Bogosian named Union hockey volunteer assistant coach
Aaron Bogosian has joined the Union men’s hockey staff as volunteer assistant coach. Bogosian, who was a forward for St. Lawrence from 2007 to 2011, replaces John Ronan.
Union head coach Rick Bennett said Bogosian will help the Dutchmen on their faceoffs. That was a glaring weakness on last season’s NCAA-championship team. In 42 games, they had a better faceoff percentage than their opponents only 10 times. They were beaten 29 times, and three games were even.
In the Frozen Four, Union lost 42 of 63 faceoffs to Boston College in the semifinal. The Dutchmen were a little better against Minnesota in the championship game, winning 43 of 89 draws.
Mike Vecchione was the only Dutchmen center to win over 50 percent of the draws. He won 53.3 percent (344-for-645).
“I feel [Bogosian] is going to be a tremendous asset with our centermen,” Bennett said. “He was a very good faceoff guy at St. Lawrence.”
Bogosian has seen the numbers. He believes he can help improve that area.
“I had a lot of experience doing it,” Bogosian said. “It’s something I really took pride in. I think it’s a huge part of the game. If you can add that to your toolbox, it can bring you more opportunities. I’m just going to tell them what I’ve learned. I’ve gotten the chance to work with some pretty good faceoff guys throughout my pro career. They taught me a lot.
“I’m going to try and help out as much as I can because it’s a huge thing that’s overlooked. It you’re team is winning a lot of faceoffs, you’re starting off with the puck. You’re not chasing.”