Published: 4/12/2022 9:11:39 PM
Modified: 4/12/2022 9:10:29 PM
Nolan Gluchowski put in his time.
He spent two seasons as a volunteer coach with the UMass hockey program before being promoted to a full-time assistant on Tuesday. Gluchowski joined the squad as a volunteer assistant in January 2021 and was part of the Minutemen’s back-to-back Hockey East championships and last year’s national title run.
He played for UMass coach Greg Carvel at Saint Lawrence for two years before Carvel took over the Minutemen.
“Over the course of the last 10 years I have recruited him, coached him and coached with him. I know him well and I know what he will bring to UMass hockey. Nolan was one of the toughest, fiercest and smartest players I have ever coached, ”Carvel said in a release. “Over the past two years he has served as our volunteer coach and I’ve seen first-hand his qualities and assets as a coach. He has tremendous energy and drive, great rapport with our players and great insight for the game, along with a desire to learn and grow as a coach and a leader. Nolan is a great fit for our culture and he will make our program stronger. ”
Gluchowski played two seasons in the ECHL for the Idaho Steelehads and Toledo Walleye. He amassed 60 points in 114 games, scoring 19 goals.
FELIX TO PHILLY – UMass senior defenseman Colin Felix became the fifth Minuteman to sign a professional deal when he inked an AHL contract with the Philadelphia Flyers’ minor league affiliate, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, UMass coach Greg Carvel tweeted Tuesday.
Felix played 140 games for UMass, 10th in program history. He tied a single-season record by appearing in all 41 games in 2018-19, when the Minutemen reached the national championship game.
The Ocean City, NJ, native had two goals and eight assists last season.
Now 13 players have gone from UMass to the professional ranks under Carvel. Nine of them, Felix included, weren’t drafted before they got to Amherst.
CASSOCK OFF – Providence senior forward Matt Koopman is using his fifth year of eligibility and will spend it with the UMass hockey team, he announced Tuesday on Twitter.
The Marblehead native accumulated 12 points with five goals for the Friars last season. All were career highs or tied them. Koopman finished with 32 points (15 goals) in 113 games at Providence.
“Extremely grateful for my time as a Friar. The memories and relationships built will last a lifetime. I’m excited to say I’ll be transferring to UMass Amherst for my 5th year, ”he tweeted.
Koopman previously played for Waterloo in the USHL with former UMass captain Bobby Trivigno and spent time at Berkshire School and Marblehead High School.
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