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  • WCHornet
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    Originally posted by tjoneslo View Post
    Very much looking forward to the start of NESCAC this weekend. Still not sure how to watch all the games through.

    The traditional opening weekend of Middlebury / Williams traveling to the north lands of Maine to take on Colby / Bowdoin is going to be my favorite. With Bowdoin being the NESCAC champs from last year and Colby stepping up, it will be interesting to see how Middlebuy's new coach responds, and William's trying to keep their top rankings. This will be an interesting season.

    NESCAC has been so competitive with each other it's hard to find a breakout team for the national rankings. I think just a little bit of a step up and we'll see a mirror of the Women's side.
    Most of the games appear to be on NSN Sports

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  • tjoneslo
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    Very much looking forward to the start of NESCAC this weekend. Still not sure how to watch all the games through.

    The traditional opening weekend of Middlebury / Williams traveling to the north lands of Maine to take on Colby / Bowdoin is going to be my favorite. With Bowdoin being the NESCAC champs from last year and Colby stepping up, it will be interesting to see how Middlebuy's new coach responds, and William's trying to keep their top rankings. This will be an interesting season.

    NESCAC has been so competitive with each other it's hard to find a breakout team for the national rankings. I think just a little bit of a step up and we'll see a mirror of the Women's side.

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  • MikeMidd
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    Originally posted by bakdraft21 View Post

    thanks for the link,WOW that should bring in recruits, besides the academics which are top shelf..
    Definitely a plus for their program. Bowdoin saw a real uptick in results in the decade since their new rink - I'm sure it's not a direct cause, but I imagine it reflects a wider commitment to more resources and was appealing to recruits. Will be interesting to see if the same happens for Colby.

    Also good for the NESCAC, after what feels like a half-decade of relative weakness for the league. Feels like the league is in a bit of down period, as witnessed by this thread being a couple years old and being close to life support for a while!

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  • bakdraft21
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    Originally posted by MikeMidd View Post

    Capacity listed as 1,796 by Colby. Some visuals and narrative about it available here: https://express.adobe.com/page/t43uyuQWZb4Di/ (yes, it looks like a weird link, but it's real)

    Agree, seems like a very nice rink. Similar to Middlebury's, except the end seating comes down to ice level at Kenyon Arena while Colby's comes halfway down and then has a wall, leaving a gap between the end seating and the boards. Would be curious to know why they did that.
    thanks for the link,WOW that should bring in recruits, besides the academics which are top shelf..

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  • MikeMidd
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    Originally posted by bakdraft21 View Post
    Awesome rink, whats the capacity, looks a little like Middlebury..
    Capacity listed as 1,796 by Colby. Some visuals and narrative about it available here: https://express.adobe.com/page/t43uyuQWZb4Di/ (yes, it looks like a weird link, but it's real)

    Agree, seems like a very nice rink. Similar to Middlebury's, except the end seating comes down to ice level at Kenyon Arena while Colby's comes halfway down and then has a wall, leaving a gap between the end seating and the boards. Would be curious to know why they did that.

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  • bakdraft21
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    Awesome rink, whats the capacity, looks a little like Middlebury..

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  • MikeMidd
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    Last night Maine and UNH played an exhibition match at Alfond Arena... make that Colby's Alfond Athletics and Recreation Center. Big crowd to support Maine, nice showcase for a recently built DIII arena, and proceeds will go to the Alfond Youth and Community Center.

    Video feed was available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-gnW7ZAAEo

    Had me thinking about other opportunities to connect a NESCAC school with DI program. Would've been fun to see UVM play at Kenyon Arena for example!

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  • MikeMidd
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    Middlebury also recently previewed their incoming class on social media:

    Bobby May, D – West Kelowna (BCHL) – Davidson, NC
    Joe Gerebi, D – NH Monarchs (NCDC) – Victoria, MN
    Jack Morehouse, F – Jersey Hitmen (NCDC) – Pittsburgh, PA
    Dante Palombo, F – NJ Titans (NAHL) – White Plains, NY
    Revy Mack, F – Anchorage (NAHL) – Anchorage, AK
    Andrew Heinze, G – Loomis-Chaffee (Founders League - prep school) – North Andover, MA
    Max Noll, F – NH Monarchs (NCDC) – Rochester, MI
    Andrew Seaman, F – Union College (DI, ECAC) – Winnetka, IL

    Interesting to see only one first-year player coming directly from prep school, with nearly all coming from at least a year of junior hockey (if I've captured them all correctly). That recruiting would've been done before Sinclair's departure was announced, presumably - so wonder if there's anything to read into it, in terms of players who are Sinclair's choices, what level of quality they bring, etc. Junior hockey isn't my area of expertise, welcome thoughts from others on what level of quality they're bringing.

