The hockey season is just around the corner for 2017 – 2018 for the Sault College Cougars hockey program with the men’s hockey program entering their first season in the American Collegiate Hockey Association DIII division with a 27 game schedule while the women will be playing a 15 – 20 exhibition schedule throughout the 2017 – 2018 season against teams in the American Collegiate Hockey Association DII division along with a trip to Thunder Bay for a three day tournament.
The men’s program will see Tyler Brown, Jamie Kamzol, Jason Uhl, Jared Binguis return to this season roster with Mike Hall taking over the head coaching duties while assistant coach Rod Trudel, trainers Shaw Houslander and Bid Caverly returning to the staff. Jay Houslander stepped down as head coach to take over as the Sault College Hockey Coordinator from his coaching duties for the last three seasons.
The men’s program has committed to new comers Cole Peck (Blind River Beavers – NOJHL), Andrew Trowbridge (Blind River Beavers – NOJHL), Kevin Lanoix (Napanee Raiders – PJHL), Braedan Turco (Niagara Whalers – GMHL), Austin Rowe (St Mary’s Knights – CSSHL) and Ryan Vendramin (Sarnia Legionnaires).
Coach Mike Hall told Saultsports that “with the players committed to return and the active recruiting from Jay Houslander this summer we feel we will ice a quality team and certainly be competitive within the ACHA. It’s a great opportunity for our players to continue their education and play in a competitive league. It’s certainly a exciting time for Sault College hockey program.”
The women’s 2017 – 2018 will see Sault Ste Marie native Chad Mousseau taking over the coaching duties with veteran Megan Turcotte and newcomers Chelsea Dokis, Mackenize Nadeau, Taylor Nadeau and Katelyn Lambert Mousseau joining the women’s Cougars roster.
“I’m very excited to be part of the women’s program at this time. I feel it is a great opportunity for the these young athletes to stay involved with the sport. Being accepted into the league next year is a great chance to show case their talent and it shows the support from the college for the athletes” said Mousseau.
Manager of Athletics of Sault College, Scott Gray told Saultsports that “we are excited of the move of hockey to the ACHA it fits both our location and the strength of our hockey programs locally – it affords students the ability to continue both their academic and hockey aspirations at the collegiate level we are optimistically working hard to grow this level of hockey as a Canadian school in an American League.”