Monday, February 15, 2021

Alumnus makes the national news in a heart-warming way


You may have seen on ABC world news last week the story about Jim Kasta whose wedding took place in an ICU in Rochester. He played for Brockport in the early 1990s.

Said the newlywed Mrs. Kasta: “I guess my wish is for everyone to realize that even in the midst of a pandemic that love is always there and if you look you’ll find it.”

Watch the video and read the story here:

https://abcnews.go.com/US/valentines-day-hospital-patients-heart-warming-wedding-icu/story?id=75842275

Friday, February 5, 2021

An old interview with James Cody

With James Cody having been selected for the SUNYAC's All-Decade Team, let's reminisce. Here's a 2011 interview conducted by Mike Baggerman, who was one of hockey's voices for WBSU:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sL6b-nBFA84

Cody, Nieuwendyk celebrated by SUNYAC

 


Brockport alum's Chase Nieuwendyk and James Cody were named to the SUNYAC Men's Ice Hockey All-Decade Team in a release by the conference office on Friday.

Under the guidance of Head Coach Brian Dickinson, the Golden Eagles made seven SUNYAC Tournament appearances over the course of the decade. The green and gold posted 120 wins, including 65 victories in SUNYAC play in the decade. They also totaled eight seasons with double digit victories. They have made the conference tournament in six of the last seven seasons and they have posted two consecutive 15 win seasons.
 
Hailing from Georgetown, Ontario, Canada and having played in the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL), Chase Nieuwendyk brought his talents to Brockport playing four years for the green and gold from 2012-16. He is the only two-time All-American in program-history (2nd Team in 2016, 3rd Team in 2015) and he was a two-time SUNYAC All-Conference First Team selection. He also added D3hockey.com All-Region accolades to his credit.
 
In his senior season, he ranked seventh in the nation in scoring with an average of 1.42 points per game. He is tied for eighth all-time in career goals at Brockport with 45. He also finished his career with 56 assists in 92 career games. He capped his senior campaign by capturing his 100th career point in the last weekend of the season. He tied for the team lead in points in 2013-14 with 24 and would go on to lead the team during the 2014-15 season in goals (18) and points (30). In his final year playing for the Green and Gold, Nieuwendyk became just the fifth player in program-history to lead the team in goals (16) assists (24) and points (38) in a single season.
 
James Cody played four years in the green and gold (2008-12). In 2012, Cody earned All-American Second Team honors and he was also named the SUNYAC Player of the Year. He was a two-time SUNYAC All-Conference selection (1st team in 2012, 3rd team in 2011). He is currently the only player in program-history to earn SUNYAC Player of the Year honors and he was the first All-American in the history of the program.
 
Cody led the team in scoring for four consecutive seasons. His senior year, he scored his 100th career point in upset fashion over nationally-ranked No. 5 Elmira in overtime. Cody finished ranked sixth all-time in career points (116) and tied for fourth in career goals (60). He also added 56 total assists.
 
To be eligible for the all-decade team, athletes must have competed in the SUNYAC at least one season during the 2009-10 academic year through 2019-20 and athletes must have been named to the All-SUNYAC team more than once or named Athlete of the Year once. Athlete and Coach of the Decade recipients were previously named SUNYAC Athlete of the Year or Coach of the Year.

Brockport lands two on All-Decade Team

Longtime fans of the program will fondly remember James Cody and Chase Nieuwendyk. You knew you were watching greatness on the ice. Those men have been named to the SUNYAC's All-Decade team of the 2010s. Congratulations!! 

 


 

Monday, February 1, 2021

Help Pete Gallivan meet his fundraising goal

 


The 11 Day Power Play is an event organized by Buffalo locals Mike and Amy Lesakowski. Their goal is to raise money to fight cancer in Western New York through fundraisers centered around breaking the record for the world’s longest continuous hockey game.

The money raised from this eleven-day-long game goes toward supporting cancer research and wellness programs throughout the region. To date, the 11 Day Power Play has raised and donated over five million dollars for cancer research.

After a few years of having something called "the community shift" in play, which moved the 11 Day Power Play from a select few hockey players to the community at large playing in 3 hour shifts, Covid limitations have changed the game.

2021's event, taking place November 13th to November 24th, has been set to just 40 players. Thousands applied for this incredibly-popular and positive event.

Of those chosen was our own Pete Gallivan.

Pete played for the Golden Eagles in the 1980s.

He's quite familiar to all of WNY as the co-host of WGRZ TV's morning news show -- Daybreak.

