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Opening Faceoff: Union hockey groups will section in athletic scholarships over subsequent 4 years

We now have a greater understanding of how the Union males’s and girls’s hockey groups will probably be distributing athletic scholarships beginning subsequent season.

I spoke with Union School athletic director Jim McLaughlin final Tuesday in regards to the athletic scholarships for the hockey groups. He stated the athletic scholarships will probably be phased in over the following 4 years. There will probably be 5 athletic scholarships awarded by every workforce subsequent season, 5 extra in 2024-25 and 5 extra in 2025-26. The groups ought to be at 18 athletic scholarships by 2026-27.

Union received the best to award athletic scholarships finally January’s NCAA conference. Proposal 4, which grants multi-divisional applications the flexibility to use all Division I laws to its Division I applications, together with monetary help, was handed by the NCAA Division III membership.

“It’s clearly been an ideal addition,” McLaughlin stated. “We’ve talked all alongside that it was going to be a plan that we’re going to section in over a three- to four-year interval. [Union women’s head coach] Josh Sciba and [Union men’s head coach] Josh Hauge are armed with them for this upcoming yr, and I can definitely say it’s made a distinction within the conversations that we’re having with people.”

Each coaches are pleased with the phase-in course of.

“It offers you the flexibility to handle your cash slightly bit and never go loopy,” Hauge stated, “as a result of I believe when you had all 18, anyone might simply type of go nuts with it. This places us in a spot [where] you unfold them out all through the courses as they arrive in.”

“It’s improbable,” Sciba stated. “Simply the flexibility to have scholarships, on the whole, is one thing that I believe goes to assist us large time. We’ve already secured prospects for our class of 2023 which might be scholarship gamers. Simply the conversations, and the flexibility to have the ability to give out scholarships is clearly an enormous, big piece for us. Each time after we talked to recruits, it’s at all times been we like it right here, the schooling takes care of itself. They really love the rink, just like the character and just like the allure of the previous rink. However I believe the monetary hurdle has at all times been one thing that’s been the most important difficulty. I believe for lots of people that we’re recruiting now, we will remove that or a minimum of enhance that drastically indirectly. I believe it helps open up much more doorways for us, so it’s undoubtedly useful.”

The massive difficulty for each coaches is whether or not they wish to award scholarships to incoming gamers solely, or reward among the present gamers. 

“As of proper now, the returning gamers all have their monetary help packages that they’re anticipating to proceed on, except they hear in any other case,” Sciba stated. “However I believe our intent proper now’s to proceed to make use of them for incoming gamers, which we’ve communicated with loads of our gamers. I believe for us, there’s perhaps some gamers in there that we may help them out sooner or later of their profession indirectly. If we have now some scholarship cash accessible, definitely we’d love to do it. However I believe the simplest manner for us is simply to proceed to get on the market and recruit and use these scholarships for incoming gamers.”

“I believe that you just’re going to have to assist some guys out in home and handle some guys on the identical level,” Hauge stated. “I believe all people got here [in] underneath the settlement of what that they had. You’d like to handle everybody, however on the identical level, you’ve bought to search for the long run as properly.”


The Dutchmen acquired two commitments for the category of 2023-24 previously week.

Jacob Jeannette, a ahead for america Hockey League’s Dubuque Preventing Saints, and Riley Brueck, a ahead for the USHL’s Sioux Metropolis Musketeers, introduced their commitments to Union just lately on Twitter.

Jeannette is in his fourth season within the USHL. He spent the final three seasons with the USHL’s Waterloo Black Hawks. Final season, he had eight targets and 15 assists in 46 video games. In 13 video games this season, Jeannette has three targets and three assists.

“He works actually arduous,” Preventing Saints head coach and former RPI participant Kirk MacDonald stated in a phone interview Monday. “His teammates love him. He’s a man you may play up and down your lineup. He can play a ton of various roles. He’s killed penalties for us. He’s performed on the ability play. His line with the opposite two guys he’s with is arguably our greatest line the final 4 video games, actually dominant and controlling the play once they’re on the ice. They’ve been guys we will put on the market when we have to type of get momentum going again in our favor.”

