The American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) has announced its major awards for 2019. Ten individuals who have made unique contributions to amateur hockey in the United States will be recognized either at a luncheon during the Frozen Four in Buffalo or during the 2019 AHCA Convention in Naples, Florida. This year's honorees:
THE JOHN MACINNES AWARD: Established by the AHCA in 1982 to honor former Michigan Tech coach, John MacInnes, this award recognizes those people who have shown a great concern for amateur hockey and youth programs. The recipients have had high winning percentages, as well as outstanding graduating percentages among their former players. The winners of this award have helped young men grow not only as hockey players, but more importantly, as men.
2019 Recipient:Red Berenson, University of Michigan
Red Berenson forged a unique career at both the professional and collegiate levels. The only person to be selected Coach of the Year in both the NHL and the NCAA, Berenson was also a standout player at both levels. Internationally respected, Berenson was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in December of 2018, two years after completing his 33rd and final season as head coach at the University of Michigan.
Berenson is one of four college hockey coaches to amass more than 800 career wins. He went 848-426-92 (.654 winning percentage) in 1,366 games. Only Jerry York (1,033), the late Ron Mason (924) and Jack Parker (897) won more games. Berenson also guided the Wolverines to a record 22 consecutive appearances in the NCAA tournament (1991-2002), winning the national championship in 1996 and 1998.
"If you've ever been around Red, you understand that accomplishments in life don't have much to do with sports," said former goaltender Marty Turco, who won 127 games at Michigan from 1994-98, still the NCAA record, and 275 in the NHL from 2000-12. "It's about attitude and continuing to grow as a person."
Berenson was a three-year letter winner at U-M and was named All-America and team MVP in his junior and senior seasons (1961-62). He went straight from college to the NHL after signing with the Montreal Canadiens. He played for the Canadiens, New York Rangers, St. Louis Blues and Detroit Red Wings during an NHL career that spanned 1962-78. He had 261 goals and 397 assists for 658 points in 987 games.
Berenson spent three seasons as coach of the Blues, winning the Jack Adams Award as the NHL coach of the year in 1980-81.He reunited with his former coach Scotty Bowman as an assistant with the Buffalo Sabres in 1982, before returning to Ann Arbor to resurrect the U-M hockey program in 1984.
2019 Recipient: Bob Rosen, Williamsville (NY) HS
Bob Rosen is from Williamsville, New York – a suburb of Buffalo — where he played his youth and college hockey, enjoying an outstanding college career at Canisius. As accomplished as he was during his playing days, Rosen has surpassed those feats as a coach, developing talent and guiding scholastic and youth teams to championship success. He coached 30 years with Amherst Youth Hockey, leading teams in the organization to four national championships.
With the formation of the Western New York Varsity Hockey Federation in 1990, the former Canisius assistant accepted the head coaching job at Williamsville North (NY) High School – a position he's held for 29 years.
Upon nominating him, former Buffalo State coach Nick Carriere said, "Bob was my high school hockey coach for the first couple of years that I moved to the United States. He has a very honest and direct way of dealing with players that lets you know what is on his mind, and at the same time showing that he genuinely cares about your well-being. He puts so much time and effort into hockey, business, and his family that he is truly a selfless coach."
Among his accomplishments at North: five state championships including an unbeaten season in 2011; a three-time state coach of the year; the winningest active coach in the state with 482 wins; selected to coach in the Scotty Bowman Hockey Showcase nine times over an 11-year stretch and coached New York State team in 1998 Hockey USA Select 17 National Tournament East.
Rosen, who won a national junior college championship at Canton as a player, also is a member of the Amherst Youth Hockey Hall of Fame.
