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Joe Trotta joins the LMU Lions as Head Coach for the 2016-17 season. Trotta comes to the Lions with an impressive coaching career, including serving as the Video Coordinator for the NHL's Anaheim Ducks for 7 seasons, including winning the Stanley Cup. Prior to joining the Ducks, Trotta served as Head Coach of the Los Angeles Jr. Kings, an 18-and-under AAA team, for two seasons. Trotta has nearly 300 games experience as an assistant coach at the professional level with the Columbus Chill (ECHL), Indianapolis Ice (IHL and CHL) and Peoria Rivermen (ECHL). While with the Ice, he won the 1999-00 Miron Cup as CHL champions. In addition, Trotta has coached under former AHL Coaches of the Year Don Granato (Worcester) and Bruce Cassidy (Grand Rapids). In all, Trotta has accrued over 16 years of coaching experience. The Lions are thrilled to have an accomplished and talented coach come on board, and are looking forward to a great 2016-17 season!
The team gathered this past Friday to celebrate the completion of another season and to celebrate the 4 graduating seniors. The annual 6 awards were also handed out, along with the continuation of the newest tradition, a roasting of the team. This year's roast master was freshman goalie Will Sitzman, who had the room laughing the whole time. The "Most Improved" award, as voted by the team, went to the rookie Kevin Paynter, who ended up playing a vital role in the team. The coaches award was given to junior defenseman Evan Ng. The "Squid of the Year" award, given to the favorite rookie on the team, went to freshman James Andrews. The "Big Tip Award," given to the player who exemplifies the LMU values on and off the ice, as chosen by the team facility advisor Al Tipon, went to graduate student Keith Lawton. The Most Valuable Player award, as voted by the team, went to Trevor Tracy. Tracy finished the regular season as the leading scorer in the nation, and put up the most goals in a single season all time for the Lions with 40. The "Old Man Miller" award, named after Chris Miller who worked tirelessly to start the team in 2006, went to team president and captain, Kyle Martins. The award is given to the person most valuable to the success of the team on and off the ice. A great night had by all, with lots of talk about next season. A schedule should be announced shortly for the 2016-17 season.
It was an up and down season for the Lions, who finished with a 11-16-2 record. The Lions would have shining moments throughout the year, but playing with a short bench hampered their efforts throughout the campaign. The Lions won their home opener and home finale in exciting contests in front of packed home crowds, beating USC in the final 10 seconds of their home opener. The Lions also beat Chapman and UCLA on way to the Kings Cup Championship game, which they would lose to CSUN. The second semester saw an initial jump in outcomes, as the Lions added a few new players to the fold. But injuries derailed those efforts as the team lost 3 players to season ending injuries. Freshman James Andrews notched the single season record for most penalty minutes for the Lions with 95. Seniors Trevor Tracy and Kyle Martins both carried the team in scoring, as Tracy led the entire nation in scoring after the final week of the regular season, with Martins in 6th. Martins graduates as the all time leader in assists, and second all time in scoring. Tracy will graduate as the all time points per game scorer for the Lions. The team will graduate 4 players, and look to get the program back into the rankings and headed back to regionals next season.
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