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D2:  4:45pm  Monday and Thursday

D3:  6:30am to 7:30am Monday and Wednesday

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The 2016-2017 FGCU Eagles Hockey Division 2 Roster

D2 Roster

Coach Bob Brinkworth proudly welcomes the following players to the 2016-2017 Division 2 FGCU Eagles Hockey Team.

Keaton Arkeilpane

Jason Webb

Trevor Mullaly

Adolph Brink

Walter Malcolm

Matthew Salera

Drake Stimpson

Jacob Leonard

Bradley Rambhajan

Steven Cariglio

Tyler Tracy

Eric Mabie

Brett Yochum

Nathan Pelligra

David Wong

Josh Koerner

Michael Chemello

Jordan Klotz

Logan Garst

Kitt Koolwick

Eduardo Leon

Mark Arnone

Head Coach – Bob Brinkworth

Assistant Coach – Tom Philbin
Assistant Coach – Anthony Yezek
Goalie Coach – Mike Reed
Certified Athletic Trainer – John Young
General Manager – Richard Snizek
Equipment Manager – Kate Wyatt
Sport Clubs Coordinator – Sarah DiStefano
Faculty Advisor – Marc Laviolette

The 2016-2017 FGCU Eagles Hockey Division 3 Roster

D3 Roster

Coaches Kevin Mixon, Bob Wasno, Evan Crawford, and Peter Flores proudly welcomes the following players to the 2016-2017 Division 3 FGCU Eagles Hockey Team.

 

Shane Lynch

Brett Mara

Joseph Ginsberg

Sutton Fisher

Connor Black

Lucas Moser

Charlie Butler

Brett Sutton

Greggory Russo

Kurt Williams

David Cross

Daniel Fritz

Steven Noyes

Justin Kilker

Kyle McQuillan

William Whitlock

Tucker Barone

Zachary Capco

Tyler Reichl

Jared Burch

Anthony Lenzi

Vincent Dinunzio

Andrew Tweeton

Derek Nutter

Chase Leone

Spencer Bell

Christopher Puller

Head Coach – Kevin Mixon
Assistant Coach – Evan Crawford
Associate Coaches – Bob Wasno
General Manager – Richard Snizek
Sport Clubs Coordinator – Sarah DiStefano
Faculty Advisor – Marc Laviolette

D2 Stories

 Coach Bob Brinkworth Voted American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) Men’s Division II  Coach of the Year!

The 2016 American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) Men’s Division II Coach of the Year Award goes to Bob Brinkworth of Florida Gulf Coast University, selected by the Head Coaches of the ACHA Men’s Division II.  Bob will be presented his Coach of the Year Award at the annual American Hockey Coaches Association Celebration of Men’s Hockey Banquet on Wednesday, April 27th, and at the ACHA Hall of Fame and Coach of the Year Banquet on Friday, April 29th, at the Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club, in Naples, Florida.

Bob Brinkworth was humbled to once again find himself the recipient of the 2016 ACHA Men’s Division II Coach of the Year award.  Having spent the last 14 seasons behind the bench of Florida Gulf Coast University’s Ice Hockey Teams, his record going into the season was 332-59-19-5.  For the 2015-2016 regular season, the record was 25-5-0 and post season, 5-0-0.  FGCU has made many national tournament appearances in the last several years; but it was at nationals this year, in West Chester, Pennsylvania, that Bob led the team to their second ACHA national championship in 4 years.

He has brought so much more to the team than just his knowledge of the game.  Bob is very involved on every level, from helping to guide the team to success and working to raise funds, to encouraging each and every player to be the best they can be, both on and off the ice.  He leads by example; always putting forth the maximum effort.

Bob began skating and playing hockey at a very young age in Toronto, Ontario, and attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, New York.  He played three years of NCAA Division 1 level hockey and was named “ECAC Rookie of the Year,” as well as “ECAC Player of the Year” two years in a row.  He earned 216 points in 71 games at RPI, and is tied with Adam Oates as the third leading scorer in Rensselaer hockey history.  Bob was name as All-American twice, and is considered to be one of the best captains in RPI sports’ history.  He was recently inducted into the RPI Ring of Honor to join the likes of Joe Juneau, Adam Oates, and Ned Harkness.

Drafted by the Montreal Canadiens upon graduation, Bob immediately turned pro.  He started his professional career with the Omaha Knights of the Central Professional Hockey League (CPHL), then played in the American Hockey League (AHL) for the Providence Reds and the Baltimore Clippers.  He helped capture two Turner Cups while playing in the International Hockey League (IHL).  Bob played for the Port Huron Wings, the Detroit Red Wings’ farm team, from 1970-1974, and  retired from professional hockey after nine seasons.  He amassed 335 points as a pro.  Bob went on to a very successful coaching career which began in the Michigan hockey system with such notable teams as Little Caesars “AAA” Hockey Club, and continued on to coach at the amateur and professional level.  He helped produce National Hockey League standouts Adam Burt, formerly of the Carolina Hurricanes, and Mike Modano, of the Dallas Stars.

