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Providence College sophomore Jack Dugan has been nominated for the Hobey Baker Award, given annually to the top player in Division I men's hockey. Jack grew up playing in our program with the Monarchs as well as McQuaid High School.
After posting 39 points during his rookie campaign in 2018-19, Dugan has raced out to the national scoring lead this season with 41 points in 23 games played. He tops all NCAA players in assists (34), points per game (1.78), power-play points (17) and even-strength points (24). His 14 games of at least two points, five games of at least three points and three games of four points also are the most in the nation. Dugan is a two-time Hockey East Player of the Week selection and was the league's player of the month for October.
NHL Alumni Among Members of New Hockey Development Group at PYH
January 16, 2020—With the goal of helping all kids reach their full potential as hockey players, Perinton Youth Hockey has formed a professional advisory group named the Hockey Development Group. The group will be led by PYH Hockey General Manager Francois Methot and includes NHL alums Nathan Paetsch, Stephen Gionta and Matt Murley, as well as former professional players Jim Lorentz and Dave Insalaco. The combined group brings significant knowledge and experience at the highest levels of hockey to PYH’s player development program.
The Hockey Development Group will play an important role in player development at every level in every age group in the PYH program. With a focus on individual skill development, the group will create a challenging and engaging hockey curriculum that prepares players for success as they grow into the sport and helps them develop the skills they need to advance their hockey careers and achieve their hockey goals.
Nathan Paetsch has played professional hockey for over 17 years and is currently playing in his 7th season with the Rochester Americans. He’s played in over 850 professional games, including 167 in the NHL with the Buffalo Sabres and Columbus Blue Jackets. His career includes two Calder Cup championships with the Grand Rapids Griffins. He was also named an AHL all-star in 2006.
Rochester-native Stephen Gionta recently retired from a 14-year professional hockey career. He played in over 750 professional games, including 300 NHL games for the New Jersey Devils and New York Islanders. He finished his career with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the AHL and is currently a scout with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Matt Murley was drafted 51st overall in the 1999 NHL entry draft. He played three seasons in the NHL for the Pittsburgh Penguins and Phoenix Coyotes. He’s been playing professionally in Europe since 2008, most recently for the Nuremberg Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers of the Deutsche Eishockey League (DEL) in Germany.
Jim Lorentz played NCAA Division I hockey for St. Lawrence University before moving on to play two seasons in the East Coast Hockey League. He is currently head coach for the 12U Rochester Monarchs hockey team, which is ranked 18th overall in the nation.
Dave Insalaco is serving his 13th season as assistant coach for the RIT men’s NCAA Division I hockey program. During his time with RIT, the Tigers won three Atlantic Hockey championships, including a trip to the 2010 NCAA Division I Frozen Four. A Rochester native, Insalaco played for SUNY Brockport and is the 7th all-time leading goal scorer and 10th in points. He played two seasons of professional hockey with the Green Bay Gamblers of the United States Hockey League.
The Hockey Development Group will begin its work now in preparation for next season. As the second largest youth hockey organization in New York state with nearly 800 players in the program, PYH is committed to becoming the premier hockey development organization in the region.
January 1, 2020—Francois Methot has expanded his role with Perinton Youth Hockey as Hockey General Manager, a new role that will begin immediately in preparation for the 2020-2021 hockey season.
Next season, PYH will field teams at all levels of competition, including AAA (Tier I), AA (Tier II) and House teams. Methot will direct player development for every PYH team at every age level. He’ll oversee skill development for all PYH players, serve as an additional resource to coaches and consult with players—and their families—who are seeking to advance their hockey careers.
Methot’s appointment to Hockey General Manager will help PYH toward its goal of becoming the premier development organization in the region. Every player, regardless of age or ability, should have access to the best skill development opportunities possible in order to grow as hockey players. Now every PYH player will have access to the same training needed to succeed in today’s game.
Methot has been an integral part of PYH’s Rochester Monarchs AAA program as the Director of Hockey for nearly 5 years. He also coached several teams and led the Monarchs 14U team to a run for the national championship in 2018. Methot is a beloved skills coach to many players at PYH and around the region. Players of all ages, from mites to college and professional hockey teams, including the Nashville Predators, work with him to develop their hockey skills.
A third-round draft pick by the Buffalo Sabres, Methot played professional hockey for 17 years, including five seasons with the Rochester Americans. He played in Germany for 11 years before retiring from professional hockey in 2015.