Jr. Comets Add Nick Therrien and Adam Dekker as Goaltending Coaches

by Michael Lehr

Utica N.Y. – Today the Utica Jr. Comets have announced the addition of Nick Therrien and Adam Dekker as goaltending coaches. Both will become instrumental in the development of Jr. Comets goalies from Mites through Junior Hockey.

Therrien and Dekker are both Utica College goalies and are currently on the UC coaching staff. Therrien was a two-time all-conference selection and led the nation in wins (18) as he guided the 2013 Pioneers to their first NCAA Division III Tournament and an appearance in the national semifinals. He compiled a career record of 46-17-3.

He has 12 years of experience coaching goaltenders including the past six years in college. Therrien's starting goaltender has been an all-conference selection and/or an All-American in each of the six years he's coached in the NCAA.

Dekker played four seasons in goal for the UC men’s hockey team (2004-2008). He holds school-records for saves in a career (2,262), saves in a game (47), saves in a season (658), shutouts (seven), wins (47) and games played (91). He was a two-time ECAC West All-Conference selection and led Utica to a then-school record 16 wins and the program’s first ECAC West Regular season title in 2005.

Dekker played on eight different professional hockey teams after graduation. He has been coaching goaltenders for 15 years including the last 8 at Utica College. In those eight seasons, Dekker's starting goaltender at UC had a save percentage above .921 each season since he was hired in 2013.