HAMDEN, Conn - Quinnipiac women's ice hockey head coach Rick Seeley has been named one of three finalists for the ECAC Hockey/MLX Skates Coach of the Year award, as announced by the league on Monday, Feb. 21. Seeley, who is accompanied by head coaches Doug Derraugh (Cornell) and Mark Hudak (Dartmouth), will await the final voting results for ECAC Hockey Coach of the Year, which is set to be released later this week.
Seeley, who was named the 2009-10 ECAC Hockey/MLX Skates Coach of the Year, has led the 2010-11 women's ice hockey team to program-highs in both conference (12) and overall (20) wins this season. In just three short seasons, Quinnipiac has seen its program transition from a 20-loss team in 2008-09, to a 20-win team in 2010-11. Seeley's Quinnipiac record stands at 42-47-16, while the team's record during its past two record-breaking seasons is 39-21-11.
The Bobcats have scored the second most goals (98) and third most assists (141) among ECAC Hockey teams. On the defensive side, Quinnipiac ranks second in both goals against average (1.68) and its penalty kill percentage (.901), while committing the second fewest penalties (114) for a 6.7 penalty minutes per game average.
Seeley leads the Bobcats into their second-ever post season appearance, as the team prepares to face No. 4 seeded Princeton in a best-of-three opening round playoff series beginning on Friday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m.