Assistant Coach Brendan Buckley returns to head coach Mike Cavanaugh’s staff for his third season in 2017-18. Buckley began his coaching career after a successful 12-year professional playing career. He will focus on recruiting and coaching the Husky defensemen on the ice.
Buckley enjoyed a 12-year professional playing career that spanned over 550 games in the American Hockey League (AHL) and in Europe. A tremendous leader on and off the ice, Buckley served as a captain or assistant captain for four different organizations. He spent four seasons with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and was named the 2003 Defenseman of the Year.
A native of Needham, Mass., Buckley played his college hockey at Boston College where he came in as part of the first class recruited by Jerry York and his staff that included Coach Cavanaugh. He was named assistant captain in 1998 and donned the “C” for the Eagles in 1999, helping to lead the team to back-to-back Hockey East titles and Frozen Four appearances. After his freshman season, Buckley was taken by the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft.
He graduated from BC’s Carroll School of Management in 1999.