Pete has already started his fundraising campaign for the event and his goal is $15,000. We can help him surpass that goal.

You can donate via his campaign Facebook page:


You can also send a check payable to: The 11 Day Power Play. PO. Box 4 Buffalo, NY 14223. If doing so, be sure to mention Pete.

Let's support Pete and his charitable efforts.

Let's support the 11 Day Power Play and the fight against cancer.

Sunday, January 31, 2021

Boston Jr. Rangers press release for Rodrigue's commitment

 


The Boston Junior Rangers are pleased to announce that Jacob Rodrigue has committed to SUNY Brockport for the fall of 2021. The 2000-born native of Nashua, NH is in his 2nd year with the Rangers, and his first full season with the program. The defensive defenseman has tallied 11 total points in 54 career games in the Eastern Hockey League (EHL).

"We are very proud of Rod," said EHL head coach and general manager Rich DeCaprio. "When he got here last season, we could tell right away that he had the potential to be a really good college hockey defenseman. He’s big, and can really skate and control the puck. He’s matured mentally so much over the last season and a half. He’s basically a 2001 birth year by a couple hours. His ceiling is very high. I look forward to watching his college career at Brockport!”

As DeCaprio mentioned, Rodrigue's game has truly developed throughout his time with the Rangers, and clear proof of that can be seen in the EHL All-Star recognition that he received this season. Overall, Rodrigue is the 2nd player in program history to choose Brockport, joining Connor Galloway who made the same decision this past season.

"It has been an honor to be a part of the Jr. Rangers organization and wear the BJR uniform the past 2 years, as well as play in the EHL as a whole," said Rodrigue. "Coach DeCaprio does an excellent job preparing his players both physically and mentally for the rigors of intense competition at the next level. He has a proven track record of moving guys on to great NCAA Division III programs and I’m proud to be a result of that."

Rodrigue went on to talk about his decision to choose SUNY Brockport.

"My commitment to Brockport was an easy decision for myself to make," added Rodrigue. "The SUNYAC is a great conference to play in, as well as a great place to go to school, and I couldn’t be more excited to play under the great coaching staff at Brockport for the next 4 years. My time in the EHL and with BJR has prepared me for an opportunity like this and I’m going to make the most of it.”

Rodrigue and the Rangers sit at the very top of the Central Division standings with a record of 24-2-1. The veteran defenseman will look to help lead his team down the stretch, as they push to clinch that #1 seed and a bye in the First Round of the EHL Playoffs.

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Aarons commits to Brockport

 


The New Hampshire Avalanche are pleased to announce that Chris Aarons has committed to SUNY Brockport for the fall of 2021. The 2000-born native of Clifton Park, NY is in his 3rd season with the Avalanche, and is serving as the team captain this year. In 95 career games in the Eastern Hockey League (EHL), the captain has registered 23 goals and 50 assists.

"Aarons has been a huge part of the Avalanche family," said EHL head coach and general manager Chris Cerrella. "He has been a great leader both on and off the ice, as well as a great player for us. Chris Aarons has been the definition of what it means to be an Avalanche. I am very excited about his decision to go to SUNY Brockport. They are doing a lot of great things there and it is a perfect fit all around. I could not be happier for Chris and his family, and I think he is a great addition to the Brockport academic and athletic community. Aarons will be missed around the Ice Den, and he will be tough to replace."

As Cerrella mentioned, Aarons has been an integral part of the Avalanche program, dating back to the 2018-19 season. At the end of that year, Aarons tipped home a shot from Jake Mendeszoon in the EHL Championship Game, a contest that finished with the Avalanche claiming their 2nd consecutive title.

Aarons will be reunited with Mendeszoon, along with Cam Barbagallo, Tim Cronin, and AJ Przystawski this fall. The Avalanche to Brockport pipeline is strong, and the veteran forward is beyond excited and grateful to add his name to the list.

"I'm very proud to announce my commitment to SUNY Brockport," said Aarons. "I’d like to thank Coach Cerrella, Coach Martiniello, Coach Caliguri, and Coach Soryal for their endless support and knowledge. I’d also like to thank all of my teammates from the last 3 years for creating unforgettable memories. The Avalanche have set me up for success both on and off the ice for my coming time at Brockport.”

With this decision now complete, the EHL All-Star can focus on what lies ahead for his current team, as he looks to lead the Avalanche on another deep postseason run.

