CCHA's Don Lucia On Year 1, Lessons Learned From Championship Mishap
Sep 27, 2022Former University of Minnesota coach Don Lucia returned to the front lines of college hockey last season as commissioner of the CCHA. Until the third period of the 2022 NCAA Championship Game, it was a Cinderella ride for Lucia and his new league, with the Hobey Baker winner and an NCAA finalist shining bright in Boston this past April.
FloHockey Sits Down With Minnesota State Coach Mike Hastings
Nov 8, 2021Now in his 10th year at Minnesota State, coach Mike Hastings has won more hockey games in that decade than any other Division I coach. The morning before his club’s rare loss at Ferris State this past Friday, Hastings sat down with RinkRap’s @TeeRaps to talk about his pride in being part of Minnesota’s elite coaching fraternity, his superstar goalie Dryden McKay, the Maverick’s king of recruiting, and how every CCHA team poses a threat this season.
FloHockey Sits Down With Notre Dame Coach Jeff Jackson
Oct 19, 2021Notre Dame coach Jeff Jackson ranks second nationally among active Div-I coaches with 530 career wins. Although he has led the Irish to two NCAA title games, he will forever be remembered for his dynastic Lake Superior State clubs of the early ’90s. This past weekend Jackson returned to the Upper Peninsula, leading No. 17-ranked Notre Dame to a sweep of Michigan Tech and Northern Michigan. FloHockey’s @TeeRaps caught up with the living member of the Mt. Rushmore of college hockey coaches to discuss the state of hockey in the U.P., a link to his glory years up in the Soo, and his future in the game.
FloHockey Sits Down With WCHA Commissioner Bill Robertson
Jun 23, 2021On June 30, WCHA president and men’s Commissioner Bill Robertson will complete his final contract. From that point on the Men’s WCHA, the granddaddy of college hockey circuits will cease to exist after 70 years of play. Robertson, on the other hand, has emerged from a nearly untenable two-year stint as a lame-duck commissioner to take over as president and commissioner of the USHL, America’s premier junior league. FloHockey’s Tim Rappleye caught up with the immensely popular commissioner to hear his tale of surviving and thriving.
Minnesota State, The Frozen Four & Bill Robertson's WCHA Farewell
Apr 13, 2021Minnesota native Bill Robertson took over the helm of the revamped WCHA in 2014. In two months he will be charting new waters as college hockey’s league of distinction for seven decades will cease to exist. FloHockey’s Tim Rappleye got a chance to debrief the man known as Billy Rob following the Frozen Four, a gratifying finale to a most challenging season.
Talking Shop With Kansas City Mavericks Forward Rob Bordson, Part II
Mar 23, 2021Part two of our extended chat with Kansas City Mavericks forward Rob Bordson. Go here to check out part one.
Talking Shop With Kansas City Mavericks Forward Rob Bordson
Mar 22, 2021Well before I ever got to cover the ECHL for FloHockey, I was a beat writer for the Trenton Devils and then Trenton Titans for the local paper for five seasons.
Bowling Green Head Coach Ty Eigner Discusses The Falcons' Program & History
Jan 19, 2021Ty Eigner has worn the orange and brown of the Bowling Green Falcons in four different decades: as a player, as an assistant coach, and as a head coach.
Colorado Avalanche's Bednar Credits ECHL Experience In Big League Success
Oct 23, 2020Jared Bednar of the Colorado Avalanche does not fit the stereotype of the NHL’s hottest young coach: he’s a graying 48-year-old who spent 16 years playing and coaching in the ECHL, never once getting a sniff at playing in The Show. When he finally got his dream job, coaching the Avs in 2016-17, it quickly devolved into a nightmare — a 56-loss horror show, alone in last place.
ECHL Commissioner Ryan Crelin Discusses Getting The ECHL Back On Track
Oct 20, 2020When the announcement finally dropped that FloSports would become the new provider for ECHL.tv, the league’s streaming service that covers every single regular season and Kelly Cup playoff game, there was plenty of buzz generated among the players, coaches, and staffers in the “E” as well as the fanbase of every team.
Bowling Green Assistant Balkovec Talks About The Falcons' Lethal Power Play
May 4, 2020Unless you were a British Columbia hockey insider or part of the Wisconsin high school scene, you probably hadn’t heard of Maco Balkovec since he was a point-producing defenseman for the Badgers back in the 1990s.
WCHA Commissioner Bill Robertson Talks COVID-19, League Future & More
Mar 18, 2020When it comes to crisis management in sports, WCHA Commissioner Bill Robertson has earned a PhD. The man affectionately known as “Billy Rob” was public relations director for the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim during the NHL’s 104-day lockout in 1994-95, and he held the same post for the Minnesota Wild when the NHL shut down their entire season a decade later.
Chatting With Bemidji State's Tom Serratore: Penalty Kill, Driscoll & More
Feb 19, 2020FloHockey’s Tim Rappleye spent the Friday before the Bemidji State-Northern Michigan series with the WCHA’s most vociferous coach, Tom Serratore. His No. 13-ranked Beavers are the hottest team in the NCAA, and he wants to keep it that way.
Mike Corbett Determined To Change The Perception Of UAH Hockey
Aug 21, 2019Seventh year Alabama Huntsville coach Mike Corbett has been a “grinder” his entire life. He climbed the playing ranks at Denver from benchwarmer to a two-year captaincy. He served a decade-long coaching apprenticeship under the mercurial Frank Serratore at Air Force, and he helped stave off a death sentence to Huntsville’s Division I program.
Connections Remain Between Chris Bergeron & Ty Eigner
Aug 10, 2019When Bowling Green realtor Keri Buff awoke to a sun-drenched morning at the end of July, she knew it would be a Friday like no other. Despite being “quiet season” in the world of residential real estate, she had two closings on her docket that morning, emotional transactions that signaled a historic changing of the guard in Bowling Green hockey.