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12th Annual Pond Club Golf Tournament
The Orchards, South Hadley, MA

Monday, June 11, 2012
9:00 AM Registration begins
9:15 AM Breakfast begins (Until 10:00 AM)
10:30 AM Shotgun Tee Off
4:00 PM Cocktail, Cookout, Prizes and Raffles

Our student-athletes and hockey program are very grateful to have so many committed supporters like you. The UMass Hockey team and the Pond Club would like to invite you to our 12th Annual Pond Club Golf Tournament. This event is our MAJOR fundraising and social activity. Our goal is to raise over $20,000 for our deserving young men and for the development of our program. Once again, the world-renowned Orchards Golf Club in South Hadley will play host to a great day of golf and socializing. We are looking forward to your support this year on Monday, June 11th.

Outstanding gifts and prizes will be available to each golfer. We feature pre- and post-tournament food, along with beverages throughout the day. As in years past, we expect to have some amazing raffle and auction items, including sporting event tickets, golf packages, and sports memorabilia. A detailed list will be made available prior to the tournament.

We expect this year’s tournament to meet and exceed last year’s high-water mark, largely due to your support. Opportunities to show your commitment are below, along with a sign-up form for this year’s tournament.

CLICK HERE for the Sponsorship & Golf Entry Application

Corporate Sponsorships: To see detailed information on these sponsorships click:

Return application and payment to:
UMass Hockey
307 Mullins Center
200 Commonwealth Ave
Amherst, MA 01003

Golf questions? Contact Blaise MacDonald

Hello Pond Club Members,

This is a save the date reminder for the Pond Club's annual golf tournament!
This year, the tournament will be held on Monday, June 11th, 2012 at The Orchards
in South Hadley, with a shot gun start at 10am.

More details to follow. Let us know if you have any questions!

Hockey Office Staff

2012 Reverse Raffle

January 23, 2012

Dear Friend of UMass Hockey:

The UMass Hockey Pond Club would like to invite you to our eighth annual Reverse Raffle on Friday, March 30th, 2012 at The University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA.  The raffle social will be held on the University campus.  Please join us and bring a guest for an evening of socializing, entertainment, an open bar (beer, wine, and soda), an all you can eat hors d’oeuvres bar, and of course the Reverse Raffle all inclusive for $115.00.

Our Reverse Raffle last year was a huge success.  The food was great, the evening was very entertaining, and everyone attending had a great evening. And we can’t overlook the lucky $ 4,999 prize-winners! Our goal was to make this annual event more than just a fundraiser by having the Reverse Raffle become the social event of the hockey season and serve as a way to bring our alumni, Pond Club members, parents, and friends together for an evening of fun.  Please plan on joining us and making this event a success.

Here is how the Reverse Raffle works.  Each ticket number (1 to 175) will have a corresponding ping-pong ball entered into a raffle drum.  Balls will be drawn from the raffle drum throughout the evening until one ball remains.   The holder of this lucky numbered ping-pong ball will claim the $ 4,999 Grand Prize.  Additionally, during the evening there will be other miscellaneous prizes given out during the countdown to the final number.

Please join us in supporting UMass Hockey with a night out with a guest, unlimited hors d’oeuvres, open bar, entertainment, and of course your chance to win the $4,999 Grand Prize.

To purchase your ticket please fill out the Reverse side and make out a check payable to: The Pond Club. Return the reverse information and check to: UMass Hockey Office, 307 Mullins Center, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003.  Requests will be honored for specific numbers on a first come first served basis.  You will be sent a confirmation along with your ticket # prior to raffle. You do not need to be present to win the Grand Prize but you do need to be present to win any of the miscellaneous prizes given out during the evening.