2019 Recipient: Bob Norton, UNH Hockey and NESN/ESPN
Bob Norton enjoyed three distinct careers in college athletics: as a football player at Rutgers, a football and hockey coach at the University of New Hampshire and as a college hockey broadcaster. As an assistant coach under legendary head coach Charlie Holt at the University of New Hampshire (1970-76), Norton played an integral role in recruiting players that would be All-Americans and NHL athletes. Those players include Jamie Hislop, Gordie Clark, Bruce Crowder, Ralph Cox and Rod Langway. In his six seasons, he helped the Wildcats achieve a record of 123-54-4.
As a broadcaster, Norton first provided color commentary for NHPTV and saw the origination of the Hockey East Association in 1984. The following year, he transitioned to NESN and paired up with Sean McDonough to handle the call for Hockey East games live. He would call 16 Hockey East tournaments, 15 Beanpot championships and appeared on ESPN for nine Frozen Four broadcasts, also working the Selection Show and Regionals on multiple occasions.
Norton was also part of the broadcast team for NESN's popular "Mini 1 on 1" feature between periods of the Boston Bruins games for 30 years with USA Hockey's Ron DeGregorio and broadcaster Tom Caron. At the high school level, he worked numerous Massachusetts High School Championships for NESN as well as the Providence Journal Bulletin Tournament for a number of years.
A football player at Rutgers (Class of 1965), he started his coaching career at Bergen Catholic (NJ) High School and Holy Cross before moving to UNH. While known for his coaching and broadcasting, Norton served as an administrator at the secondary school level for 33 years, retiring after a16-year tenure as the principal of Woburn (MA) High School in 2009.
Norton received two New England Emmy Awards (1979, 1989) and the Hockey East Media Award (2004). He was recognized by the Massachusetts High School Hockey Coaches with the Bill Stewart Award in 2004 and was inducted into the New Hampshire Legends of Hockey Hall of Fame in 2009, among numerous other honors.
2019 Recipient: Mike MacMillan, Minnesota Hockey and USA Hockey
Mike MacMillan has coached at the youth, high school and college levels since the early 1980's. In addition he has worked in player and coach development in Minnesota and Nationally. Mike currently holds the position of USA Hockey National Coach-In-Chief which oversees the Coaching Education Programs in the United States. Mike sits on USA Hockey's Youth Council and Player Development Committee also representing the coaching program on other committees.
Mike has been involved with USA Hockey since 1989 beginning as a coaching instructor delivering the Coaching Education Program. He also is the Director of Minnesota Hockey's CCM High Performance Programs (Player Development) for the State of Minnesota Hockey.
Mike was the Head Coach of the USA Hockey National Sled Development Head from 2011 - 2018, in that capacity he worked with athletes competing and training for placement on the USA Hockey National and Olympic Teams. Mike represented USA Hockey in 2014 as Sled Representative on a US State Department mission with Russia and traveled to 5 cities in Russia over 14 days working with Disabled athletes and meeting with the leaders of disabled sport in Russia. Mike is also a founding member of the Hendrickson Family Foundation which supports Disabled Hockey (Sled, Special and Wounded Warrior) in Minnesota.
Since 2006 Mike has held the position with the Minnesota Hockey High School Coaches Association (MHCA) as its Executive Director. MHCA represents 300+ member coaches and 160 High School programs.
Mike coached at the high school level for 30 years beginning in Menomonie, WI before coaching in New Ulm, MN. Mike retired as the Head Hockey Coach at Buffalo High School in 2011. As the High School Coach, Mike co-chaired the committee to build a new state of the art facility and developed training programs to benefit local players and the local hockey association. Mike has been selected as Section 6AA Coach of Year and 3 Time Conference Coach of Year.
In 2014-15 Mike accepted the position as Assistant Coach at Hamline University with responsibilities for goalies and defenseman. In the staff's first year they guided the Pipers to a MIAC Championship and NCAA Division III birth.
Mike has also been recognized by his peers as MHCA Section Coach of the Year, Conference Coach of the Year, Bruce Johnson Award Winner and the Dave Peterson Award Winner. In addition Mike was given the Minnesota Hockey President's Award in 2011 and a two time recipient of the USA Hockey Presidents Award and he has been inducted into the Buffalo Hockey Hall of Fame.
