Troy Barnes Named as New Ice Hockey Coach

WATERVILLE, ME - The Thomas athletics department have announced the hiring of Troy Barnes as the new head coach for the ice hockey team for the upcoming 2014-15 season.

Troy is a graduate of the University of Maine, where he was a defenseman on the ice hockey team for four years, and was a part of two NCAA National Championship Runner-Up teams during his time as a Black Bear.

After his collegiate career, Troy played in the ECHL for the Pensacola Ice Pilots, the CHL for the Wichita Thunder and most recently in Italy for Caldaro SG, SV Kaltern, and Pergine for the last seven years.

"I am very excited to accept the job as head coach for the Thomas College hockey club. After meeting with members of the athletic department, I'm excited to see the commitment they have for the hockey program and the direction they see the program going. The players I have already met are eager for the challenge of joining the NECHA (North East Collegiate Hockey Association).         I hope to use my passion and experience of hockey to help this team achieve success in the upcoming season as well as build to the future."

Personal/Team Achievements

2001/02 – Was a National Runner-Up with the University of Maine

2001/02 – Presented with the Jack Semler Award for Most Improved Player

2003/04 – Was a National Runner-Up with the University of Maine

2004/05 – Presented with the Bruce Griggin Unsung Hero Award

2006/07 – Won the Wichita Thunder's Unsung Hero Award

2007/08 – Won the Italian A2 Championship with SV Kaltern