STORRS, Conn. – UConn head men’s hockey coach Mike Cavanaugh has announced that Brendan Buckley has joined the Husky hockey program as an assistant coach. Buckley will begin his coaching career after a successful 12-year professional playing career.
“We are very excited to have Brendan joining our staff,” commented Cavanaugh. “I had the opportunity to coach him for four years in college. Through his extensive collegiate and pro experience, he clearly has the leadership skills we are looking for to help build this program into a Hockey East champion.”
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.
After retiring in 2011, Buckley joined Buckley Sports Management where he served as Vice President and Director of Recruiting. He has also served as the Tier 1 Commissioner and Tournament Director for the Eastern Hockey Federation in Boston since 2012.
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.