Colby College hockey coach Blaise MacDonald received his American Hockey Coaches Association/AHCA National D-III Coach of the Year Award last night at the annual convention in Florida.

MacDonald led the Mules to a NESCAC conference title and then kept winning all the way to the NCAA D-III Frozen Four. Colby lost in the national semi-final to eventual national champ St. Norbert 4-3.

The Mules finished the season a school best 17-11-2 and finished #6 in final USCHO national poll.

MacDonald has coached at Colby for six seasons. He spent time before Colby as head coach at Niagara and UMass Lowell.

The AHCA convention brings college coaches, along with amateur coaches and others who have a stake in hockey. Coaches discuss rule changes, legislation, tournament issues.

NOTE: Among the featured speakers this week is former UMaine Black Bear Jack Capuano. He is the former head coach of the New York Islanders and spent this past NHL season as associate head coach of the Florida Panthers.

Winners of the Edward Jeremiah Award
(Division III Coach of the Year)
1970Sid Watson, Bowdoin1994Jeff Meredith, Fredonia
1971Sid Watson, Bowdoin1995Bill Beaney, Middlebury
1972Jack Canniff, Massachusetts1996Dean Talafous, WI-River Falls
1973Jim Cross, Vermont1997Mike McShane, Norwich
1974Barry Urbanski, Boston State1998Mike Schwartz, Augsburg
1975Wendall Forbes, Middlebury1999Mike McShane, Norwich
1976Don Roberts, Gustavus Adolphus2000Mike McShane, Norwich
1977Bill Riley, Jr., Lowell2001Wayne Wilson, RIT
1978Sid Watson, Bowdoin2002Dan Stauber, WI-Superior
1979Don Brose, Mankato State2003George Roll, Oswego State
1980Steve Stirling, Babson2004Bill Beaney, Middlebury
1981Herb Hammond, Plattsburgh State2005Terry Skrypek, St. Thomas
1982Steve Stirling, Babson2006Bill Beaney, Middlebury
1983Mike Gibbons, Bemidji State2007Ed Gosek, Oswego State
Peter Van Buskirk, Holy Cross2008Tim Coghlin, St. Norbert College
1984Bob Peters, Bemidji State2009Dominick Dawes, Neumann College
1985Rob Riley, Babson2010Mike McShane, Norwich
1986Terry Meagher, Bowdoin2011Tim Coghlin, St. Norbert College
1987Tony Mariano, Norwich2012Jack Arena, Amherst College
1988Glenn Thomaris, Elmira2013Matt Loen, UW-Eau Claire
1989Terry Meagher, Bowdoin2014Chris Schultz, Geneseo
1990Bill Beaney, Middlebury2015Jack Arena, Amherst College
1991Glenn Thomaris, Elmira2016Chris Schultz, Geneseo
Peter Belisle, UMass Boston
1992Bruce Marshall, Connecticut2017Mike McShane, Norwich
1993Joe Baldarotta, WI-Stevens Point2018Blaise MacDonald, Colby College