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    I’m far too tired to give this the nuanced response it deserves, but the problem, IMO, is twofold:

    -Brown’s former president Ruth Simmons raised Brown’s admissions standards to heights unrivaled by any other Ivy, making recruiting an impossible task.

    -Brendan Whittet has, in spite of that, done quite well with recruiting, but hasn’t been able to find a goaltender in years and has also utterly failed to develop any of the talent he has had at his disposal – especially on the defensive side of things, which is supposed to be his specialty.

    The result is a team that at times exhibits a really high talent level and can skate with the better teams it plays, and at other times gets totally overrun by teams that are well-coached and have strong, detailed systems.
    Doesn’t seem that the program has the potential to right itself with Whittet still at the helm.
    Yep, he’s recruited some high end talent over the years ( a fair # making it to pro
    hockey ) but I wonder if those guys would’ve made it no matter what. Probably awkward for Brown because if they fire him it would seem like its just because he can not win consistently— not a good look from the progressive Ivy Towers. I thought long ago that they should fire Grillo, but Whittet might be worse. Grillo had them playing ~ trap/dump & chase, but at least teams had to work hard to beat them. Anyway, they have to do something about this program. At the very least, hire an "associate" head coach to help the situation. Harvard did that a while back for Donato.

    My cousin ( Brown ’09 ) would like to see the program hire a woman head coach( e.g. Meaghan Duggan or some alum high profile women's player like Katie King ) to make it a "signature Brown” hire that would mend fences with admissions, and force the U to institutionally to get behind the hockey program. That might be a bridge too far for the Old Guard, but it sure would be an interesting hire.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PizzaRing View Post
    Doesnít seem that the program has the potential to right itself with Whittet still at the helm.
    Yep, heís recruited some high end talent over the years ( a fair # making it to pro
    hockey ) but I wonder if those guys wouldíve made it no matter what. Probably awkward for Brown because if they fire him it would seem like its just because he can not win consistentlyó not a good look from the progressive Ivy Towers. I thought long ago that they should fire Grillo, but Whittet might be worse. Grillo had them playing ~ trap/dump & chase, but at least teams had to work hard to beat them. Anyway, they have to do something about this program. At the very least, hire an "associate" head coach to help the situation. Harvard did that a while back for Donato.

    My cousin ( Brown í09 ) would like to see the program hire a woman head coach( e.g. Meaghan Duggan or some alum high profile women's player like Katie King ) to make it a "signature BrownĒ hire that would mend fences with admissions, and force the U to institutionally to get behind the hockey program. That might be a bridge too far for the Old Guard, but it sure would be an interesting hire.
    Totally agreed that Whittet is a lost cause. Better to start fresh with a new staff. And, yes; itís likely that most of the players who have made it to the pros under his watch would have done so regardless of who they played for in college.

    Your latter point is an interesting one. Iím very open to trying literally anything new, since the three coaches Brown has employed in my lifetime have all had losing records and the program hasnít made the NCAA tournament in 25 years. Get some fresh blood in there, maybe stir the pot a bit with a non-traditional hire like a former Brown womenís player, and see if you can make strides by thinking outside the box.

    I donít think thereís any cause to worry about the ďold guardĒ since it has all but abandoned Brown hockey already. Could be a good marketing/PR move, at the very least, and drum up some outside interest in the program.

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    Brown legend Yann Danis is calling it quits after what seems like 20 years in the pros (it's actually more like 14).

    https://twitter.com/ydanis35/status/962844462215987200

    Yann is the best goaltender in Brown history and he singlehandedly dragged his team to Albany in 2003 and had it on the verge of an NCAA tournament berth in 2004 prior to a late-season collapse. Those were not particularly adept offensive teams, but Danis kept them in just about every single game. He gave ECAC opponents nightmares for three years. Even in defeat, he was often dominant – the 66-save double-overtime effort against Harvard in the 2002 playoffs comes to mind.

    I was young when Danis played at Brown, and he was my favorite athlete (yes, including professional players). I knew he was great when, in his very first game, he made a ridiculous glove save on a point-blank shot from maybe 8 feet away in the slot off a one-time pass from the corner (as is tradition for Brown hockey, there was no one defending the crease ). I was standing above the net and I remember screaming my head off when he made that save. Danis briefly inspired me to switch to playing as a goaltender, though my parents put the kibosh on that pretty quick due to the expense.

    What a great player, and a great representative of Brown!
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    Some thoughts on the end of yet another underwhelming season:

    -This team will always be less than the sum of its parts under the current coaching staff. They do a fine job recruiting, but when talented players set foot on campus, they donít grow.

    -Kania appears to be a good starter. Itís too bad Nieto didnít work out, but Kania seems like the real deal, finishing with a .914 save percentage. Thatís good!

    -The seniors didnít show up this year. Lafferty had a hot streak toward the end of the season, but 19 points is not nearly enough from him. Iím very concerned about how weíre going to generate offense next year, and especially about how weíre going to match up with Princetonís explosive offense next weekend.

    -With all that said, itís always good to steal a couple wins from Ivy rivals. Great weekend.

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    Re: Brown Hockey 2017-2018: The Quest for Prosperity Continues

    This thread has become a bit too toxic. Not worth it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kdiff77 View Post
    Totally agreed that Whittet is a lost cause. Better to start fresh with a new staff. And, yes; itís likely that most of the players who have made it to the pros under his watch would have done so regardless of who they played for in college.

    Your latter point is an interesting one. Iím very open to trying literally anything new, since the three coaches Brown has employed in my lifetime have all had losing records and the program hasnít made the NCAA tournament in 25 years. Get some fresh blood in there, maybe stir the pot a bit with a non-traditional hire like a former Brown womenís player, and see if you can make strides by thinking outside the box.

    I donít think thereís any cause to worry about the ďold guardĒ since it has all but abandoned Brown hockey already. Could be a good marketing/PR move, at the very least, and drum up some outside interest in the program.
    Coaches come and go, if you keep doing the same thing and expect new results, that is the definition of insanity.
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    Re: Brown Hockey 2017-2018: The Quest for Prosperity Continues

    What are the chances of Brown getting a new coach in the near future?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Messa2005 View Post
    What are the chances of Brown getting a new coach in the near future?
    In my very humble and completely uninformed opinion: not good. The future is not particularly bright barring a large-scale buy-in from the administration to update facilities and invest in coaching.

    Brown has lost nearly all its fans over the past few years. Those of us who remain are very few and very frustrated.

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    BROWN RECRUITING CLASS OF 2022


    1. Tristan Crozier, F (Nanaimo, BCHL)
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    2. Dorian Dawson, D (Sioux City, USHL)
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    3. Jacob Harris, F (Nanaimo, BCHL)
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    4. Justin Jallen, F (Northeast, NAHL)
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    5. Michael Maloney, F (Tri-City, USHL)
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    6. Gabe Vinal, G (Aberdeen, NAHL)
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    BROWN HOCKEY ANNOUNCES TEAM AWARDS FOR 2017-2018

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    How bout this Mike....
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