Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Gershon returns to Chatham


Michael Gershon ('09) was an impressive hard-hitting defenseman for the Golden Eagles. In 2008, he scored a hat trick (the first Brockport blueliner to ever do so) in a 7-2 demolition of Geneseo and was awarded Second Team All-SUNYAC honors that same season.

Here's some news about Michael and Chatham University:

On Tuesday, Chatham Vice President of Athletics and Recreation Leonard Trevino announced the return of Michael Gershon as Head Men's Hockey Coach.

"We are excited to welcome Coach Gershon back to our program and look forward to the future of Men's Hockey at Chatham," said Trevino.

Gershon, who departed Chatham before this past season, is the program's all-time wins leader (28) and led the Cougars to their first winning season (2022-23) and first postseason appearance (2021-22).

Monday, May 20, 2024

Easter commits to Brockport

The Central Canada Hockey League and the Kemptville 73’s are pleased to announce goaltender Dax Easter has committed to SUNY Brockport for the 2024/25 season.

The 2003 born Brockville, ON native completed three seasons in the CCHL. This season, ending with the 73’s earning a record of 4-2 with a 2.62 GAA and 0.917 SVV%.

Prior to joining the 73’s this season, Easter played for the RSL Kings U14 AA/U15 AA, Cornwall Colts U18 AAA, Cornwall Colts, Brockville Braves and the Smiths Falls Bears.

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Trudel commits to Brockport

Sacha Trudel of the Idaho Falls Spud Kings has committed to Brockport. The left winger from Quebec had a 2-13-15 line in 28 games for the Spud Kings this past season and wore the "C".

Said Trudel: "I am proud and honored to announce my commitment to play NCAA hockey at SUNY Brockport. Thank you to my family, teammates, coaches and everyone that helped me and supported me along the way. A special thank you to Erik Hudson, John Becanic, Susan and Ken Rhodes, and Spud Kingdom for an unforgettable end to my junior career."

GM Erik Hudson commented, “Sacha is exactly what we look for in players for the Spud Kings’ organization. His dedication, character, and hard work throughout his hockey career have afforded him the chance to play at the next level- which is NCAA hockey. We will miss Sacha, but he will always be a Spud King.”

Tuesday, May 7, 2024

Brockport shines the spotlight on hockey alumnus Dave Zeis

The Dallas Stars are onto the next round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs after defeating the defending champion Las Vegas Golden Knights 2-1 in game 7 of the first round. Shout out to the Stars head athletic trainer and SUNY Brockport Class of 1992 graduate Dave Zeis, who you can read more about in this profile posted by the College:


Dave Zeis ’92, a lifelong hockey fan and player, came to Brockport to study physical education and play on the hockey team. But after sustaining a knee injury he attended rehab and began to gain an interest in the field of sports medicine.

More than 30 years after his graduation, Zeis is in his 17th season as Head Athletic Trainer for NHL team the Dallas Stars — and the passion he developed at Brockport is what brought him to this point.

Dave Zeis posing in front of a hockey rink Dave Zeis posing in front of a hockey rink


“​​Brockport was vital in preparing me for what I do now. This is where I learn sports. This is where I learn the techniques. But more importantly, it gave me an avenue to get to this level,” Zeis said. “It was just a big network that really, really panned out to help me get into the professional side of hockey.”

Zeis credits the amount of educational experience he had working with athletes and injuries to the size of SUNY Brockport compared to larger institutions.

“In a lot of these Division I schools, you don’t even work with the athletes. They have hired staff,” Zeis said. “But at a smaller university like Brockport, you’re getting a much more hands-on experience. In my opinion, it’s much more exciting.”

Zeis initially  worked in the East Coast Hockey League, followed by some time in minor league hockey with the Rochester Americans. There, he served as an assistant athletic trainer until he moved into the major league in 2007 for his first season with the Dallas Stars. That very same season he was promoted to Head Athletic Trainer — the position he holds to this day.

“You always want to work at your highest level, no matter what your job is, right? So, for us in hockey, it’s the National Hockey League,” Zeis said. “I’ve worked in the world championships with Team USA. Working with the best of the best players is something I take pride in.”

Zeis recalled the 2022 incident in which Damar Hamlin, wide receiver for the Buffalo Bills, collapsed mid-game of cardiac arrest. This major event in the world of athletic training made an often-unseen job visible as Bill’s Athletic Trainer, Denny Kellington, gained widespread praise for his quick action.

“We actually had a similar event in Dallas about nine years ago. We had a player go into cardiac arrest and it actually helped design some of our protocols in the NHL,” Zeis said. “I think I’ve had three incidents that have been life-threatening situations. A lot of the things that we do are repetitive so we can be prepared. And then when something happens, everything falls into place. That’s where your skills and your tools and your education really come in.”