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Neutral Zone interview with Chris Aarons

One of Brockport's newest additions is Chris Aarons. In the EHL scouting reports created by Neutral Zone, they have him ranked as 9th best among the 2000 year class. They say "Crafty in tight areas and the puck finds him. End of game type player w/leadership qualities." Here's an interview Neutral Zone did with the young man back in 2019:

https://www.neutralzone.net/mens/2019/10/15/interview-chris-aarons-hopes-to-turn-championship-season-into-college-commitment/

Monday, January 25, 2021

Rodrigue commits to Brockport




Brockport has secured another solid commitment. Jacob Rodrigue, at 6'5" will be a force to reckon with. He plays clean, mistake-free defense and he can cover a lot of ice in a hurry. In 27 games for the Boston Junior Rangers in 2019-2020, he had a 0-6-6 line with only 14 PIM. In 26 games of the 2020-2021 season he has a 1-4-5 line with, again, only 14 PIM.

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Aarons commits to Brockport


Chris Aarons has made the commitment to play at Brockport. He will be an excellent addition to the Golden Eagles. The 5'9", 180-pound forward has a great, all-around combination of leadership, grit, and playmaking ability.

He is the captain of the New Hampshire Avalanche.

While wearing the "C" in 2019-2020, he had a 11-31-42 line and 51 PIM in 43 games.

In 14 games so far in the 2020-2021 season, he has amassed a 5-12-17 line with 18 PIM.

Friday, December 18, 2020

A look back at the 2OT playoff game

The Press-Republican looks back at the top Plattsburgh-area sports stories of 2020. Making the list is the Cardinals 2OT win over the Golden Eagles in the playoffs. We would have loved a Brockport win but it was an incredible game, one of the best ever -- the 9th longest in NCAA history. It was also the last DIII hockey we'll see until October of 2021 -- or later.

https://www.pressrepublican.com/sports/local_sports/2020-top-20-no-9-plattsburgh-tops-brockport-in-double-overtime/article_00f38e5b-9ada-5991-9638-ab666bab2449.html

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Eshow interviews Coach Dickinson



Give a listen to the EShow podcast which covers EHL hockey. The newest episode features a great, 35-minute free-flowing interview with Brockport coach Brian Dickinson who speaks on a wide variety of topics like his love for the EHL, his NCAA coaching journey, how COVID has impacted the game and student-athletes, and his fight with cancer and how the community and hockey world have been there for him.

https://www.tjhpodcast.com/eshow-ep049-persevering-through-challenge/

Friday, November 20, 2020

Stylus report on Coach Dickinson

Tyler West of the Stylus wrote this excellent article about Coach's cancer diagnosis and what Brian means to Golden Eagle Hockey, the players, the students, and the entire Brockport community:

 

‘Dedicated, consistent, genuine’: SUNY Brockport men’s hockey coach diagnosed with cancer, community and team rally in support

By Tyler West / News Editor

More than just a coach — that’s one thing the men who have played for him all say he is.

“He cares about his players and treats us as if we were his own. As a person he’s taught me that there’s more to life than hockey,” SUNY Brockport junior Mitch Parsons said.

Brian Dickinson, Head Coach of the SUNY Brockport men’s hockey team, was recently diagnosed with cancer. A man who has offered support, hard work, and dedication to the Brockport community for over 20 years, is now getting that in return.

Dickinson has been the head coach since 1996 and has tallied over 200 career wins. He has coached 24 all-conference players, with nine First-Team selections, two players of the year and one rookie of the year. He was even named the SUNYAC Coach of the Year — twice.

But when you ask his team about him, they say that he is so much more than just a coach.

“One thing Coach has taught me is that life is bigger than just hockey. The morals and values he lives by, and the things that he constantly preaches backs this up,” SUNY Brockport senior Casey Winn said. “He always tells us to have each other’s backs, whether it’s on or off the ice. Stand up and look out for one another. He always wants us involved in the community. He just wants us to be good people and treat others with respect. It shows the type of person Coach is.”

Winn has played for the team for three years now, and he says he can’t imagine what the hockey team would look like without Dickinson. And he’s not the only one.

Dickinson’s team describes him as the backbone, the face of the team, and note his constant dedication to not only the team, but the community.

“The amount of time and effort he has put forth for this team is unbelievable with recruiting, planning schedules, and making practice plans,” SUNY Brockport junior Corey Tam said. “One thing that Coach has taught me is the value of hard work. He demonstrates hard work with whatever he does whether it’s at practice, working at the SERC or in the mail-room, or volunteering on campus for an event. He is always willing to put in the work.”

