The Preview: Danville Dashers
The Preview series features a look at all 6 teams in the FHL for the 2015-16 season, with a new team being highlighted daily, leading all the way up until the start of the regular season on Friday, November 6th. The Preview will go in-depth into each FHL team, including taking a look at their roster and their strengths as a team. It will also take a look back on last season and how each team fared and what they accomplished.
Head Coach: Steve Harrison (2nd Year)
2014-15 Record: 31-20-5 (3rd)
2014-15 Leading Scorer: Gehrett Sargis (61 points)
2015 Playoffs: Lost in Finals
First Regular Season Game: Friday, November 6th vs. Berlin River Drivers
Home Opener: Friday, November 6th vs. Berlin River Drivers
Just one win away from capturing the Commissioners Cup, the Danville Dashers had a franchise best season in 2014-15 finishing third in the regular season standings before entering the playoffs against the Danbury Whalers.
Starting off the season 0-5, the Danville Dashers went through the first two months of the season finishing 5-12. On January 18th the Dashers would come alive as they recorded an eleven game winning streak until a loss on February 15th to the Berkshire Battalion.
Behind the bench for his second season is Steve Harrison. Harrison boasts a successful first season, moving the Dashers from the basement of the FHL to Game 5 of the FHL's Commissioner's Cup finals against the Watertown Wolves. Finishing strong with a 31-20-5 record, the Dashers set a new best for themselves, a winning feat that Coach Harrison hopes to continue through next season.
For Harrison, when asked what he is looking forward to most in his return, had this to say: "I'm looking forward to continuing the success and momentum from last season. I hope we can be better tomorrow then we were today." Coach will start his off-season player recruiting by finalizing a 12 player protected list, due to the league on May 1st. Tough decisions will have to be made to narrow a list from his full 19 man roster down to 12. "It is tough to cut down like this after a good season. They're all great players. Right away, you have to take off guys that might be not returning because of retirement or other job opportunities. After that I will be focusing on next year's team and start filling holes," explained Harrison.
Joining Coach Harrison on the bench will be Commissioners Cup Champion Head Coach Brent Clarke who will serve as the Dashers Player/Assistant Coach. "Brent brings a lot of experience at this level that will greatly help relate to our players," Head Coach Steve Harrison said. "He's very educated with a high level of hockey intelligence and a strong desire to teach and learn the game beyond his playing career. He is also a keen offensive mind and a great leader. Fans are going to love him"
Clarke will enter his second season in a coaching position after capturing the Commissioner's Cup this past April. As a professional, he spent time in the International Hockey League (IHL), SPHL, ECHL and Central Hockey League, with more than 360 regular-season games to his credit.
"I'm excited to come to Danville, compete for a championship and work with Harry. I've been here before as an opponent, and I liked it then, so now I'm happy to call Danville home and get to work helping the Dashers get to the next level," Clarke says.
The Dashers will rely on a number of returning players this season including starting netminder Matt Anthony. Anthony 31, returns to the Danville Dashers after having played one of his best seasons with the team last year. Last season the 5-foot-9, Ontario native recorded a 21-16-4 record in 42 games and registered a 3.57 goals-against-average (GAA) and a 0.897 save percentage.
"The entire Danville Dashers organization is happy Matt is coming back" stated Dashers Head Coach Steve Harrison. "He was a huge part of our success last year not just on ice but off, with his professionalism that he brought everyday and I know this rubbed off on players on how to do things right which just added to his great year in goal. I have no doubt matt will be that solid goalie that every team needs and the great fans we have will appreciate his talents."
Also returning this season is Andrew Harrison (70 points), Justin Levac (49 points) , AJ Tesoriero (54 points), Justin Brausen (53 points) and Brady Denney (26 points).
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