The Danbury Jr Hat Tricks Associate Coach Brian Allen will be manning a new bench next season. He will join the coaching staff at Worcester State University where he will serve as an assistant coach with the Lancers hockey program for first year head coach Bob Deraney, Allen has been an integral piece in the development of the NA3HL teams in Danbury since their inception in 2019. The team compiled a 47-37-1-0 during his two seasons in Danbury, but Allen’s impact far exceeded the team’s win-loss record. His passion and ability to connect with his players were huge keys to the team’s success and helped create a family atmosphere within the program.
Allen is a Brookfield, CT native whose return to Danbury Arena was a homecoming of sorts. He grew up playing and coaching with various programs at Danbury Arena before continuing his academic and athletic career at Vermont Academy and Worcester State.
Allen said, “I am so excited to be moving on to the next step in my coaching journey at Worcester State. It is a place that I hold dear to my heart having spent some memorable years playing there. This opportunity really would not have been possible without Coach Cunningham. I have grown well beyond my years as a young coach in part because of him representing what a real work ethic looks like. I am blessed to have worked with our players these past two years and to watch them grow as young men. There have been plenty of lifelong friends made the past two seasons. Thank you to Chris Buonanno, Herm Sorcher, Billy McCreary and the rest of the Danbury Arena staff for their constant support and belief in our program and me as a coach. I look forward to the continued growth of the program.”
“Coach Allen is a fantastic young coach who knows the game inside and out and has a tremendous ability to connect with his players. I have been extremely fortunate to work with him for the past years and our players have been spoiled by having an associate coach with the knowledge, passion and commitment to them that Brian has brought each and every day. He is going to be an enormous asset to the players, staff and entire hockey program at Worcester State,” commented Kevin Cunningham.