There’s no doubt that Coach Dickinson genuinely cares about his team’s well-being. Each Thanksgiving, he opens his house to his team for dinner if they can’t be home with their families. This is something many of his players — former and current — say they will always remember.

“He genuinely cares about his players. To be honest, I’ve been around the hockey world a long time and the best coaches care about the well-bring of their players, both on and off the ice,” SUNY Brockport alum Matthew DeLuca said. “Without a doubt, he cared about us. Each year he even opened up his own house for Thanksgiving dinner to all of the players, especially like myself, who lived too far away to travel home and back before our annual Thanksgiving tournament.”

DeLuca describes Dickinson as dedicated, consistent, and genuine.

“Coach Dickinson believed in me enough to put me in a position to become the captain of our team. In doing so, he provided me with some of the best and most proud moments of my life — moments that I often think about and will never forget. In return, this is the least I could do,” DeLuca said about creating a GoFundMe page for Dickinson.

The page has garnered thousands of dollars in donations to go towards Dickinson’s ongoing medical expenses. Donations have come from his players, community members, co-workers, alumni, and even from players on opposing teams.

“I’m not sure if everyone realizes this or not, but that list of donors has the names of several players and coaches that we used to compete against in the SUNYAC. I believe that when former opposing players and coaches donate to this cause, that speaks volumes about not only the hockey community itself, but also the respect they have for Coach Dickinson,” DeLuca said.

Over 240 people have donated in just four days.

Along with coaching hockey, Dickinson oversees daily operations of the Tuttle North Ice Arena and supervises a staff of about 25 student workers. He lives in Brockport with his wife Melisa and his five children, and is an active participant in the community.

If you would like to donate to help Dickinson and his family with medical costs, you can donate here.

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Please support Coach Dickinson

Our beloved Coach, Brian Dickinson, was recently diagnosed with cancer. Alumnus Matt DeLuca has started a GoFundMe to help Brian through this fight. Please give. Brian is one of the really good guys. Through his long coaching career he has positively impacted thousands of lives on and off campus. Now, let's return the favor.

https://www.gofundme.com/f/4cbfg?sharetype=teams&member=6746478&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=p_na%20share-sheet&rcid=2c1d4c94fcd34a11a8c1db5006b3641a&fbclid=IwAR0WqUsjIYLpZBh6EM7-OBSEOetG-A5xHF0W6q0EFTQSjeDIw1t3JXhXl3A

Monday, October 26, 2020

Locker room to be named

Here's something that appeared in the "Good News" section of President Heidi Macpherson's October message to her colleagues on campus:


"Finally, Bob Confer ’96, owner of Confer Plastics in Niagara County, is naming the Confer Plastics Ice Hockey Team Room in Tuttle North."

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Plattsburgh player writes of SUNYAC's cancellation of hockey season

Here's an article by Joe Kile who plays hockey at Plattsburgh. He writes of his frustration and heartbreak over SUNYAC's cancellation of the hockey season:

https://medium.com/@jkile001/dear-sunyac-2b6e8ed26a6d

Monday, October 19, 2020

SUNYAC cancels winter sports season

In an abundance of caution to protect the health and safety of students and staff, after consultation with conference leadership, the presidents of the State University of New York Athletic Conference have made the difficult decision to cancel winter sports.

"This was not an easy decision and I empathize with all of our student-athletes across the SUNYAC," Erik Bitterbaum, the chair of the SUNYAC Presidents said. "However, despite our best efforts to plan for a winter season, our priority must be the health and safety of everyone involved with intercollegiate athletics, and our campuses as a whole."

The winter sports impacted by the decision include the conference schedules and championships for men's and women's basketball, as well as men's ice hockey. The championships for men's and women's swimming & diving and men's and women's indoor track & field also have been canceled.

The SUNYAC will continue internal planning for the possibility of spring sports. The decision on spring sports will be made at a future date.

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Hockey to play abbreviated season due to COVID protocols

 

The State University of New York Athletic Conference will begin its 2020-21 conference schedule for men's ice hockey at the beginning of February.

The conference announced the decision on Tuesday, Oct. 6, following approval by the SUNYAC athletic directors during their weekly conference meeting on Oct. 5. The schedule for ice hockey will consist of eight divisional games and a four-team crossover playoff format that features the top two teams in each division.

