Assistants, players out after 12-win season
Typically news for a college hockey team wanes after its season ends.
Miami’s postseason was halted in the first weekend, concluding with a 4-3 overtime loss in Game 3 of an NCHC Tournament opening-round series at St. Cloud State.
But just a week later, the RedHawks announced both of its assistant coaches – Nick Petraglia and Brent Brekke – will not return to the bench in 2018-19, and several of its players also won’t be back this fall.
Brekke has been a coach at Miami the past 10 seasons, and Petraglia has been an assistant for eight campaigns.
Director of hockey operations Tommy Hill is expected to take over the position of Petraglia, who will remain with Miami’s athletic program in a different role. The other position has already been listed online and applications are being accepted.
Four players from Miami’s 2017-18 roster have also reportedly been cut after the team finished 12-20-5.
A wild card in the coaching shake-up is Dean Stork, who took a volunteer assistant position for the RedHawks this past season. He has been wildly successful coaching in the ECHL, helping lead the Cincinnati Cyclones to multiple Kelly Cup championships.
For the third straight year, the RedHawks have failed to reach the NCHC Frozen Faceoff, the NCAA Tourament or even the .500 mark.
Miami finished last in the conference this season and dropped its first-round conference series, two games to one.