Thank you for your support,

Mike Merchant 
President The Pond Club     

March 30th, 2012 Evening Schedule:                                                                                                                              
6:30                         Social Hour                                                                           
7:30                        60 balls drawn
8:00                        60 balls drawn
8:30                        30 balls drawn
8:45                        15 balls drawn
9:00                        Final 10 balls drawn



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Golf Outing Sponsors Night at the Mullins Friday Night March 4, 2011

Thank you to the following sponsors:

Corporate Sponsors:
Equity Builders, Inc. - Jim Harrity
Warp Speed

Hole Sponsors:
Chase The Goalie!! - Mike Buckley
The Wellman Family - Casey Wellman
Muskegon Lumberjacks, USHL - Josh Mervis
Team Wealth Investments - Jennifer Johnsrud
Courtyard By Marriott - Curt Shumway
Amherst Oakham Recycling - Gordon Palley
Amherst Insurance Agency - Glenn Allan
Spirit Haus, Inc. - Marvin Spence
Soldier's Legacy Fund - Peter Trovato
Pelham Auto Svc, Foreign Car Specialists - Jonathan Leighton
La Piazza Ristorante - Mauro Aniello
Bistro 63 at the Monkey Bar & Grill - Mauro Aniello
Mill Valley Splicing - James Boyko
Three Cod Tavern - Chip Percy
Albert Allen Insurance - Brock Hines
O'Connell Insurance Group, Inc. - Keith O'Connell
Teamsters Local 25 - Sean O'Brien
The Carzo Family - Rocco Carzo
The Lecomte Family - Francois Lecomte
The Irwin Family - Matthew Irwin
Vendetti Motors, Inc. - Joe Vendetti
Environmental Integrity, LLC - Stephen Czepiel
Thomas Pock - Mark Coogan
American Equity - Bob/Bill White
WEBS - America's Yarn Store - Steve & Kathy Elkin
The Lone Wolf Restaurant - Rob Watson
The Harp Irish Pub and Restaurant - Mark Power
The Marcou Family - Jim Marcou
Dan Feldman The UPS Store and Mark Matheson '07
Bob Goodhue ('70)
James Marcou
Fleury Lumber
Budget Cabinet Sales
N. R. Bergeron Drywall
Urban & Sons Insulation
Boston Carpet - Flooring America
Willard Concrete
The Dougherty Family - Tom Dougherty
Boston Red Sox - Lou Gorman
Gormley Funeral Home - Richie Gormley
Jones Group Realtors - Justine Rosewarne
Alec & Eliza Sullivan - Steve Sullivan
Whitlock Builders - Henry Whitlock
Millipore Corporation - George Oulundsen
Liquors 44 - Andrew Morrison


Topher Bevis Golf Outing

The Patty Fund is a non-for-profit organization founded in an effort to aid in the fight against brain cancer by providing much needed funding for research and development in the study and treatment of brain cancer at the Massachusetts General Hospital and the Stephen E. and Catherine Pappas Center for Neuro-Oncology. ...more


2010 Outing Details:

Date: Thursday July 29, 2010
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Location: Waverly Oaks Golf Club -
Plymouth, MA

Click here to Register



Mass Attack Tames Black Bears 5-3 In Friday Throwdown

AFTER READING THE RECAP: Please open the attached files to find a letter from
Coach Cahoon and Pond Club President Mike Merchant
about opportunities to join
the Pond Club. The Minutemen have gotten out to a strong start, but there's a
long way to go. Please help be part of the team that makes the team!

AMHERST, Mass. - The UMass hockey team used a goal and three assists from James
Marcou to knock off the Maine Black Bears 5-3 on Friday night at the Mullins
Center. Casey Wellman added a goal and an assist, while Michael Marcou netted
his first collegiate goal. Paul Dainton made 26 saves for the Minutemen (3-0-0,
2-0-0 HEA) while Scott Darling and Shawn Sirman split time for Maine (1-4-0, 0-
1-0 HEA). The Minutemen will hit the road for the first time next weekend
against Providence at 7 PM. UMass will then return home for a tilt with the
Friars on Halloween Night at the Mullins Center, also at 7 PM.

Shots were even at 29, while Massachusetts was 3-for-6 on the power play. Maine
was 1-for-4 on the man advantage.

Although the shots were close at 10-9 UMass, it was the Minutemen who dominated
play in the first period. Massachusetts jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the
second minute of play on Wellman's second of the season. With UMass on the
power-play, a Matt Irwin shot from the point was redirected by a Maine defender.
Marcou gathered the loose puck in the corner and fed a streaking Wellman in the
slot, who snuck the puck past Darling five-hole.

