCAA Division III tournament with an automatic bid.

The 2014-15 SUNYAC Ice Hockey All-Conference Teams are listed below.

2014-15 SUNYAC Ice Hockey All-Conference Teams (PDF)
First Team
Name School Position Year Height Weight Hometown
Chase Nieuwendyk Brockport F Jr. 6--0 180 Georgetown, Ont
Nick Zappia Cortland F Sr. 5--11 185 Manlius, NY
Shawn Hulshof Oswego F So. 6--2 195 Stouffville, Ont
Chris Luker Brockport D Jr. 6--4 190 New Hartford, NY
Bobby Gertsakis Oswego D Sr. 5--10 175 Pickering, Ont
Jon Hall Potsdam G Jr. 6--4 205 Dexter, NY
Second Team
Name School Position Year Height Weight Hometown
Alex Botten Oswego F So. 5--10 185 Newmarket, Ont
Michael Cassidy Plattsburgh F Sr. 5--11 177 West Seneca, NY
Connor Toomey Plattsburgh F Sr. 5--10 160 Billerica, MA
Brandon Beadow Plattsburgh D Sr. 6--1 220 Kapuskasing, Ont
Anthony Calabrese Plattsburgh D Jr. 5--10 185 Bridgeton, NJ
Matt Zawadzki Oswego G So. 6--0 180 Fort Mill, SC
Third Team
Name School Position Year Height Weight Hometown
Tyler Bricker Geneseo F Sr. 6--0 190     Riverwoods, Ill.
Mike Montagna Oswego F Sr. 5--11 185 Fulton, NY
Kevin Emmerling Plattsburgh F Jr. 5--9 179 Northbridge, MA
Ben Kramer Buffalo State D Jr. 5--9 165 Great Neck, NY
Jack Caradonna Geneseo D Sr. 5--11 180 Markham, Ontario
Nick Horrigan Geneseo G Jr. 6--3 170 Mount Forest, Ontario
Player of the Year MVP Herb Hammond Award Shawn Hulshof, Oswego
Rookie of the Year Rookie of the Year Dan Broderick, Cortland
Coach of the Year Coach of the Year Bob Emery, Plattsburgh

Monday, March 2, 2015



Dylan Shapiro was selected as the SUNYAC hockey rookie of the week.

As the folks at SUNYAC put it....

Dylan Shapiro exploded for two goals in a victory over the higher seeded Geneseo Knights, as Brockport upset the # 3 seed Knights 6-4 Wednesday.

Aaron Green was selected as the SUNYAC goalie of the week.

Here's what SUNYAC noted of his performances...

Aaron Green had a tremendous performance in Brockport's upset victory over #3 seed Geneseo. He topped his career high with 59 saves in the 6-4 victory over the Knights. The Golden Eagles lost to #1 seed Plattsburgh in the semifinal but Aaron Green did all he could to keep the team in the game, finishing with 34 saves on 40 shots faced. Brockport lost 7-5 as the Cardinals scored an empty net goal late in the game.

Sunday, March 1, 2015


Brockport gave the Plattsburgh machine a serious run for its money in last night's playoff game, hanging in there at 6-5 till the last couple of minutes when the Cardinals put the game out of reach with an empty netter.

That dramatic game and getting so close to the SUNYAC championship game was the icing on the cake for what was one of the most entertaining and memorable Brockport seasons in memory. I would put it a close second to the 2008-2009 team which I rank as my all-time favorite in my 22 seasons watching the team....that's how special this year was.

The team and personal accomplishments were many.

Early in the season, Brockport almost took Plattsburgh on home ice with a nail-biting 1-0 affair.

Saves For a Cure weekend was a smashing success with 2 jersey auctions.

They tied the always powerful Oswego in Oswego's barn.

Brockport won the Rutland Herlad Invitational during the Thanksgiving break.

The Golden Eagles shut out Buffalo State and Fredonia in consecutive games.

They had a team record six-game winning streak.

They avenged a 0-2 regular season record against our greatest rival Geneseo by beating them in the playoffs 6-4.

Chase Nieuwwendyk scored 18 goals on the season, including 11 in SUNYAC play. He was magical every time he touched the puck and many of his plays were jaw-dropping.

Chris Luker surpassed 20 points again, an amazing accomplishment for a defenseman.

Speaking of defensemen, Bobby Chayka had an unprecedented performance for one, scoring a hat trick in  a playoff game...against Plattsburgh no less.

In the regular season, James Ryan also scored a hat trick against Plattsburgh.

Ryan Kangas surpassed 20 points as a freshman.

Aaron Green had one of the best seasons ever for a Brockport goalie, with single seasons totals that saw the second best goals-against-average, second best save percentage, the third-most wins by a goalie, two shutouts, 59 saves against Geneseo in the playoffs and an out of this world .927 save percentage and 2.24 GAA in conference play.

These are just a few of the things that made this season so memorable.

Thank you to the players and coaches for making 2014-2015 special.

The season makes me damn proud to be a fan of the Golden Eagles.

Thanks for the ride!

Thanks for the memories!