Saturday, 30 September 2017 22:08

Gendron embraced former players, but looking forward to his system in 2017

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ORONO - The past few years have been disappointing for the University of Maine men's hockey team, but they came on the heels of transition.

Former assistant coach Red Gendron returned to the school in 2013 to take the head coaching job with the program, and in the process, brought in a new regime to Orono. While the recruiting process would ultimately begin immediately, he took over groups of players that he largely did not bring to Maine on his own.

 

That's not to say they weren't embraced as his own, of course.

 

"First of all, let me say this," he said Thursday. "They're my guys. Our staff has brought them in. But at no time did we make the other players feel like they were somebody else's guys. And I think that's pretty important."

 

While several players like Devin Shore, Blaine Byron, Cam Brown and others would see individual success, the Black Bears largely struggled. But this year will mark the first where all four classes were brought to campus by Gendron and his staff, an opportunity to have their own system fully put in place. That gives Maine an opportunity to not reflect, but instead, look forward to 2017-2018.

 

"Whatever struggles we've had, I don't attribute it to players that were here in the past," Gendron said. "I attribute it to, it's my responsibility to make sure whoever's here, we play effectively."

 

The Black Bears open up the season Sunday with an exhibition against Acadia.

Jon Alba

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Jon Alba joined ABC 7 and FOX 22 in September of 2015 to serve as sports director and anchor. He is a graduate of Quinnipiac University, where he served as general manager of the school's television station Q30 Television for two years.

During his tenure, Q30 was named "College Television Station of the Year" by the College Media Association in 2014, and picked up additional national award recognition as well. Jon has been acknowledged by the Society of Professional Journalists for his commitment to sports journalism, including his investigative work while covering Quinnipiac Athletics.

Prior to moving to Maine, Jon was a lifelong resident of New Jersey. There, he formed a passion for covering sports, knowing since age 5 he wanted to tell stories for a living.

In the past, Jon has worked at MLB Network, alongside MLB Advanced Media. Additionally, his work has been featured on AOL Sports. He can be contacted at [email protected] or on Twitter @JonAlba.