August 15, 2014

Around Campus: BU gets a little Younger

After a stellar career at BU, Scott Young broke into the NHL with the Hartford Whalers in 1987-88. He won Stanley Cups with Pittsburgh and Colorado in his 17 NHL seasons and nabbed silver with Team USA at the 2002 Salt Lake Olympic Games. (Photos/Getty Images)

By NEHJ staff

Former Boston University, Olympic and NHL standout Scott Young (Clinton, Mass.) has been hired as the director of men’s hockey operations at BU, head coach David Quinn (Cranston, R.I.) announced last month.

Young, who retired from the NHL in 2006, had been the head coach at St. Mark’s School — his alma mater — in Southborough, Mass., for the past four seasons. He led that program to three winning seasons, including its first back-to-back winning seasons in a dozen years.

“We feel very fortunate to be adding Scott to our staff,” said Quinn. “He obviously has a wealth of knowledge and experience and he’s been a close friend of mine ever since we were teammates here at BU. His career speaks for itself, being a two-time Stanley Cup winner and a three-time Olympian, and he’s very respected in the hockey world.”

An inductee in the Massachusetts Hockey Hall of Fame and the St. Mark’s Athletic Hall of Fame, Young is one of three BU hockey alumni to participate in three Olympiads (1988, 1992, 2002) for Team USA; he captured a silver medal with the 2002 squad in Salt Lake City.

The 1986 Hockey East Rookie of the Year, Young was a standout at right wing for the Terriers under coach Jack Parker (Somerville, Mass.), totaling 65 points (31 goals, 34 assists) in 71 games over the course of two seasons.

Young went on to have an accomplished 17-season NHL career, winning the Stanley Cup twice, first with Pittsburgh in 1991 before raising it once more with Colorado five years later. The only Terrier to win the Cup with two different NHL organizations, Young played for seven NHL franchises and appeared in 1,181 career games, scoring 342 goals and 414 assists for 756 career points.

Czepiel returns to UMass

Former UMass captain Kevin Czepiel (Holyoke, Mass.) has returned to his alma mater as the director of hockey operations, head coach John Micheletto announced last month

Czepiel, who served as captain as a senior in 2012-13, played four seasons with the Minutemen and totaled 26 points on seven goals and 19 assists over 128 career games.

He graduated from UMass in 2013 with a degree in finance and operations management and is working toward his master’s degree in sport management.

“I am excited to be a part of UMass hockey program again,” said Czepiel. “I took tremendous pride in wearing the maroon and white when I played here, and hope to be part of helping UMass hockey reach new heights in the near future.”

PC loses Barr, adds Miller

Former Providence College assistant coach Ben Barr was hired to join the staff of Western Michigan as associate head coach last month.

Barr, 32, spent the past three seasons at Providence, helping the Friars to three consecutive Hockey East tournament semifinal appearances. Last season, he helped the program win 22 games and reach the East Regional finals of the NCAA tournament.

Prior to his time at Providence, Barr spent three seasons at Union College, helping recruit the senior class that led that program to the national championship in April.

Providence head coach Nate Leaman previously announced the addition of assistant coach Steve Miller to his staff. Miller spent 20 seasons as an assistant and associate coach at Denver, helping the Pioneers to two NCAA championships.

UNH rounds out women’s staff

New Hampshire women’s coach Hilary Witt (Canton, Mass.) announced last month that former player and interim coach Stephanie Jones will be returning for her ninth year on the staff, and that Bill Bowes has been hired as an assistant coach.

Jones, a four-year UNH letterwinner who graduated in 2005, joined the UNH coaching staff as an assistant coach in summer 2006 and served as interim co-head coach the final 15 games last season after the school dismissed head coach Brian McCloskey. In eight years with Jones on the bench, the Wildcats have a 151-100-27 overall record.

Bowes — who is no relation to the legendary former UNH football coach of the same name — comes to UNH from Castleton State (Vt.) College, where as head coach he led the Spartans to a program-best three-year win total of 35, including a single-season high 16 wins last season when Castleton finished as ECAC East runner-up.

“My name is one of the most famous names in UNH coaching history, and I have had nothing to do with it,” Bowes joked.

Campus notes

Maura Crowell, who in her fourth season at Harvard served as the interim women’s head coach during the 2013-14 season, was promoted to associate head coach, the team announced last month. While head coach Katey Stone (Watertown, Conn.) was leading Team USA to an Olympic silver medal in the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Crowell guided the Crimson to a 23-7-4 (16-3-3 ECAC) record, an Ivy League title and an appearance in the NCAA tournament. …

Brian Smith, who has served USA Hockey for the past two years as the Brian Fishman Intern, was named director of communications at Hockey East, it was announced last month by commissioner Joe Bertagna (Arlington, Mass.). Smith, a native of Woburn, Mass., was set to begin his new duties on July 30. In addition to his work with USA Hockey, Smith (Woburn, Mass.) spent a year as a communications intern with the New England Revolution and two years on the game-day staff of the Boston Bruins while at Boston College.

This article originally appeared in the August edition of the New England Hockey Journal. Click here to read the digital edition for free.