Jeannette, who’s from Duluth, Minnesota, is thrilled to be becoming a member of Union subsequent season.

“[The] final couple of years of juniors, simply being within the Midwest nonetheless after being within the Midwest rising up, I type of wished to expertise one thing else,” Jeannette stated in a phone interview Tuesday. “When Union reached out, that was at all times intriguing to me. However on prime of that, all of the coaches which might be there, Hauge, [assistant coaches] Lennie [Childs] and [John] Ronan, these guys are wonderful. Simply getting to speak to them on my go to and speaking to them via the recruitment course of, it was type of a no brainer for me to choose Union simply due to what these guys are constructing. I believe it’s going to be actually particular. I do know this system’s heading in the right direction proper now.”

Brueck in his first season with Sioux Metropolis. He has two assists in 9 video games this season. Brueck spent the final two seasons with the North American Hockey League’s Wichita Falls Warriors. He had 18 targets and 15 assists in 47 video games final season.

“Extraordinarily honored to announce my dedication to play NCAA Division 1 hockey and additional my schooling at Union School! Thanks to all my household, buddies, and coaches who helped me so far!” Brucek wrote on Twitter.


Apart from speaking about Jeannette, I had an opportunity to meet up with MacDonald, who performed for RPI from 2002-07. He missed the 2005-06 season whereas battling testicular most cancers.

MacDonald is in first season as head coach of Dubuque after spending the earlier 5 years as the pinnacle coach of the ECHL’s Studying Royals.

MacDonald stated he loved his time in Studying, which is 58 miles northwest of Philadelphia. However he was prepared for a change.

“We at all times had good groups and success,” MacDonald stated. “There’s positives and negatives.  I believe the one factor there, which was at all times powerful, was you construct a workforce in the summertime, you then’ve bought to construct one other workforce when the decision ups occur round Thanksgiving and you then bought to construct one other workforce within the spring when the faculty season ends. There’s no continuity. You’ve your core group, they usually’re superior. That half’s nice, nevertheless it’s good to be right here. And we’re now in month three, and it’s the identical group and you may actually see the expansion of their habits and talent improvement since you’re not dropping guys to name ups.

“Guys are dedicated to being right here and eager to get higher. You need guys to get alternatives, or that the groups are right here searching for the NHL draft and also you’ve bought them for the entire yr and also you’re actually seeing that improvement.”


Right here is my newest installment of the ECAC Hockey Energy Rankings.

1) Harvard — Ranked ninth, nonetheless undefeated and can face a stiff two-game take a look at at No. 5 Michigan this weekend.

2) Quinnipiac — Swept Princeton final weekend, and now performs on this weekend’s Friendship 4 event in Belfast, Northern Eire. Bobcats face Dartmouth on Friday.

3) Clarkson — Spectacular sweep of Arizona State. The Golden Knights appear to be again on observe.

4) Cornell — Scored 5 targets every towards Yale and Brown.

5) Colgate — Additionally took care of enterprise towards Brown and Yale.

6) Union — Ending up first trimester exams.

7) RPI — Engineers had been fortunate to earn a tie final Saturday towards Alaska Fairbanks after dropping to the Nanooks the evening earlier than.

8) St. Lawrence — Its sport final Saturday at Niagara was postponed due to the blizzard in Western New York.

9) Princeton — No match for Quinnipiac final weekend.

10) Dartmouth — Off final weekend, which gave the Massive Inexperienced loads of time to arrange for Quinnipiac

11) Brown — Took Colgate to extra time final Friday.

12) Yale — The Bulldogs broke their four-game goalless drought by scoring twice towards Cornell final Friday, and getting one towards Colgate. However the Bulldogs surrendered 13 targets.


Union freshman ahead Riley Walsh received her third girls’s ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Week award. She scored each of the Dutchwomen’s targets, together with the extra time game-winner, in final Tuesday’s 2-1 victory over RPI. It was Walsh’s third extra time game-winning aim.

Walsh shared the award with Yale’s Jordan Ray.

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