It’s been an eventful season for hockey coaches and players at the University of Massachusetts. Amid the comings and goings, the biggest news came last Friday morning when the school announced that Greg Carville, who coached the Minutemen in the school’s first-ever NCAA hockey tournament, had agreed to a new contract.
It is a five-year renewable contract. Financial terms were not disclosed.
“We are very pleased to be growing our investment in Greg Carvel and the National Championship Hockey Program he has established at Amherst,” UMass Athletics Director Ryan Bamford said in a statement. “Coach Carvel’s outstanding leadership has delivered outstanding results in the classroom, in competition and in the community. This new decade underscores our strong commitment to keeping Greg and his family in maroon and white for years to come. Under Greg’s continued responsibility, we believe that the nationally acclaimed program will remain an important point of pride On campus and around the Commonwealth.”
The new contract runs from April 11, 2021 until April 10, 2026, and will have an additional year added on April 11 each year. The deal also includes a significantly increased annual compensation package, salary increases based on team performance, new or increased academic and competitive bonuses, and a new supplemental retirement contribution plan.
According to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Database of State Employees, in 2020, Carvel earned $376,795.
“I take great pride in our hockey team’s accomplishments over the past five years, and look forward to continually advancing our program over the course of this decade. I came to UMass because I believed that leadership and resources were in place to consistently achieve national success. UMass has been a great fit for me and my family is passionate Because this contract will allow us to call Amherst our home for many years to come.”
The Minutemen were 20-5-4 in the 2020-21 season. They won their first Eastern Hockey Championship title, defeating UMass Lowell 1–0. At the NCAA Bridgeport Regional, the Minutemen dropped Lake Superior State 5-1 and Bemidji State 4-0 to reach the Frozen Four in Pittsburgh. There, UMass beat Minnesota Duluth 3-2, over a Jarrett Witt goal in 14 minutes, 30 seconds into the first overtime period. In the championship match, UMass passed St. Cloud State 5-0 to take the NCAA title.
There will be a modification to the UMass seat as well. Assistant coach Ben Barr left Amherst to become the head coach of eastern hockey rival Maine. So Matt Lindsey, a former Williams College player, will come to UMass to replace Barr.
Lindsey graduated from Williams in 2001 and was an assistant coach at Division III Hobart and Utica before moving to Division I at Robert Morris, Princeton and Penn State. He arrives at Amherst from his tenure with the Nittany Lions.
“He has a proven track record of impressive recruiting that has resulted in championship-level teams at Penn State and Princeton,” Carvel said in a statement announcing Lindsay’s appointment. “Matt brings with him a wealth of knowledge and professionalism to UMass and is known as one of the most serious recruits on the circuit.”
On the ice, the biggest news is that goalkeeper Matt Murray has opted for a comeback while Philip Lindberg, who backed the Minutemen for the NCAA title, opted to turn professional. Not only that, but Lindberg, a seventh-round pick from Minnesota Wild in 2019, will likely test the waters of the free-worker on July 28.
Minutemen has two alumni transfers playing this fall in forwards Cam Donaldson of Cornell and Matt Baker of Dartmouth. Also transferring to the University of Denver, Slava Demin is a Chicago Blackhawks advocate. The fourth new Minuteman is striker Eric Dobellaard, who arrived from the Brantford 99s, a Junior A team in the Ontario Hockey League.
And UMass officially announced this week that the younger brother of UMass Award winner Hobey Baker Cale Makar will be coming to play with Carvel in Amherst. Taylor Makar, a 6-foot-3 striker, will be on campus in the fall. Taylor Makar left shot.
“We are excited to continue our relationship with the Makar family,” Carvel said in a statement. “Taylor is a very powerful striker who can play on the wing or in the middle. He skates very well for a top player and has a great skill to go along with his ability to move. Taylor played junior hockey last year for the Brooks Bandits. His style of play fits perfectly with our team identity. So is his size and level of competition.”
Makar played 104 games over four seasons for the Alberta Junior hockey team, with a total of 61 points from 17 goals and 44 assists. As the leader of the bandits in 2020-21, the Calgary, Alberta native scored 19 points (5 goals, 14 assists) in 16 competitions and earned 63 penalty minutes.