Chris Delaney Named '00 Elite Coach for 2013-14 Season
MARLBORO, MA--The Minuteman Flames are pleased to announce that Chris Delaney will take over as Head Coach for the 2000 Elite team starting in Fall of 2013. Currently an Assistant Coach with the '99 AAA Flames and Head Coach for Hopkinton Middle School, Chris brings a love for the game and an enthusiasm for development that will serve his squad well.
A native of Watertown, Chris played his High School hockey for the iconic Bill Hanson at Catholic Memorial during the years of 1984-88, alongside ex-Bruin, and current Harvard Coach Teddy Donato. Chris played all four years on the Varsity squad, and was a member of the school's first Division 1 Massachusetts State Championship Team. Before graduating, Chris went on to win two more Division 1 State Championships with Catholic Memorial, and served as Captain for the 1988 State Championship Team. Chris was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame in 2008 as a member of the 1986 Division 1 State Championship Team.
Upon graduating from Catholic Memorial, Chris played four years of collegiate hockey at Bowdoin College from 1988-92. Playing over 100 games at Bowdoin, Chris helped the Polar Bears to the ECAC playoffs in each of his four seasons. At Bowdoin, Chris played under Head Coach Terry Meagher, who, at 475 wins, is one of the most successful collegiate coaches of all time.
After Bowdoin, Chris played professionally for two seasons in the English Premier Hockey League for the Sunderland City Chiefs of the International Ice Hockey Federation. While still playing, Chris was the On-Ice coordinator at "The Bowdoin Hockey Clinic" for 3 years, a camp for Mites-Bantams which featured some of the top prep and college coaches in the country.
After his playing career, Chris coached the Middle School team at Catholic Memorial when the school opened up to 7th and 8th graders. As a result of his efforts there, the Middle School program thrived, and continues to feed the highly successful High School team to this day.
"The 2000 Elite Flames have had great success under Head Coach Richard Gallant. We'll miss Richard and his leadership" Flames Director Larue Renfroe stated, "Coach Delaney will be the perfect fit for this crucial stage in their hockey development. He is a great coach, having been the beneficiary of great programs and coaches throughout his career. We are excited to have him bring his experience to our 2000 Elites."