Mike is married to Susie and has two children: Jackie – Head Women's Coach at College of St. Scholastica and Michael a Pharmacist with the VA in Santa Maria, CA.
2019 Recipient: Kevin Patrick, Wisconsin, Bowling Green, Union and Vermont
Kevin Patrick is in his seventh season on the University of Vermont men's hockey coaching staff, having served 19 years at four different NCAA institutions.
Said UVM head coach Kevin Sneddon upon nominating Patrick, "Not only has 'KP' been a loyal assistant and associate coach during his six years at UVM, he also served in that capacity with me at Union College. He has also been an assistant with Scott Paluch at Bowling Green, and Mike Eaves at Wisconsin where they won an NCAA Championship. He is extremely organized, dedicated, and detail oriented. Above all else, he is someone that Terry would be proud of."
Patrick was selected as an assistant coach for the 2015 U.S. National Junior Team that competed in the IIHF World Junior Championships in Montreal and Toronto. Patrick was joined on the U.S. staff by head coach Mark Osiecki and assistant coaches Don Granato and Mike Ayers. He also attended the 2014 U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp in Lake Placid, New York.
Before coming to Vermont, Patrick spent two years as the head coach of the Muskegon Lumberjacks in the USHL, leading the squad to the playoffs in 2010-11. He previously spent five seasons as an assistant coach for Wisconsin, compiling a total of 113 wins in his tenure. In his first year on the staff in 2005-06, the program won 30 games en route to its sixth NCAA national championship in school history.
Prior to his time at Wisconsin, Patrick was an assistant coach at Bowling Green for three years. He oversaw the team's defense and helped the Falcons earn their first winning record in the CCHA in nine years. The Schenectady, New York native also spent four seasons as an assistant at Union from 1998-2002 while Sneddon was the head coach for the Dutchmen.
Patrick was a four-year defenseman at Notre Dame and served as captain of the program during his final two seasons. He also played two years of lacrosse, helping the Fighting Irish qualify for the 1990 NCAA Tournament. After graduating in 1992, Patrick spent one year in professional hockey and was named to the 1993 American Hockey Association All-Star Team with the Green Bay Ice.
Said former Bowling Green head coach Scott Paluch, who both played and worked with Terry Flanagan, "Kevin was a member of my first staff when I was hired at BGSU in 2002. In my time with Kevin, he quickly became a friend and an incredible work partner. He is the most organized hockey staff member I have ever been around and everything gets done in a professional manner. He is passionate about all efforts aimed at helping a program be successful. With all this mentioned, most importantly is the fact that Kevin is known throughout the hockey world as a man of integrity and quite simply, a gentleman."
2019 Recipient: John "Jocko" McLennan, Clarkson University
John "Jocko" McLennan is a native of Nova Scotia, Canada. He holds both a Bachelor and a Master of Science degree and an Honorary Doctorate of Science from Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York. He also holds an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Cape Breton University.
Jocko returned to Canada after graduation and enjoyed a 35 year career in the telecommunication industry. He worked as an entrepreneur with Mitel Corporation, as a pioneer in launching the Canadian wireless industry, and retired as president and CEO of Bell Canada in 1998. John also served as a board member with several international and Canadian public corporations.
Jocko graduated from high school in Ottawa, Ontario in 1964. He was recruited to Clarkson by legendary coach, Lenny Ceglarski. He enjoyed a successful career highlighted by playing in the NCAA Division I championship game in 1966. He often attributed his success in both his hockey and business careers to the many life lessons he gained from Ceglarski.
In recognition of Lenny, Jocko and his family, in 2008, created an endowment to fund the "Leonard S. Ceglarski Chair," which is used to fund the Clarkson Golden Knights men's hockey coach position. He served as a Clarkson trustee from 1983 through 1993, and was inducted into Clarkson's Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004.