Martin Nolet netted his first goal of the year seven minutes into the frame
after the Minutemen who a neutral zone draw. Kevin Czepiel, who played in his
first collegiate game Friday, won the puck over to David Boehm, who then fed
Nolet as he entered the Black Bear zone. Nolet then sniped a shot over Darling's
right shoulder for the score. Boehm, playing in his first game since October of
2008 after receiving a medical redshirt, picked up his first career point.

Maine made it a one-goal game 13 minutes into the stanza on Adam Shemansky's
third goal of the season. After a breakdown in the Massachusetts zone, Spencer
Abbott picked up the puck and went in two-on-one. Justin Braun tried to fill the
passing lane, but Abbott slid the puck over to Shemansky on the doorstop for the
The Minutemen got their third goal late in the period on Marcou's first of the
season. Once again, the Minutemen were on the power play and Wellman returned
the favor to Marcou when he dished the puck to him on the right side. Marcou's
wrist shot was initially stopped by Darling, but he could not corral the puck as
it trickled across the goal line.

The teams exchanged goals during the second period, with Shawn Sirman replaced
Darling at the start of the period. Will O'Neill notched his first goal of the
season midway through the period. Brian Flynn took a pass from Gustav Nyquist
and fed O'Neill at the point. He then let a slap shot go from the point that
deflected off a skater on its way through traffic to make it 3-2 Minutemen.

The Marcou brothers brought the UMass lead back to two with five minutes to play
in the frame. After James Marcou picked off an errant Maine pass, he skated into
the Black Bear zone. Marcou held the puck in the slot, drawing two Maine
defenders towards him. He then fed the puck across the crease to his brother
Michael, who buried the puck past Sirman for his first collegiate goal.

The Minutemen added a goal in the third period on T.J. Syner's first of the
season off a pass from Marcou. The Black Bears answered late with a goal from
Tanner House, his first on the young season. House was alone in the slot and
buried a pass from Brian Flynn past Dainton. The third period saw 70 minutes in
penalties between the two teams, with four 10-minute misconducts being issued.

Matt Houde
UMass Media Relations
Journalism '11

letter from Coach Cahoon and Pond Club President Mike Merchant


Former hockey head coach Jack Canniff, 77, of Rockport, who led his squad to the 1972 ECAC Division II national title, died Aug. 29.

He served as the hockey coach from 1967-79, leading UMass to its only conference championship in program history. A fixture on the bench, Canniff was UMass’ all-time leader in career victories with 120 until current head coach Don “Toot” Cahoon passed him this past season.

“Coach Canniff has had a long-standing reputation in both high school and college hockey throughout Massachusetts for many decades,” said Cahoon. “As a member of a great Boston College team and throughout his coaching career at Gloucester High School to his time here at UMass he was always considered a strong-minded, hard-nosed coach whose players all loved playing for.”

Canniff was named the ECAC Coach of the Year in 1972 as he led the squad to a 19-7-0 overall record. UMass captured the ECAC crown with an 8-1 win over Buffalo on March 11, 1972 in Amherst. In 2008, he was elected to the campus’s Athletic Hall of Fame.


The Arlington native ranks second all-time in career win percentage among all hockey coaches and second among all coaches in career playoff appearances. He developed three All-Americans, all from the 1972 team (P.J. Flaherty, Pat Keenan and Brian Sullivan). Canniff graduated from Boston College in 1954.

Per his wishes, there will not be a wake and a funeral, but instead, he will be cremated and his ashes spread at sea.

Canniff’s family is planning a celebration of his life October 4th, 2pm at the Gloucester Elks on Bass Rocks. They are hoping that many of his friends, teammates, and former players can attend and bring their stories to share.

Condolences may be sent to the Canniff family,
107 Granite Rd., Rockport MA 01966.


From left, Jack Canniff with Boston College
teammates Bobby Babine
and Billy Maguire.
(Courtesy of Boston College)


College Hockey: Unsung No Longer
For UMass' Watson, Good Works Both On Ice And Off
by Mike Scandura/Special to USCHO

Jan. 23 - Brett Watson may be the unsung hero on the Massachusetts hockey team, as evidenced by the fact his teammates have voted him the Jack Caniff Unsung Hero Award each of the last two seasons.

But to a seven-year-old boy in western Massachusetts, Watson's a hero -period.

Watson, a junior forward, last September signed up for the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program of Hampshire County.

