Mike McShane has continued to amass an impressive resume at Norwich University as he concluded his 21st season in 2015-16. Under his guidance, Norwich won an unprecedented 17 straight New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) regular season titles and has made 15 NCAA Tourament appearances and 11 Frozen Four appearances.
He's led NU to three NCAA Division III national championships coming in 2000, 2003 and 2010. The Cadets have won the NEHC Tournament crown 11 times total, including three in a row from 2010-2012.
His teams at Norwich have won 20 games or more 15 times. He has also been selected as the Division II/III National "Coach of the Year" four times throughout his tenure at Norwich with the latest coming in 2010.
Four seasons ago, McShane became just the ninth coach in NCAA college hockey history to win 600 games with a 5-1 win over Southern Maine on Jan. 27, 2012. He enters the 2016-17 season with 695 career coaching victories. McShane also won his unprecedented ninth NEHC Coach of the Year honor in 2015. He also moved into seventh on the all-time NCAA career coaching victories list, passing Boston College legend Len Ceglarski.
McShane was selected as the 10th head coach of the Norwich men's ice hockey program prior to the 1995-96 season. In the 21 years since, he has posted a 451-122-33 record. He became the program's all-time winningest coach during the 2008-09 season. Under McShane's guidance, the Cadets have never posted a losing season.
A native of Wakefield, Mass., McShane graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1971 as the third-leading scorer in Wildcats' history and then he went on to earn a M.Ed. from Boston University.
McShane got his start in coaching at New Hampton (N.H.) Prep School in 1972. He led the Huskies to three Division I Prep Championships in six years and a 122-25-6 record before becoming an assistant coach at Dartmouth College in 1978. In November 2010 McShane was inducted into the New Hampton Hall of Fame.
During his two seasons at Dartmouth, the Big Green won a pair of Ivy League titles and advanced to the NCAA semifinals both years.
McShane was named the head coach at Division I St. Lawrence University in 1980, leading the Saints to a 95-65-6 record in five seasons. In just a couple of years, he turned a dismal program into a national contender. He led the Saints to an NCAA Tournament appearance in 1983.
McShane left St. Lawrence in 1985 to become the head coach at Providence College. He led Providence to NCAA playoff bids in 1989, 1991 and 1992. He was named the New England "Coach of the Year" in 1989.
He left Providence in 1994 to become a consultant for the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League before coming to Norwich.
McShane won his 400th career game as a collegiate coach on Jan. 4, 2003, when Norwich defeated Trinity, 4-1. He won his 500th career game on Feb. 16, 2007, when NU beat Bowdoin, 7-4.
In 34 years of college coaching, McShane has received 20 "Coach of the Year" awards, including earning the Edward Jeremiah Award from the American Hockey Coaches' Association in 1997, 1999, 2000 and 2010 as the College Division "Coach of the Year."
McShane was selected as the ECAC East/NESCAC "Coach of the Year" by the New England Hockey Writers in 2010, becoming the first coach to be honored as "Coach of the Year" six times by the organization.
A number of players coached by McShane at Providence have gone onto the NHL, including Tom Fitzgerald '88 (Boston Bruins), Rob Gaudreau '91 (San Jose Sharks), Craig Darby '93 (Montreal Canadiens), Chris Therein '93 (Los Angeles Kings), Joe Hulbig '96 (Boston Bruins), Hal Gill '97 (Boston Bruins), John Ferguson '89 (General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs), Chris Terreri '86 (New Jersey Devils), Tim Army (Assistant Coach Washington Capitals), Jim Hughes (Player Personnel Toronto Maple Leafs), and Ray Shero (GM Pittsburgh Penguins).
The most recognizable player McShane tutored at Norwich is Keith Aucoin '01, a two-time NCAA Division III "Player of the Year" who is currently playing for the NHL's New York Islanders. Norwich alum Kurtis McLean '05, who was a four-time NCAA All-American under McShane, is currently playing in the Switzerland Elite League after a stint with the NHL’s New York Islanders.
McShane currently resides in nearby Montpelier with his wife Shawn. He has a son, Daniel, who is a graduate of Florida International University, and a daughter, Megan, who is a graduate of Emerson College.