34-Game Slate for Hockey East Runners-Up.
Three Forwards, Two Goalies and One Defender.
Joins the UConn Program After Two Seasons at Brown.
Colangelo and Lindblad to Serve as Alternate Captains.
Third DPOW for Belanger, Fourth ROTW for Snodgrass.
Chris MacKenzie completed his fifth season in charge of the UConn women's ice hockey program in 2017-18. He was named the second head coach in Husky program history in May of 2013. A veteran of the collegiate coaching ranks, MacKenzie has experience in both the women's and men's sides of the sport.
In the 2017-18 season, MacKenzie led UConn to the most improbable postseason run in program history, taking a team that sat in last place in Hockey East on Jan. 26 all the way to the league championship game on March 4 at Matthews Arena. The Huskies upset No. 3 Boston College in the WHEA semifinals on March 3, finishing the season at 16-14-9 with a 2-1 loss to Northeastern in the title game.
Senior goalie Annie Belanger was named WHEA Goaltender of the Year under MacKenzie, while Leah Lum won the Sportsmanship Award, Briana Colangelo the Best Defense Forward honor and Natalie Snodgrass a place on the Pro Ambitions All-Rookie Team. UConn won six games against nationally-ranked opponents throughout the season.
MacKenzie helped the Huskies to their first winning record since 2009-10 and a second-straight WHEA postseason appearance in the 2015-16 season. UConn finished fourth in the league after the regular season and earned hosting rights for the WHEA quarterfinals. The Huskies capped off their 2015-16 season in the Hockey East semifinals where they fell for the second consecutive year to conference front-runner Boston College.
The team boasted an All-American in the 2015-16 season when Elaine Chuli earned All-America Second Team honors. An impressive 11 players were named to the Hockey East All-Academic Team for the second-consecutive season.
A 2015 Hockey East Coach of the Year finalist, MacKenzie guided UConn to its most successful season on the ice in five years during his second season as the Huskies advanced to the 2015 Hockey East Tournament Semifinals for the first time since 2010. Overall, the Huskies posted an 11-18-8 record in '14-15, shaving six losses from the year prior. UConn won a WHEA Championship quarterfinal series at Maine, sweeping two from the Black Bears to advance to the semifinals.
During MacKenzie's inaugural season in Storrs in 2013-14, the Huskies posted a six-win improvement from the prior year, the third-best mark in the NCAA. The team also excelled in the classroom during his first season, with UConn placing 12 student-athletes on the Women's Hockey East All-Academic Team.
For the 2012-13 season, MacKenzie served as an assistant women's coach at Ohio State. The Buckeyes posted a 19-15-3 and fourth place finish in the WCHA. The 19 wins marked the second-best win total in program history and the team reached as high as number six in the USCHO poll; the highest in program history.
Prior to joining the Ohio State staff, MacKenzie spent a two-year stint as the head coach for his alma mater at Niagara University, a year before the program was discontinued by the university. In two seasons, the Purple Eagles registered a 24-31-10 record, including two second place finishes in the CHA.
MacKenzie coached on the Division I men's side for his first eight seasons at UMass-Lowell. During those eight seasons, the Riverhawks experienced three 20-win seasons and were the Hockey East Tournament runner ups in 2009.
As a player and 2000 graduate at Niagara, MacKenzie served as a team captain for all four seasons upon the program's inception in 1996. As a senior, he helped the Purple Eagles to a CHA Regular Season and Tournament Championship as well as an appearance in the NCAA Quarterfinals.
As a freshman, MacKenzie was honored by then-head coach Blaise MacDonald and then-assistant coach Dave Burkholder as the program's first captain. He currently holds several records at Niagara, including most goals, assists and points in a career and season by a defenseman. MacKenzie received Player of the Year honor in 1998 and was a CHA All-Star 2000.
MacKenzie earned his bachelor's of arts in Commerce from Niagara in 2000, graduating Cum Laude, and earned a master's of arts in psychology from UMass-Lowell in 2003.
MacKenzie and his wife Allison have a daughter, Morgan, and a son, Ren.
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