Each volunteer is paired with a boy or girl who "needs an extra special friend in their lives - who needs extra attention, who needs a positive role model that can help them learn to express themselves, make healthy personal choices and have fun."

Brett Watson is making a difference on and off the ice (photo: Melissa Wade)."I got word of it last year from Mike Kostka, who was our senior captain," said Watson. "He mentioned it to some of our guys about volunteering. Four guys (Paul Dainton, Brian Keane, Chase Langeraap) and me decided to do to it.

"My initial reaction was, am I going to have enough time because of school and hockey? But it's a way to give back to the community. I'm trying to make a difference in the life of a kid who needs some help.

"After talking with people in the program," continued Watson, "it was do-able."

Volunteers are required to sign up for a year and spend a minimum of three to four hours per week with their "little."

"The boy I'm with is on the younger side but he's a big ball of energy," said Watson. "We do have events to go to and I'm working on having the program come to one of our games.

"Some times I'll pick up my little brother, who's a pretty athletic kid. I live by some fields so some times we'll just throw a football around. He's also been bugging me about playing hockey. And, of course, I try to help him with his schoolwork."

Among other things, that includes reading.

"One of the things I asked myself is how can I make more of a difference in a kid's life," said Watson. "He talked to me about having trouble reading in school, so I sit down and help him with his reading.

"I try to reassure him and help him understand things when he has a problem."

Before being allowed to join the program, prospective volunteers undergo an extensive background check that includes visits to their dorm rooms and an interview process that can take several months.

"Obviously, they need to make sure that responsible people are taking care of the kids," explained Watson. "I interviewed with a case manager regarding who I could be matched with. I had three or four references they contacted and they asked pretty extensive questions about our character.

"They want to know how far you're willing to go to pick up your kid. What age? What interests would you like the kid to have? They'll ask the kids what interests they want their big brother to have.

"For certain people, the process takes longer," said Watson. "For me, it was quicker because they found a kid that would work for me."

How productive is this program?

A recent study conducted for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America by Public/Private Ventures, an independent research company, found that, compared with their peers, "littles" who met regularly with their "bigs" for a year were:

. 46 percent less likely to use drugs.
. 27 percent less likely to start drinking.
. 52 percent less likely to skip a day of school.
. 33 percent less likely to hit someone.
. More likely to attain slightly higher grades.
. Less likely to lie to their parents.

Etc., etc.

Watson also is conducting a systematic evaluation of the local program which will culminate in a list of recommendations about how to improve it and how to recruit more volunteers.

The project is a part of a full-year independent study course.

"Part of it is the work I'm doing with my little brother as well as helping coordinate this big-brother night at one of our games," said Watson. "I still have some work to do. But they do have a large need for volunteers.

"There are a lot of little brothers and sisters that haven't been matched yet. I want to get more athletes involved at UMass and will tackle this more in the second semester."

Whatever Watson tackles will be done with a large dose of humility.

Watson centers the Minutemen's checking line and also is one of the top skaters on the team's penalty kill, which entering the week of January 18, led Hockey East in that department.

He does a lot of the proverbial little things, like forechecking, knocking mguys off pucks and playing smart, positional hockey, which helps the Minutemen on defense.

"My point production's not what I want it to be," said Watson, who through mthe first 91 games of his career had scored only two goals and assisted on 11. "But it's good that the guys recognize what I'm contributing to the mteam.

"(The Caniff Award) was an honor, especially since it's voted on by your mpeers. I pride myself on working hard every day and being a good teammate."

And if the last name Watson sounds familiar, it should. His father Jim and his uncle Joe played 10 years in the NHL and were on the Philadelphia Flyers' Stanley Cup championship teams in 1974 and 1975. And his older brother, Chase, played for Providence.

"As long as I can remember I picked up a stick," said Watson. "My Dad always had been my coach growing up. He helped my brother and me as players and we always looked to him for advice.

"My brother and I and some friends always were outside. Dad always
encouraged us to go outside and play something."

Even though Brett Watson also played basketball and baseball and ran track, his father let his sons choose their preferred direction.

"I remember Dad saying when we were young, 'If you don't want to play hockey, it will be fine with me,'" he said. "He always encouraged us but he never put pressure on us to play. He always has been there to help and support us."

Just like Brett Watson is there to "help and support" his little brother.






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