The city's acclaimed pair of NCAA Division I ice hockey coaches will tell area fans about their teams and prospects for the upcoming 2021-2022 season at the Sports Corp's annual Hockey Face Off Luncheon on Tuesday, September 28 at Hotel Elegante.
The luncheon will be emceed by the Commissioner of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference, Josh Fenton. Fenton is in his eighth year as Commissioner of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC). In seven seasons, he has guided the eight member institutions through a period of tremendous success including:
- Twenty Three (23) combined teams in NCAA Tournament;
- Ten (10) combined teams in NCAA Frozen Four;
- Four (4) NCAA National Champions (2016 – 2019)
- Forty-Two (42) American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) All-America honors
- Two Hobey Baker Award Winners (2017, 2020), two Goaltender (2016, 2017), one Rookie (2018), and two Coach (2017, 2020) of the Year Awards.
Kris Mayotte, Colorado College
?Mayotte brings a wealth of success as one of the top assistant coaches and recruiters in the nation to Colorado College. Throughout his 10 years as a Division I assistant and associate head coach, he helped his teams to an NCAA National Championship in 2015, two Frozen Fours and seven NCAA Tournament appearances. In addition, Mayotte won a pair of gold medals and a bronze in three stints as an assistant coach with Team USA at the World Junior Championships.
Mayotte, who spent the last two seasons at the University of Michigan with head coach Mel Pearson after five years under Nate Leaman at Providence College, has recruited six All-Americans and prepared several of his players for the National Hockey League.
The Tigers kick off the season on October 2 with an exhibition game vs. Air Force at the newly completed Ed Robson Arena.
Frank Serratore, U.S. Air Force Academy
?Serratore enters his 25th season at Air Force with a 410-378-93 record at the Academy. He has an overall mark of 459-470-102 in 28 seasons as a college head coach. He became the seventh active college hockey with 400 victories at his current institution with a victory over Holy Cross, Dec. 6, 2019. Serratore coached his 1,000th career game on Jan. 10, 2020 at Army.
He has turned Air Force hockey it into a legitimate national contender, with seven conference tournament championships and seven NCAA appearances in the last 15 years. Over the last 13 years, Air Force has beaten a team ranked in the top five in the nation nine times.
The Falcons home opener is on October 15 against the University of Denver.
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