St. Mike’s names top assistant men’s hockey coach

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Dan Allen was named the top assistant men's ice hockey coach for the St. Michael's College team. (Photo courtesy of the St. Michael's College Athletic Communications Department)

Dan Allen was named the top assistant men’s ice hockey coach for the St. Michael’s College team. (Photo courtesy of the St. Michael’s College Athletic Communications Department)

Western Connecticut State University graduate Dan Allen was named the top assistant coach for the St. Michael’s College men’s ice hockey team, fifth-year head coach Damian DiGiulian announced on Friday.

Fifth-year assistant coach Brent Truchon and first-year volunteer assistant coach Maggie DiMasi round out bench staff for the 2016-17 season.

  “I am very excited about the opportunity to work at Saint Michael’s alongside Coach DiGiulian,” said Allen, a USA Hockey Level 4-certified coach. “I am looking forward to developing my coaching skills while also growing and advancing the men’s ice hockey program at Saint Mike’s.”

  Allen is entering his fifth winter as a coach. In 2012, he became a head coach for high school aged players in Danbury, Conn., with the Western Connecticut Youth Hockey Association. After completing his playing days with the Western Connecticut State University club team in 2013, Allen returned to the program as an assistant coach for the following two seasons. He was a member of the NCAA Division III Hockey Committee, where he attempted to help bring his school to the varsity Division III level.

“We are thrilled to name Dan Allen as an assistant coach for the men’s ice hockey program,” said DiGiulian. “Dan has already proven himself to be a tireless recruiter and a respected member of our organization. He has big shoes to fill with the departure of Casey Fratkin, but I am confident that he will work hard to represent our program and St. Michael’s College with class and dignity.”A Brookfield, Conn. native, Allen competed in one undergrad season of Division III ice hockey at Salve Regina University in 2008-09 before finishing his playing career at Western Connecticut State, where he served as an assistant captain for two years and captain as a senior. A Northeast Collegiate Hockey Association (NECHA) All-Star as a sophomore, Allen earned All-New England accolades as a senior. He graduated from Western Connecticut State in 2013 with a degree in history.