Quincy College will add to its growing list of athletic offerings later this year when it launches its inaugural men’s ice hockey program and begins play as a member of the Collegiate Hockey Federation (CHF) for the 2022-23 season.
Hockey becomes the fifth sport in which Granite student-athletes can participate, along with men’s basketball and baseball, co-ed cross country, and co-ed soccer.
As the first head coach of its men’s hockey program, the Granite has tapped Kyle Robertson. His two decades of experience includes time behind the bench leading a number of regional junior teams and he’s helped more than 100 players achieve their goal of playing in NCAA programs. Robertson will be assisted by long-time North Quincy High School varsity coach Matt Gibbons, whose tenure there includes three titles and MIAA Coach of the Year honors (he will continue in that role while serving as a Granite assistant).
“Planning for a men’s hockey program has been ongoing for several years, and securing top-tier coaching was the final step in that process,” said Jack Raymer, Quincy College’s director of athletics. “Kyle and Matt both have outstanding player-evaluation and player-development skills as well as histories of on-ice success. With them in place, we’ve been ramping up student-athlete recruiting ahead of our long-awaited first season.”
The Granite will compete in the CHF’s New England Independent Hockey Conference whose member schools include Anna Maria College, Babson College, Farmingdale (NY) State College (Division III), Mass. Maritime Academy, New England College, Nichols College, Rhode Island College, Sacred Heart University, and the University of New Hampshire (Division III). The team will play its home games at Quincy Youth Arena.“We know that we’ll be facing tough conference competition this fall, but when the puck drops we’ll be ready,” said Coach Robertson. “Our work starts now. We’re looking forward to building a team of talented student-athletes who’ll be up for the challenge and proud to represent Quincy College in its very first season on the ice.”
Prospective students interested in the Quincy Granite men’s hockey program – or any of the College’s other athletics offerings – can visit www.quincycollege.edu/athletics