"The schedules are designed to provide a meaningful student-athlete experience while at the same time prioritizing the health and safety of the student-athletes and staff," Tom DiCamillo, commissioner of the SUNYAC, explained. "We know full well that the pandemic environment is ever-changing; however, it is important to establish our intent to begin conference play in February which will allow our member-institutions to appropriately prepare for intercollegiate athletic competition."

DiCamillo stressed that the SUNYAC will follow recommendations, guidelines and direction from local, regional, state and SUNY authorities, as well as from its national organization the NCAA.

"We will not operate in a vacuum," DiCamillo stated, "but the strength of the SUNYAC is its athletic leadership and knowledge that will be used to craft the best and safest experience possible for our student-athletes."

In addition to health and safety, the divisional schedule reduces costs by slashing travel and the need for most hotel accommodations. And, it preserves the NCAA eligibility for student-athletes by playing less than 50 percent of the allowable contests.

Men's ice hockey will have a divisional alignment since nine institutions sponsor the sport. Games mostly will be contested on Tuesdays and Fridays with the SUNYAC semifinals set for Thursday, March 4, and the championship scheduled for Sunday, March 7.

The Western Division will consist of Brockport, Buffalo State, Cortland, Fredonia and Geneseo playing an eight-game, double round-robin schedule starting Sunday, Jan. 31.

The Eastern Division will feature just four teams – Morrisville, Oswego, Plattsburgh and Potsdam – that will play a triple round-robin schedule minus one contest beginning Friday, Feb. 5.

Each team playing the other teams three times produces a nine-game schedule – one more game than the Western Division – therefore a decision was made based upon geographical distance to balance the schedule by eliminating one long trip – Oswego to Plattsburgh. As a result, Potsdam and Morrisville will play each other just two times as well.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Buy your Brockport Hockey apparel before October 18th




If you would like to augment your wardrobe and support Brockport hockey, the apparel store is open now until October 18th. A wide variety of hats, shirts and jackets are available for purchase. https://brockporthockey2020.itemorder.com/sale

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Parsons is an All-American Scholar




Brockport's Mitchell Parsons was recently named an All-American Scholar by the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA). To qualify, a student-athlete must have attained a 3.75 GPA for the fall 2019 semester and participated in 40% of their school's games.
 
"These are exceptional individuals," said AHCA executive director Joe Bertagna. "The sport demands a great deal from these athletes so it is a great statement they make, individually and collectively, with their ability to attain this level of academic achievement while contributing at the NCAA Division III level."

Parsons, a forward for the Golden Eagles, played in 25 games last season and posted eight points on three goals and five assists.  In 51 career collegiate games he has 23 points on 11 goals and 12 assists.

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Hall re-signed by ECHL Gladiators

 

The Atlanta Gladiators announced the re-signing of defensemen Rob Hall and Chris Forney for the 2020-21 season.

Hall is a 28-year-old defensemen from Schaumburg, Illinois. He played his collegiate hockey at the State University of New York-Brockport from 2013-17, appearing in 88 career games. He spent the following year and a half in the Southern Professional Hockey League, playing the majority of his 61 games in the league current Gladiators' Head Coach Jeff Pyle for the Evansville Thunderbolts.

Hall broke into the ECHL in the 2018-19 season, tallying 11 points (2g-9a) in 48 games for the Wheeling Nailers. He spliut last season with the Gladaitors and Norfolk Admirals, totaling six assists in 38 contests.

Forney is a 25-year-old defenseman from Thief River Falls, Minnesota. In 2014, he began his four-year stint at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell where he tallied 49 points (14g-35a) in 135 career games. Right after college, he made his professional debut in the American Hockey League, playing in six games for the San Diego Gulls.

Forney then came to the ECHL in the 2018-19 season, skating in 40 regular-season games for the Tulsa Oilers. He also played in 20 playoff games that year, helping the Oilers reach the Western Conference Finals. Last saeson, Forney played in a career-high 58 games in his first season with the Gladiators, producing nine points (2g-7a).

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Plattsburgh great Chris Panek -- foe and friend of Brockport Hockey -- has passwed away

Chris Panek, was a super-talented hockey player and a super-nice guy.

Not only was he a thorn in Brockport's side when he took to the ice for Plattsburgh in the 1980s, but he also had a Brockport connection as his brother Tim played for the Golden Eagles (and even has a hockey award named for him at Brockport).

Chris passed away earlier this week. Our hearts go out to our friend Tim, the entire Panek family and the Plattsbugh Hockey brotherhood.

Here's the Press-Republican's story on the life of Chris: