Thursday, June 14, 2012


The State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) has announced the Spring 2012 All-Academic teams, and The College at Brockport's ice hockey team was well-represented on the honor roll list.

All-Academic team honors were received for having a winter or spring semester grade-point average of 3.3 or higher. The SUNYAC Commissioner's List is achieved by maintaining a cumulative grade-point average of 3.3 or higher for three consecutive semesters.

Spring 2012 SUNYAC All-Academic Team: James Cody, Robert Conner, Matthew DeLuca, Marcus Farmer, Ian Finnerty, Aaron Green, Brett Jendra, Chris Marinakos, Nick Panepinto, Brendon Rothfuss

Spring 2012 SUNYAC Commissioners List: James Cody, Matt DeLuca, Brett Jendra, Brendon Rothfuss

This is a great showing by the team and they should be commended for being STUDENT-athletes.


Tuesday, June 12, 2012


One of the most accomplished blueliners in Brockport history -- Mike Gershon, who was an All-SUNYAC pick on the playoff teams -- has a new gig. He's the assistant coach for Port Huron.

The Times-Herlad reports....

Michael Gershon got a crash course this past season in the world of coaching at the junior level.

As the head coach and general manager of the New Mexico Renegades of the Western States Hockey League, Gershon handled pretty much everything for the Renegades, including some advertising and marketing.

That experience should help him as he takes on his next role as an assistant with the Port Huron Fighting Falcons.

“I feel like I can do a lot more than a normal assistant would coming in after one year of coaching,” said Gershon, a former Port Huron Icehawks defenseman. “I think it really prepared me. I was doing video, setting up trips, buses, hotels and food, so I’ve got that under my belt, too.”

Gershon joins Jeff Blum and Scott Nichols as assistants on coach Steve Shannon’s staff. He said he’ll likely spend much of his time with the defense, but he’s ready to take on any role Shannon gives him.

“I pretty much ran what (former Icehawks coach Stan Drulia) ran, with some variation,” Gershon said. “A lot of what Pittsburgh runs. Steve has his own philosophy, and I’ll have to adapt to that. Obviously I’ll have my say, but as an assistant, it’s my job to give my opinion and offer my support.”

Read the full article here. It has some great insight into Mr. Gershon's post-Brockport days:


Monday, June 11, 2012


The Brockport Ice Hockey Alumni and Friends golf tournament will take place on Saturday August 11, 2012 with a tee time of 10:00am at Salmon Creek Country Club in Spencerport, NY.

Alumni, friends, and boosters should sign-up now as they are going to be limited to 60 golfers.

This is a huge event for the program as they try to raise funds to provide the players with the tools they will need to be a successful team on the ice. The coaches know they can count on our alumni to help provide the best four-year college hockey experience for these young men.

A fundraiser like this takes on special meaninng in today's economy as the SUNY system and colleges across the country have to make cuts to stay economically-vibrant. 

To reserve your spot in this tournament email Nick Unger at for a registration form and send in along with a check for $80 made out to the “Golden Eagle Society”. Please write “Ice Hockey Golf Tourney” in the memo and have it sent to:

Brian Dickinson, Head Ice Hockey Coach
350 New Campus Drive
Brockport, NY 14420

The team thanks you for your continued support and they hope to see you out on the course in August!



Trenton Golden Hawks forward Daniel Vernace has confirmed his commitment to join The College at Brockport Golden Eagles beginning with the 2012-13 SUNYAC season.

The 6', 180 lbs. native of Toronto, joined the Golden Hawks as a trade deadline acquisition after spending two and a half seasons as a member of the Mississauga Chargers. Vernace first played in the OJHL as a 17-year old affiliate with the Villanova Knights, joining the squad for a single game during the 2008-09 season. The following year he made the full-time jump to junior hockey with the Chargers. The skilled forward would post 114 points during his stint in Mississauga, finishing second on the club in scoring last year, while leading the team with 46 points in 38 games played before the trade to Trenton this year. His play earned him a spot on the OJHL South Division All-Stars that competed at the inaugural Central Canada Cup All-Star Challenge that was held in Smiths Falls, Ontario. He would ultimately finish the year as the Golden Hawks leading scorer, notching 30 goals and 61 points on the season.

He is an impact forward and "skilled", "fast", "heady", "good hands", "quick release", "accurate shots", "physical" are all words to describe his game. A good student, his  hobbies include playing soccer and tennis plus spending time with his family.

Daniel has good hockey pedigree as his brother Michael played in the NHL for the Tampa Bay Lightning and is now a part of the NY Rangers organization, playing for the AHL's Connecticut Whale.

Watch one of his goals here:


Friday, June 1, 2012


Wellington Dukes defenceman Chad Cummings (photo courtesy of the Wellington Dukes) has confirmed his commitment to join The College at Brockport Golden Eagles beginning with the 2012-13 SUNYAC season.

The four-year OJHL veteran and native of Caldeon, Ontario, joined the Dukes late in the OJHL season after spending the majority of the season as the Orangeville Flyers captain.

The 6'5", 205 lbs. rearguard joined the OJHL as a 17-year old rookie in 2008-09, recording a respectible 11 points in 41 regular season games and would follow that up with 20 points to lead all Caps defencemen in scoring. A trade during the summer of 2010 would see Cummings join the Villanova Knights, and although his offensive totals dropped, he was a rock on the blueline for one of the year's suprising clubs, ultimately falling in the quarter-final to the eventual league champion Wellington Dukes.

This season saw Cummings begin as the Flyers captain, notching 11 points before the trade to Wellington. While with the Dukes, Cummings would record just a single assist, but was one of the club's key shutdown guys as they entered the playoffs.