On Friday, October 31, 2014, William Smith College (Geneva, NY) will play their first varsity women’s hockey game in their inaugural season in the NCAA – Division III Women’s Hockey. The head coach for William Smith is Jaime Totten. Jaime was born and raised in Buffalo, NY. She graduated from Northeastern University in 2000. William Smith College will be traveling to Boston, MA for their 1st game to play UMass – Boston. The head coach for UMass – Boston is Colleen Harris. Colleen is a Buffalo, NY native as well. Colleen graduated from Boston College in 2009.
While both head coaches played their collegiate hockey in Boston for strong Division I programs, Jaime and Colleen have another common bond. Before their college hockey careers, both Jaime and Colleen played with the girls program at the Buffalo Bison Hockey Association for many seasons.
Their dedication to the sport allowed them to excel at Girls Level of New State Hockey (numerous New York State Championships between them) and at the National Level of USA Hockey, again with frequent and strong performance at the USA Hockey National Championships. Jaime and Colleen both became captains of their respective college teams.
We are proud of the accomplishments Jaime and Colleen have earned through their playing and coaching careers and wish them well as they continue contributing to the great sport of hockey.
For more information on Jaime and Colleen please read the Fall 2014 Edition of Bison Game Day.
Starting Monday April 7th we embark on a new chapter for Bison Hockey. We are going to intensify our commitment to skill development. We are going to provide more assistance to our coaches. We are going to design our teaching to be more age appropriate and tailored to the particular skill levels of our players at each age increment.
The hiring of Shelley Looney as Hockey Director is a pivotal step in the new direction we are taking. Shelley will be on the ice all week during our Spring Tryouts. Shelley is excited to get going and meet the players in our program
We want to encourage every player to introduce themselves to Shelley when they step on the ice for tryouts.
In the coming months, as we prepare for next season Shelley will be busy developing our curriculum, at each age level. Shelley and all of our volunteer coaches will work closely to coordinate the integration of skills into all team practices. Along with our coaches, Bison Hockey will also be sure to educate our players and parents on the upcoming season. We intend to be very clear in communicating our expectations for everyone involved in our program next season.
Enrollments at Bison Hockey today exceed 400 players, ranging from ages 3-18. That represents a wide range of player needs & capacity. Our goal is to help develop our players so they can increase their skating skills and begin to enjoy the great game of hockey as they become stronger and more capable on the ice.
See you at the rink.