In the fall of 2017, the Sault College Cougar men’s hockey program will be playing in the ACHA in their north division. During the 2016 – 2017 season, the Cougars played twelve exhibition games against teams in the ACHA DII and DIII divisions that included Grand Valley State University (DIII), Saginaw Valley State University (DIII), Lake Superior State University (DII), Michigan Tech (DII), Northern Michigan University (DII) and Ferris State University (DII).
When Sault College wrapped up their 2016 – 2017 season, the Cougars record finished with five wins and seven losses.
After long conversations with well known hockey coach Mike Hall who helped with the Cougars throughout the 2016 – 2017 season, Sault College Director of Hockey Operations – Jay Houslander convinced Hall to take over the coaching duties starting for the fall of 2017.
51 year old Hall is a well known history behind the bench in AAA midget hockey with winning 10 of 12 Great North Midget League AAA championships, two gold medals, a silver and two bronze at the Central Region (Ontario) championships as well as four appearances at the AAA Midget National Championships.
The 30 year veteran of coaching has the opportunity to coach the likes of Marty Turco (G), Ken Belanger (F), Aiden Wright (D), Zack LaRue (F), Brett Perlini (F), Colin Miller (D), Jake Patterson (G), Anthony Stefano (F), Michael Amadio (F) as well as current Cougars such as Tyler Brown, Michael Caruso and Matt Zalewski.
“This is an incredible opportunity for the Sault College hockey program to have someone with Mike Hall’s experience to join the program for the upcoming season. Mike brings years of experience and knowledge to our program at the college” said Houslander.
“It’s exciting to return to the bench and certainly starting into a new league with American University’s presents a great opportunity for students to continue their studies and also play hockey at a extremely competitive level. We will return a strong group next year and with recruiting currently underway and some commitments from future players,the 2017-2018 season looks bright. I would like to thank Jay for the opportunity to be involved with next years hockey program” said Mike Hall.
Sault College captain Tyler Brown told Saultsports that “I couldn’t be happier to play under Mike again. He was in my opinion one of Sault Ste Marie’s greatest minor league coaches and the Sault College Cougars are lucky to have his knowledge and experience behind the bench. I look forward to what is in store for the upcoming season.”