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Brandon Naurato named interim ice hockey head coach

Brandon Naurato named interim ice hockey head coach

07/08/2022 15:02:00

// Kurt Svoboda

ANN ARBOUR, Mich.Warde ManuelUniversity of Michigan athletic director Donald R. Shepherd announced Sunday, August 7 that Brandon Naturato will be Michigan’s interim head coach for ice hockey for the 2022-23 season.

“We are lucky to have someone Brandon The caliber of Naurato to lead our ice hockey team for the year ahead,” said Manuel. “I have had conversations with many people who care deeply about this program and appreciate the insights they have shared. Brandon will do a great job leading the program, and I look forward to our student-athletes and staff benefiting from his leadership. »

“I am honored to lead my alma mater and will give my all to what is college hockey’s most prestigious program,” Naurato said. “I want to thank Keep Manuel and our student-athletes for their confidence and we look forward to working in a positive way with our talented team of coaches and support.”

A native of Livonia, Michigan, Naurato recently completed his first season on the UM bench after three years with the Detroit Red Wings organization, where he served as a player development consultant. In this role, he worked with the Red Wings and Grand Rapids Griffins coaching staffs to integrate individual player skills into the organizational structure.

In addition to directing all prospect development for Detroit during the summer months, Naurato has worked independently with junior, college and professional players in its development program, focusing on blending technical, tactical and transferable. He also spent seven years as the owner and director of Total Package Hockey in Detroit, where he launched the first online hockey academy in the United States.

Notable NHL players who have worked with Naurato include Zach Werenski, Quinn Hughes, Dylan Larkin, Jacob Trouba, Jack Hughes, Kyle Connor, JT Compher and Andrew Copp.

Naurato played four years at Michigan, from 2006 to 2009, making the NCAA Tournament every four years. In 130 career games, he scored 32 goals and registered 32 assists. He helped the Wolverines to the CCHA Championship in 2008, which led to an appearance on Frozen Four. He played four years in the pros, making stops in Stockton (ECHL), Toledo (ECHL), Port Huron (IHL), Fort Wayne (CHL) and Dayton (CHL).

Michigan’s season begins Oct. 1 with an exhibition game against Windsor (time TBD) before the regular season begins Oct. 7-8 with a home series against Lindenwood.

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