Men's Hockey: Mattson earns prestigious Terry Flanagan Award from AHCA

Men's Hockey: Mattson earns prestigious Terry Flanagan Award from AHCA

NORTHFIELD, Vt. -Norwich University assistant men's hockey coach Steve Mattson has earned the 2014 Terry Flanagan Award, according to an announcement made by the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) today.

The Flanagan Award is named in honor of the former New Hampshire player and Bowling Green assistant coach and has been given annually since 1997 to honor an assistant coaches' career body of work. Mattson is just the second Division III coach to win the award in the 18-year history with the rest being Division I assistants.

Mattson will be presented with the award at the 2014 AHCA Convention in Naples, Florida, in early May.

In Mattson's 14 years at Norwich University, the Cadets have won 13 straight ECAC regular season titles, eight ECAC East tournament titles, made eight trips to the NCAA Final Four and won two NCAA National Championships. He has been involved in the recruitment of two NHL'ers in Keith Aucoin and Kurtis McLean along with 24 All-Americans, two Sid Watson (National Player of the Year) recipients and two Joe Concannon (Best American-born D-II/III player in New England) recipients.

Norwich has also had an unprecedented four straight NCAA Elite 89 award winners, which is an award given annually to the individual who has the highest cumulative GPA at the NCAA Division III Frozen Four.

Among his many duties, Steve assists head coach Mike McShane in game plan and practice preparation, while also serving as the lead recruiter. He spends considerable time on the road watching perspective student-athletes throughout the United States and Canada.

Off the ice, Steve is the founder of the G.O.A.L.S. (Gain Opportunities Apply Learning Skills) program. The program partners Norwich players with young Vermont students to learn how to achieve goals. In 2005, Norwich was awarded the Josten's Award of Merit, in recognition of the outstanding community service project performed by the institutions student athletes.

A native of Weston, Massachusetts, he graduated from Norwich University in 1977 after transferring from the United States Military Academy at West Point. He holds a Masters of Education from St. Michael's College where his coaching career began as an assistant in 1993.    

1997: Terry Flanagan, Bowling Green

2006: Bill Powers -  Michigan
1998: Bob Saunders - Holy Cross, RPI, UMB, NU 2007: David Lassonde - Wisconsin, Miami, UNH
1999: Glenn Kulyk - Minnesota-Duluth 2008: David Peters - Dartmouth
2000: Mel Pearson - Michigan 2009: Steve Miller - Denver
2001: Brian Durocher - Brown, Colgate, BU 2010: Andy Slaggert - Notre Dame
2002: Kevin Houle - Plattsburgh 2011: Brian Hills - RIT
2003: Stu Irving - Merrimack 2012: Drew Famulak - Ferris State
2004: Tom Newton, Western Michigan, MSU 2013: Mike Cavanaugh - Boston College
2005: Grant Standbrook, Wisconsin, Maine 2014: Steve Mattson - Norwich