    Seaman - a junior transfer from Union - went into the portal a couple days after Sinclair stepped down. He played regularly his freshman year, only once his sophomore year.

    Middlebury also announced Jack Fitzgerald is joining as assistant coach. He spent four years at Amherst as an assistant coach and was a four year player and senior-year Captain for Amherst.

    As tjoneslo said, going to be an interesting one for the Panthers. At last, change at the top and perhaps an opportunity to rebuild some respectability let alone contend for titles. But a long road ahead.

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  • tjoneslo
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    Just to keep up with the changes in Nescac:

    Neil Sinclair has stepped down as head coach of Middlebury:

    https://athletics.middlebury.edu/new...ce-hockey.aspx

    Jack Ceglarski has been named interim head coach

    https://athletics.middlebury.edu/new...key-coach.aspx

    So I'm thinking this is going to be an interesting year for Middlebury, and the NESCAC in general

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  • rufus22
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    Agree to all said above except to D3Follower I’d just clarify that what I mean by social issues is that the Patton administration is absolutely consumed by issues of diversity equity and inclusion (which isnt all bad) but to the point that the men’s hockey program couldn’t possibly occupy a lower rung among leadership priorities. This bleeds through in various ways, mostly unofficial but in ways that might affect basics like salary, and moreso perceived recruiting flexibility and support, that a prospective coach might understand pretty quickly. Admittedly the last part I’m hypothesizing but not the first. Either way I’m behind Ceglarski, just frustrated w the school.
    Last edited by rufus22; 07-15-2023, 11:54 PM.

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  • d3follower
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    Originally posted by neumyer View Post
    . . I believe that Jack Ceglarski is the grandson of Len Ceglarski, who was the head coach at Clarkson and BC. He maybe the nephew of Mark Ceglarski, who played at Midd in the 1970's. . . .
    Correct, Neumyer. Mark is Jack's uncle. Len Ceglarski, Sr. had six sons, with Mark being the oldest (I think).
    Last edited by d3follower; 07-15-2023, 08:00 PM.

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  • d3follower
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    Yes, Jack Ceglarski has great hockey blood lines, FWIW. Is father ("Babe" or Len Jr) was the long-time coach at Governer Dummer Academy (where Jack played prep hockey).His grandfather was Len Ceglarski Sr, a true legend in the hockey world with many years as a D1 head coach -- first at Clarkson and then at BC. His uncle is Tim Ceglarski, who was the head coach at Elmira for some years. If there was a failed search (as likely there was since selecting such a young and inexperienced coach is very much a gamble regardless of his blood lines), I doubt that it any thing to do with "social issues." Middlebury is top drawer in virtually all sports, finishing no. 8 nationally in the Learfield Cup, which is a way of measuring success in the D3 world. And if you look more closely at traditional men's team sports -- football, lacrosse, soccer, basketball, and baseball -- you will find Middlebury in the top tier of the NESCAC in each of those sports virtually every year. So the institutional support is there in terms of facilities and recruiting . . Jack will have the chance to try to bring the Middlebury program back but it will be harder for him with the "interim" tag and with a group of player who have not been, in relative terms, top-of-the-line recruits for some time (decent but lacking that extra something that takes a team to the top tier of the NESCAC).

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  • Russell Jaslow
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    Originally posted by neumyer View Post
    Well, we will see. I believe that Jack Ceglarski is the grandson of Len Ceglarski, who was the head coach at Clarkson and BC. He maybe the nephew of Mark Ceglarski, who played at Midd in the 1970's.
    There's also Tim Ceglarski, who I believe is the son of Len, who coached at Elmira.

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  • neumyer
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    Well, we will see. I believe that Jack Ceglarski is the grandson of Len Ceglarski, who was the head coach at Clarkson and BC. He maybe the nephew of Mark Ceglarski, who played at Midd in the 1970's. Anyway, I heard that 10 years ago, Midd wanted Jamie Rice at Babson, but he declined the position due to his wife not wanting to leave the Boston area. Maybe they did miss out on their first choice candidate again, but let's give Jack a chance. It is all about institutional support and if he gets it, perhaps Midd won't be a doormat anymore. I would think that alumni hockey players and Mr Kenyon who coughed up something like $17M for the rink might take a dim view of playing at current level they have been operating at and could complain. Social issues could win out, but they haven't precluded success in other sports including women's hockey.
    Last edited by neumyer; 07-15-2023, 07:30 PM.

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  • rufus22
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    Nail on the head: “Still, it is a bit of a surprise that Middlebury was not properly prepared for its search for a new head coach and did not pull out all the stops in the hiring process.”

    Makes me wonder if they mailed it in on the process, preferring to focus on the giant set of social issues that engulf campuses like midd now (I’ll leave it at that), or whether a great candidate came close (in line w d3 follower above) and thought “wow I’m going to be fighting an uphill battle for resources and support at this institution at this time.”

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