After any other disappointing season for the University of Maine men’s hockey team, failing to attain the Hockey East semifinals for the 7th 12 months in a row, many enthusiasts are looking for someone accountable.
Head teach Red Gendron is one such target. Gendron lately finished his sixth season in Orono and has compiled a lackluster 82-115-25 file (zero.426), along with a 4-12 mark in league playoff video games.
Gendron and athletic director Ken Ralph also point to growing old facilities, low education salaries, and trouble in convincing gamers to play in Orono as motives why the program has suffered.
Bangor Daily News readers also had their own opinions about the hockey application, its training team of workers, and extra. Here are a number of the top feedback left with the aid of our readers, edited lightly for readability.
@uncle_clifford, thru Disqus: Oh in which to start. BC, BU, NU, PC, UMass, and UML all have better packages and centers. Add to that, the area: who desires to live and play for a mediocre teach on a distant campus that has little to offer in the off season? The glory years for Maine hockey are long past, and until they want to remain inappropriate, they need to adapt and prevent making excuses for his or her horrific choices. Sure, enhance Alfond however especially start the quest now for a brand new train with fresh thoughts and no longer be complacent with the career assistant you currently have. He’s had greater than sufficient time.
@billy G, through Disqus: Having examined the tale, it is apparent Red is here 2 greater years. This was the 12 months of expectations that did no longer materialize. The year that most of the scorers did not equal the preceding year’s output. Failed inside the first round of Hockey East playoffs. Failed to make the NCAA event once more. These were all reasonable expectancies for this team, and no longer one got here to bypass. I think a telling point came within the very last game in the Hockey East playoffs. Maine turned into in the back of 2-1 and going on the power play with 5 min final. This was a win or go domestic sport and a vital factor in the sport. It is unbelievable that the goaltender turned into not pulled for the extra skater, but that did now not manifest. It surely looked as although the sport had been conceded at that factor. This changed into purely a training decision, an opportunity lost, and in the end a season-finishing decision. The strength play failed once more and the sport, and season, have been lost. BU and BC had mediocre seasons, but both have been greater successful inside the HE match then Maine. BC eliminated 2 a lot better teams and played for the championship. BU advanced to the second one round and lost a close game to the eventual champ. These teams advanced because of training not because of better personnel. In reality you could argue Maine had better employees. You can blame centers all you want, triumphing is what is going to carry better recruits no longer new/rehabbed centers. Coaching is the key element in triumphing!!
Zach Woodward, via Facebook: Lower price tag prices, fill the Alfond once more — so that it will assist recruiting. He’s now not working with the gamers that previous coaches had. The accurate old days are long gone, no Walsh/Standbrook to draw the quality expertise. But we do have Alfond, which was part of the enchantment when it turned into a full residence. What pinnacle-quit expertise is going to commit to UMO and an empty rink while there are vastly greater attractive alternatives in Massachusetts?
@BlackBearNutCase, thru Disqus: You want an Amy Vachon-kind educate. Younger with new ideas … more relatable to the more youthful athlete and guess what? She’s triumphing.
Also, the athletic department appears to break out grievance? You had a series of mediocre ADs and made an address Learfield that I query is it the Learfield Blackbeard now not UMaine BB. And we don’t have the presence of a number of the donors and door infantrymen … they have been around at some point of the prevailing years of hockey software that took a massive obligation to sell all [of Maine] and athletics. As an example you knew the head instruct become for hockey however you furthermore may knew who became the AD. The university itself has driven away some of the longtime, powerful, boosters who gave basically gave all their free time to the UMaine sports whether or not it be football, hockey, basketball, and so forth. And Walsh knew a way to exploit that as he turned into a frontrunner of leaders. The athletic branch is in the silo inside a cocoon of the University of Maine administration. I significantly doubt at this factor that the Chancellor right down to the president of the campus right here in Orono truly care [whether] the Athletics be successful or now not. So there’s been for numerous years an ack of leadership both at the campus stage, to the president, at the Chancellor’s level for the machine, and on the ADs degree AND numerous of the nicely healed, big-time donors just like the Alfond to Mahaney’s are no longer with us anymore.
Have no solutions but smooth residence.
@somewhrinmaine, thru Disqus: So now it’s miles the infrastructure that made the team do poorly. What excuse will they arrive up with next? Face it, you have got not anything to provide the expertise that is obtainable. Time to close the program down and put the cash in the direction of schooling.
@Norc1954, through Disqus: You get what you pay for. It is embarrassing that Maine pays its coaches so little, but what do you count on from a state this is last in what it pays its governor and close to the bottom for judges?
And you do want the “wow” component for brand new recruits. Better centers might assist. And can’t do an awful lot approximately the location and climate, though Bangor compares favorably with places like Grand Forks, North Dakota.
What approximately flying in Paul Kariya, Garth Snow and others to meet with recruits? Anyway, this text and the comments underneath it’ll do not anything to help the situation. All a rookie desires to do is Google this and sayonara.
@jtsailjt, in response to @Norc1954’s remark above, through Disqus: A earnings of over $two hundred,000 provides a totally comfortable lifestyle within the Bangor area. It’s higher than maximum attorneys, or widespread practice doctors make around right here. For that same profits, we ought to have had Montgomery, and he became a splendid university hockey educate, so I don’t agree that lack of benefits is the purpose of our subpar coaching.
Better locker rooms and weight room would possibly assist entice a few recruits but so might a loud and packed Alfond.
I’m no longer confident that Kariya and Snow or any of the extraordinary alums from that era would make a significant influence on recruits. Those names suggest something to us vintage enthusiasts but these days’ recruits weren’t even vintage sufficient to watch hockey while those players had been within the headlines.
We just want to rent a younger, lively, charismatic educate with connections to young players. In interviews, Red regularly sounds like he might have dozed off in mid-sentence. Our hockey program desires a boost of power and Red sincerely doesn’t have any to spare.
Paige Fournier, through Facebook: It’s not Red’s or every other teachers’ fault. The players ought to be more aggressive on the subject of [playing] with the toughest teams in the college league. That being said, look on the bright side. We defeated Massachusetts for as soon as.
UMaine will go to the Frozen Four once more, just must get the gamers to assist the team in getting there.
@McPeter, thru Disqus: I suspect if Red isn’t successful next 12 months with at least a look in Boston for the Hockey East semis, then he’ll probably be bought out of his very last yr. I trust the earlier poster that they need a younger magnetic head to teach. Former UMaine player Kevin Swallow who has accomplished a high activity as head trainer at D-three Univ. Of New England comes to thoughts.
I become on the Regional in Providence this past weekend, and it just isn’t the identical without UMaine or even UNH involved. I attended the pregame Friars celebration on the Union Station Brewery on Saturday. If UMaine turned into in the Regional the crowd at Union Station could be twice the amount that the Friars fanatics delivered. How I pass over those days!
@Steven Chaff, through Disqus: Facts. UMaine admin. Should be ashamed.
Shawn Walsh 399-215-forty four
Tim Whitehead 250-171-fifty four
Red Gendron 82–a hundred and fifteen–25