Jocko's son, Mark, attended Boston College 1998 through 2001 winning a National Hockey Championship under famed coach Jerry York, a former head coach at Clarkson.
2019 Recipient: Dave and Judy Ferwerda, Wisconsin Challengers
Dave and Judy Ferwerda, with their daughters Jessie and Mandy, volunteered and dedicated their time, home, finances, and passion towards growing and developing girls' hockey in the Midwest. They started a team based out of Madison, Wisconsin, that would provide a home for many girls in the region to play together, and forge a path towards dreams of playing hockey at the next level.
"I have been a beneficiary of their endless support, and uncounted hours poured into providing opportunities for young girls to play, along with so many others," said current St. Norbert College head coach Meredith Roth. "I am also fairly certain that every time I stayed at their house (which was every weekend in the season), I ate all of their food."
The Ferwerda family would adopt 45+ girls during the season, providing food, shelter, and a team to play on for families from Iowa to Baraboo, St. Louis to the UP, and beyond. For many female players, this was the first time ever playing on an all-girls team, a first experience of what girls' and women's hockey was like.
They founded the Wisconsin Challengers in the late 1990s, which would eventually evolve into what is now the Madison Capitols Girls Program.
2019 Recipient: Don MacLeod, Northeastern University
Don MacLeod enjoyed a successful 11-year career with the Huskies of Northeastern University, highlighted by eight consecutive Beanpot championship victories. Taking over for the 1981-82 season – just the program's second with varsity status – MacLeod compiled a 210-59-8 (.772) career record while expanding the recruiting reach of the women's game beyond New England into Canada and the western U.S. His .772 winning percentage is the second best all-time in Division I women's ice hockey. He also authored six straight seasons of 20 wins or more, and led the undefeated 1987-88 team (26-0-1) to the ECAC championship.
A native of Melrose, Massachusetts, native, MacLeod's 210 wins included a 42-game unbeaten streak and completed the program's only undefeated season (26-0-1) in 1987-88. He led NU to two ECAC championship titles.
2019 Recipient: Allison Coomey, CT College, Plattsburgh, Niagara, Boston University and Penn State University
Allison Coomey is entering her 17th year of coaching. She has worked with five different programs: Connecticut College, Plattsburgh, Niagara, Boston University and Penn State. She is highly respected by everyone in the coaching world and considered an excellent teacher. Having spent time at both the Division I and Division III levels, she has gained a great perspective of college hockey.
After nine years at Boston University, Coomey is in her second year at Penn State. Said BU coach Brian Durocher, "She is a tireless worker, good recruiter and teacher of the game. My staff and more importantly the kids in our program have great respect for her." Coomey helped the Terriers captured five Hockey East titles and qualify for the NCAA Tournament six times, which included a pair of NCAA Championship appearances in 2011 and 2013.
In addition, Coomey has had various coaching experience with USA Hockey. She was most recently a member of USA Hockey scouting staff at the 2019 IIHF U18 World Championship. She also has experience as a Team USA Camp instructor at the National Festival and National Winter Camp.
A four-year letterwinner at Niagara, Coomey returned to her alma mater as an assistant coach from 2004-08, helping the Purple Eagles reach the CHA title game twice. Coomey served as an assistant coach at Plattsburgh in 2003-04 where she helped guide the Cardinals to the 2004 Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) West Division III regular season title and the NCAA Division III semifinals.
Prior to her work at Plattsburgh, Coomey completed an internship as the assistant women's hockey coach at Connecticut College and was also a volunteer lacrosse coach for the 2002-03 season.
The Baldwinsville, New York native Coomey earned two degrees from Niagara, a bachelor's degree in education in 2002 and a master's degree in school counseling in 2008. She was a two-time ECAC All-Academic Team member and earned a spot on the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference All-Academic Team.