2010-2011 Season Outlook Q & A with Head Coach Jim Ward
The Connecticut College men´s hockey team will open the 2010-2011 season Friday night against Williams College in Williamstown, Mass. Under the direction of head coach Jim Ward, the Camels have qualified for the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship tournament in three of the past four years.
We caught up with Coach Ward to talk about the upcoming season, the coaching staff and the progress the team has made during a productive pre-season.
Q: Coach, we are looking forward to the upcoming season and our home opener against Saint Anselm Dec. 3. Can you tell us about what we can expect from our two captains, Joe Capuano and Ryan Riffe?
I am very excited about Ryan and Joe´s nomination by the team to be captains. Both individuals are key offensive players for our team who are skilled. Joe led us last season with nine goals and tallied a career-best 15 points while Ryan has been a mainstay for us with 22 goals, 19 assists and 41 points in his 64 games as a Camel.
They both have a very strong work ethic and the type of character that we want to represent our program. Joe and Ryan are players that we´ll rely on in the first and last minutes of each period and game. Both will play a critical role in our special teams execution.
Q: Coach, Andrew Margolin has been the consummate team player, patiently waiting for his chance to play in goal behind one of the all-time greats in Greg Parker. Can you tell us a little more about Andrew and what we can expect to see from him between the pipes?
This is a great opportunity for Andrew after playing the backup role to Greg for the past year and a half. He finally has the opportunity to demonstrate what he´s capable of doing. Andrew has been an extremely positive member of the team in a role that some may perceive as being a very difficult one. We are looking for him to use that same positive attitude in his quest to become a top goaltender within the NESCAC.
Q: Can you tell us more about our forward line?
In addition to Joe and Ryan, the bulk of our scoring needs to come from our junior class. We are looking for Julien Boutet (7 goals-11 assists-18 points), J.J. McGregor (7-4-11) and Sean Curran (2-4-6) to step up their production. Seniors Jordan Gray (1-6-7) and Greg Lever (0-2-2) will add some punch for us on the forward line.
Within the sophomore class, we are looking for contributions from Sean Murray (3-0-3), who has had a strong three weeks of practice leading into the season. Our freshmen are working hard to establish themselves. They are a solid group with high energy and enthusiasm.
Q: Can you tell us more about our defensive unit?
Seniors Sean Tuohy (2-5-7) and Ross James (3-2-5) had a very strong finish to the end of last season. Both Sean and Ross, along with Chris Fogg (0-1-1) and Lucas Chavira Schramm (0-2-2) will be relied on for their defensive prowess. We are also looking for Dawson Luke (0-2-2) to build on a solid freshman year.
Q: Can you talk to us about your coaching staff and the make-up of this team?
We´ve had a productive few weeks of practice and have changed our approach to some of our teaching and how we´re running practice. Coach Jim Henkel has proven to be a great addition to our staff. His playing experience in the professional and collegiate ranks has proved to be invaluable for our guys.
We also welcome back Paul Brown to our staff as a volunteer assistant coach. We´re all excited getting started this weekend with Williams and Middlebury. There is good energy with this group and we have started this season in sound physical condition.
After playing their first two games on the road, the Camels will host Saint Anselm College Friday night, Dec. 3 at 7:00 p.m.
November 17, 2010