On Monday August 12tat the Danbury Arena, Danbury Colonials Managing Partner, Colton Orr & General Manager, Rob Sutherland announced they have named two assistant coaches to join Head Coach Kevin Cunningham for their inaugural season in the NA3HL. With unique backgrounds spanning from the junior to professional levels, they are poised to make Danbury the premier destination for junior aged players looking for the right tools to play hockey at the next level.
Orr commented, “We are very excited by the mix of individuals we have in here to lead our team. It’s great blend of philosophies and it will translate to pushing our players to their maximum levels of potential.” Sutherland added, “To fill our room with so much knowledge and experience gives our team on the ice a great chance to be successful. We put a blueprint on the board and said what can we do to make this a premier destination – we are on our way.”
Brian Allen, a Brookfield, Connecticut native, joins the organization after playing much of his career in the Danbury Arena. Brian played prep school hockey Vermont Academy and played Junior Hockey for the Hartford Junior Wolfpack & New Jersey Rockets of the Eastern Hockey League. Following his junior career, Brian attended and played varsity hockey at Worcester State University. During his senior season, Brian also served as the team’s Assistant Coach. Cunningham commented, “Coach Allen will be an invaluable resource for our program. I am impressed with his knowledge, energy, and passion for the game. He will be a huge asset throughout the season both on and off the ice.”
A familiar face in hockey around Connecticut, “Super Joe” Dabkowski joins the Colonials after a season as an Assistant Coach with Colonials' Head Coach Kevin Cunningham and the Connecticut Chiefs of the EHL. A skilled centerman, Dabkowski played four seasons for Central Connecticut in college, amassing 220 points in 113 games. As a senior, he led his team in points, averaging over 2 points a game en route to an appearance in the Division II National Championship game. Dabkowski is no stranger to the Danbury Arena, beginning his professional career with the Danbury Whalers in their first two seasons where he earned the “Super Joe” moniker for his contributions to the organization both on and off the ice.
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