McShane Rewrites Record Book

(Photo by Jeff Pexton.)

(Photo by Jeff Pexton.)

Norwich men’s ice hockey head coach Mike McShane led his team to its fourth NCAA Division III National Championship (its first since 2010) with a 4-1 victory over Trinity College (Conn.) on March 25 in Utica, N.Y. In his 22nd year behind the Cadets bench, McShane swept all four Coach of the Year awards, headlined by his fifth Ed Jeremiah National Division III Coach of the Year award—the most of any coach in the award’s 47-year history. Additional Coach of the Year honors were bestowed by the New England Hockey Conference (his 10th), the New England Hockey Writers Association (his 7th), and USCHO.com (his 2nd). In addition, McShane became only the seventh coach in NCAA men’s hockey history to reach the 700-career-wins milestone with a 4-0 win over Castleton University on November 18. The longtime mentor was characteristically humble in his response to all the accolades, saying, “I was blessed with a great bunch of guys this year…and with outstanding leadership from my captains, seniors, and assistant coaches. What more could a coach ask for? They’re the ones who deserve the praise.”

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