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For the upcoming 2019-20 Fordham is now a member of the Empire Collegiate Hockey Conference, joining the most elite college club hockey league in the Atlantic region. Also beginning this season, the Rams have become members of the Collegiate Hockey Federation (CHF) whose membership will represent the highest level of competition on a national level. The team begins its practices early September skating twice a week with Pennsylvania tournament appearances in the Ice Works Preseason Showcase in Aston mid-September and The Empire Classic in Warminster the week prior to Thanksgiving in November. No games are played during Thanksgiving break, finals week in December or Christmas break. The season culminates with league playoffs held the weekend following Presidents Weekend in February, and the CHF national tournament held in Philadelphia, PA beginning March 10, 2020.
The team is coached by Rich Guberti, who begins his 12th year with the team (2 years assistant coach – 10 years head coach). The team has gone 199-67-7-10 during this tenure. They have finished the regular season in the first place 7 times, have gone to the league finals 7 times, and have won four championships. In his nine years as the teams Head Coach, Guberti historically ranks 1st in overall wins (171) and winning percentage (.760). A USA Hockey Certified Level 4 Coach, he runs successful year-round Pro Player Clinics and Summer Camps. His Westchester Select tournament teams play in AAA tournaments during the summer on the East Coast. He has also run successful youth hockey and junior programs. Those teams have gone on to compete for State and National titles, as well as International Silver, Sticks both here and in Canada.
Behind the scenes is Director of Hockey Operations, Andrew Mola CBA '86 (36th year) who handles the day-to-day team operations which can range from organizing transportation, finances, alumni relations, statistical analysis, scheduling, recruiting, and running game-day operations. Mola also is in his 11th year serving as the President of the MCHC and has held prior MCHC Executive Board positions such as Director of Eligibility and Director of Structures.
MAHWAH, NJ – Many changes have been made to the program entering its fifth year of operation. Greg Jensen, who led the team to the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) National Tournament, has stepped down as Head Coach, Coach Jensen expressed regrets about leaving the team but wanted to spend more time with his family. We wish him well. Last year’s Assistant Coach, Bob Toy takes over the role of Head Coach. Coach Toy brings over twenty-three years of coaching experience from Mites to High School to College. Joining the staff as Assistant Coach is Mike Winters. Coach Winters has coached youth hockey since 2004 for the New Jersey Bandits. In addition, he was Assistant Coach under Bob Toy at Ramsey High School varsity team for 8 years. To round out the coaching staff, Keith Gay has been added as Goalie Coach. While at Ramapo his senior year, Keith helped bring an MCHC championship back to the program and was ranked #3 in the nation for ACHA Division III goaltenders, with 1.76 goals-against average and a .932 save percentage that season. He was also named the ACHA Division III player of the month twice. The support staff consists of Art Chill, Director of Hockey Operations, Russ Tricoli, General Manager, Jessica Levine, Assistant GM, and director of social media, and Scott Lingle, Team Manager.
Although the Roadrunners reached the ACHA National Tournament for the first time, the team has joined scores of teams in the fledgling Collegiate Hockey Federation (CHF). (The exact number of teams will be announced at a later date. Negations are still in progress with various leagues and conferences.) The reason for the bold move is that the new national association will invest more in governance and day-to-day operations of Division III teams than was our experience with the ACHA. In addition, there will be more input from the membership in the operation of the conference and benefits will be equally distributed across all levels of play. Our schedule remains largely unchanged as all the teams we play also joined the CHF. Since about a third of our games are against Empire Collegiate Hockey Conference ECHC) teams, we have joined the ECHC along with Fordham and Hofstra to form a strong top tier 8 team league.
The Roadrunners open the 2019-20 campaign against arch-rival Fordham at Ice Vault on 9/21/19 at 8:30 PM. With the loss of only once player to graduation and addition of top recruits, Ramapo is set-up this year to take it all the way.
The SCSU Men’s Ice Hockey team is getting ready to start their season, starting October 4th against Fairfield University. They are led by coaches Bill Walsh and Mike Ginetti, captain Brian Flanagan, and alternate captains Nick and Matt Latella. Key players for Ice Owls include senior forwards Salvatore Novella, Denzel Dickerson, and Scott Mocko who will lead the offense this season. Senior goaltender Luciano Amatruda will man the net as a key contributor to the team as well. With the addition of 8 new players along with returning players, the owls have a strong mix of young talent and upperclassmen leadership in the locker room. The club plans on being a top team in a very competitive conference, with sights set on the CHF National Championship Tournament in Philedelphia, Pennsylvania.