A St. Michael’s College coach is headed to Israel next summer.
Men’s ice hockey assistant coach Casey Fratkin will be the lone assistant coach on the United States’ entry into the 20th Maccabiah Games, his third international coaching assignment.
Fratkin assisted as Lithuania earned a bronze medal in March at the International Ice Hockey Federation U18 World Championship in Romania. Two weeks later, he helped the Lithuanian national team take bronze in Croatia during the IIHF Men’s World Championship.
Fratkin just completed his second year as a college coach. He will assist
Having just completed his second year as a college coach, Fratkin will assist Mercyhurst University coach Greg Gardner as his team competes in the open division during the Maccabiah Games, which take place every four years. Tryouts are next month in Philadelphia.
The Maccabi USA team took the silver medal at the 2013 Games, falling to Canada in the championship.
Fratkin has personal tie to the event: His father, Ron, competed in golf during the 1969 Games.
A native of Burnaby, British Columbia, Fratkin helped the Purple Knights advance to the Northeast-10 Conference tournament championship game in 2014-15 during his first season as a college assistant coach. This winter marked his 10th year in coaching.
Since 2006, Fratkin has worked with multiple amateur hockey programs in the Vancouver, British Columbia area. In 2011, he started working for Elite Hockey Science, where he is involved with player development for various age groups including professional, college and junior players.
Fratkin began volunteering in 2006 as an on-ice instructor and mentor for the Hockey Education Reaching Out Society, a Vancouver-based program dedicated to teaching basic hockey skills to economically-challenged youths. He has also devoted time to the Two-Way Hockey School since 2008.
Fratkin came to Saint Michael’s after a four-year collegiate playing career split between Division III institutions Wesleyan University and Elmira College. He spent the 2010-11 campaign skating for nationally-ranked NCAA Tournament quarterfinalist Elmira before transferring to Wesleyan for 2011-12.
In three seasons with the Cardinals, Fratkin played 51 games as a defenseman, helping the team make three straight appearances in the New England Small College Athletic Conference postseason.
Fratkin was also recognized twice on the NESCAC All-Academic team and graduated in 2014. He expects to complete his master’s degree in sports industry management from Georgetown University next year.
Prior to his collegiate career, Fratkin played four years of junior hockey in the Alberta Junior Hockey League and British Columbia Hockey League.
The Maccabiah Games debuted in 1932 and have been held in Israel every four years 1953 in the year following the Olympics. In 2013, more than 9,000 world-class athletes from 75 countries participated in the 19th Maccabiah Games, making it the third-largest international sports competition in the world behind only the Olympics and FIFA World Cup.
For more information about the 2017 Games, head to www.maccabiusa.com/events/2017-20th-maccabiah-games.