May 11, 2012
STORRS, Conn. -
UConn men's hockey assistant coach David Berard has been selected to work the prestigious Warren Strelow National Team Goaltending Camp, which features the top goaltenders eligible for international play in select age groups. Berard just finished his first season on the UConn bench under head coach Bruce Marshall.
"He's so well respected in the game, especially for his knowledge of the position and coaching goaltenders," said UConn head coach Bruce Marshall. "He's really passionate about USA Hockey and this is something important for the program, to help mold the next generation of kids coming up. This is also a great way to spread the UConn name to show what our coaches are about and the experience the staff has."
The four-day elite camp covers the physical and mental aspects of the goaltending position, helping the future stars of USA Hockey to master the fundamentals of the position while developing a personal identity that translates into game success. The camp is led by Mike Ayers, U.S. National Team goaltending coach.
The camp is set to take place May 10-May 14 in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Berard joined the Huskies last season and helped lead the program to the AHA Quarterfinals, falling in a three-game series at eventual champion Air Force, 2-1. In Berard's first season in Storrs, the Huskies allowed nearly a goal less per game (2.69 allowed) than in 2010-11. UConn finished the year with a 16-19-4 overall record, marking the most wins since the program joined Atlantic Hockey before the 2003-04 campaign.
Connecticut ended the season ranked No. 3 in the nation on the power play with a 25.7-percent conversion rate and No. 13 on the penalty kill at 84.2-percent.
Berard helped further the development of junior goaltender Garrett Bartus, guiding the UConn netminder to his best season yet in Storrs. Bartus finished the season with a program record five shutouts while leading the nation and setting a Connecticut record with 1,179 saves. He ended the season with a 2.55 goals against average to go with a .923 save percentage. Bartus was named AHA Goaltender of the Week on four occasions.