To your broader point, people always say that Bill Belichick would rather get rid of a player a year too early rather than a year too late. (I'm not sure if that is really the case.) When it comes to college hockey players today, I would rather bring them in a year too early rather than a year too late.
Last edited by Felger; 02-27-2017 at 04:44 PM.
UNH Hockey: From "Why Not Us' to "Woe is Us"
That's all pretty exhausting, emotional stuff. Times, they are a changin' ... the comfort zone has shifted, and results on the ice have are not reflecting any progress from year to year. A month plus ago, I'm pretty sure Coach thought he had this all under control ... but it's been a LONG and frustrating stretch since then, and the last 7 periods' worth seems to have pushed him to (or past?) his limit for tolerance. And if you're an ultra-competitive person, and you're looking out there and seeing pretty much your six best players putting out max effort, while everyone else is either incapable, unwilling, or unavailable to match that effort ... well, that's going to eat you alive, and you are likely to at least start asking yourself, "Why am I persisting with this at this stage of my life?"
* Is it for the money? God, I hope not. He can take a buyout for next season, state pension kicks in, etc.
* Is it for the thrill of the job? Not seeing that, what with half-empty home games, the path to Boston blocked by the likes of York, Quinn, Bazin and Leaman for the foreseeable future, and no sniff of the NCAA's on the horizon.
* Is it the fun of working with the kids? Maybe ... but he's down to his final year, his guys (Borek's boys) have let him down badly on and off the ice - the latter when they got impatient and left to play elsewhere - basically because UNH wasn't the old UNH any more, and Umile didn't realize he lacked the cache to demand that they wait their turn.
* Is it for a chance to get to "the next round number"? Again, I hope not. What would that do to change anything? He's not gonna catch Parker or York ... he's got Walshy "beat", except for the trophies that really mean something. He's surpassed Charlie as the all-time most wins, trophies, FF appearances, Finals, etc. as a UNH head coach. Even if Souza turns out to be the greatest hire since Umile himself, he's not going to even get close to Umile's total wins at a rate of 24 per season until Umile is approaching his mid 90's.
* Is it pride? Well, as they say, "Pride goeth before the fall". Or as 'watcher has stated ... "Apres moi, le deluge".
If I was Coach Umile, and I knew I wasn't going to win the NC in my final season as UNH HC ... I would want my hand-picked successor to have the best chance possible to accomplish what I was never able to do, and I would want to live long enough to see him succeed at that.
Sticking around for one more year of torture like these last two, and in the process delaying Coach Souza's chances to get the program to that last big step Umile couldn't quite manage, accomplishes precisely nothing. For that matter, he might as well stick around until he's 80 in hopes he can get himself to the next next round number, because at the current rate of decline, it may take him that long to get there.
I'm not pretending to know the man OR know his mind. But short of an early March miracle, I know I'd be done.
Last edited by Chuck Murray; 02-27-2017 at 09:29 PM.
Montreal Expos Forever ...
The UNH situation reminds me of the Bruins current situation. They had Claude Julien for a long run who was a fantastic Stanley Cup winning coach but it was just time for a change and a fresh look. Nothing against Claude - but sometimes coaches run their course and a change is needed. Doesnt take away from Juliens ability to coach or his legacy - it was just time for a shake up.
USHR lists him as an 'A' player at last fall's East Coast Classic and describes him as a, "Power forward type (with) good size and good skill. Likes to take the puck to the net off the wall and make plays."
A younger son, Shea, is an '06...
Eric Flinton is rarely mentioned among the better forwards during the early Umile years, but scored 132 career points and led the team with 45 during a 94-95 season highlighted by games at JFK Arena and HE shootouts!
Coincidentally, during Flinton's freshman season at UNH, the team's leading goal scorer was Scott Morrow (29).
Last edited by Dan; 03-02-2017 at 09:53 PM.
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David Sheen's son Colin went to BU
Bruce Gillies' son went to Providence
Kevin Thomson's son Matt is going to NU this year
Ralph Cox's son went to PC
Mike Burkhart's son went to Dartmouth
Ross Yantzi's son went to Western Mich
in addition to the Flintons and Morrow's son, Tim Hanley's son Nate is a 02 in Connecticut, a potential DI player
5. Nate Hanley, #12 Mid-Fairfield, Shoots Right - He played very well in Saturday’s game at Walter Brown Arena. He’s a good skater with an above average first step. He passed the puck right on the tape, moved it quickly and precisely and kept plays going. His skill set might not be quite as elite as some, but he should be a solid Division I prospect.
Last edited by NCAA watcher; 03-10-2017 at 09:57 AM.
Based on the following statements within the article:
"Mike Lowry ("C-H-C"): Congratulations on your commitment to play for the University of New Hampshire. What are the main reasons you chose UNH?
Max Gildon: The coaches, the campus and the people around the program just sold me on UNH.
Lowry: A year ago, you verbally committed to the University of Wisconsin. What factors entered into your decision to reopen your college search?
Gildon: The feeling I got after the coaching change was suspicious and I wanted somewhere that has a great history of hockey like UNH does. I also wanted to go to a smaller college."
Do you think Gildon would be a risk to decommit from UNH if Umile stepped down and there were some coaching changes at UNH?
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