Coach Brinkworth was honored as the 2009 ACHA Men’s Division II Coach of Year; and was selected to serve as assistant coach for the 2009-2010 ACHA Division II Select team, which travelled overseas to compete against semi-professional teams in Europe.  In 2012, he was selected to be the head coach and stand behind the bench for the ACHA Division II Selects, again.  At the conclusion of the 2014-2015 season, he was awarded the ACHA Division II Best Coach in the Southeast Region by his peers.

The entire FGCU Hockey community is very proud of Coach Brinkworth’s accomplishments, and look forward to many more years of collaborating to make hockey history.

FGCU EAGLES CAPTURE SECOND NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP IN ICE HOCKEY

 

The DII National Championship game and Florida Gulf Coast University have become synonymous in recent years as the Eagles entered 2015-16 on the heels of two-straight title game appearances and only three years removed from their 2012 title.

FGCU suffered a pair of tough letdowns in Boston and Utah the last two years, losing to New Hampshire (2014) and New York University (2015) in each respective tournament. The pair of title game losses dropped the Eagles’ record in the final to 1-3 overall with their lone triumph coming over defending champions, Grand Valley State University in 2012.

The Eagles found their way this spring, triumphing over Liberty, 4-1, to capture their second National Championship.

The last two seasons were extremely tough on our group,” Matthew Maida, FGCU Director of Communications said. “It took a tremendous amount of courage and hard work for our team to get back to the championship game again in 2016 in West Chester, PA.

“To finally pull through on our third straight finals appearance was as much a relief as it was a crowning achievement for a group who could have easily won Nationals three years in a row.”

The current crop of Eagles may not realize it, but their struggles the last two years and their success this season is nearly a mirror image of the team they dispatched in West Chester. Entering the 2012 finals, GVSU was looking to defend their title before being toppled by FGCU. The Lakers would fall in the 2013 title game as well, marking a three-year run with a 1-2 record in the title game.

FGCU’s current group of seniors were on hand to take up the runner-up mantle from GVSU for the next two years, a trend they were able to finally buck this year.

“We had a large senior class this season and it was especially important to get the job done before these young men graduated and went on their separate ways,” Maida said. “When you compete together and win a championship together, you become instantly bonded for life and I think our graduating seniors will appreciate this even more as the years pass and they reflect on their time with the Eagles.”

Early struggles were a theme of FGCU’s recent title game struggles and they were in danger of repeating the same pattern, giving Liberty an early edge in shots to begin the game. However, it was a tremendous team effort from scoring leader Dillon Duprey that opened the scoring for the Eagles.

Liberty struck back in the middle frame on a power play tally from Ben Freymond. Freymond’s point shot found its way past MIke Reed to snap a lengthy extra man drought for the Flames.

The tie would be short lived, however, as the Eagles retook the lead with just 15 seconds remaining in the second as Mike Chemello stuffed in a rebound after a late-period faceoff. The poession started after a late rush from Dan Echeverri that forced an offensive zone draw for the Eagles. An even draw led to a loose puck that was jammed to the nearside post by Echeverri where Chemello managed to find the rebound just outside the paint.

Reed and the Eagles defense would carry the load over the final 20 minutes as Chemello’s late second period goal would go down as the winner.

FGCU didn’t necessarily need a second National Title to cement their status as a DII powerhouse. The organization has been amongst the most successful in the ACHA over the past five-plus years, the 2016 title merely crowns one of the nation’s strongest programs.

The Eagles have continuously drawn elite talents from across the country as the warm weather and on-ice success of Southwest Florida serve as a draw for nearly every type of player.

“The quality of the players that are interested and attracted to FGCU for both their education and the sport of hockey improves every season, so much so that we have even started to get inquiries from NCAA D1 players looking for a change,” Madia said. I could never had imagined the hockey would get so competitive and the player personnel so talented when we started and every season we are still surprised at just how good our recruits are when they hit the ice.”

FGCU’s roster has grown to include players from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe and even South America. 2016 Tournament MVP Daniel Echeverri has gained notoriety not only for his play on the ice, but his Colombian roots. His heritage is something the FGCU organization is proud to advertise as his on and off-ice success serves as a hallmark for the hockey program and the university as a whole.

Of course, you don’t have to look further than the last three National Championship games to see just how much growth the FGCU program has gone through on the ice.

National Championship Team Picture

National Championship Trophy

National Championship Team Medal

D3 Stories

Eagles Finish Second Best in Back-to-Back Seasons
March 25, 2015
On March 14, FGCU’s Division III team also lost in the title game, to the club team from Michigan State, 6-2. FGCU forward Brett Sutton and goaltender Tyler ToyotaClick here for full story  

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D2 National Championships!
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