Kevin Gee – Head Coach
Head Coach Kevin Gee enters his 17th season coaching and his third behind the Eagles bench.
Named the 2008-2009 Michigan Collegiate Hockey Conference coach of the year while at Lawrence Technological University, Gee spent the 2009-2010 season behind the bench for the Detroit Belle Tire Midget Major AAA team. The club’s 61-10-3 overall record earned them a Michigan state championship, a Tier I U-18 league championship, and a berth at the National Championships.
During three seasons in the ACHA at LTU, the Blue Devils experienced the most successful run in school history including advancing twice to the regional semi-final and boasting several garnering All-American and Academic All-American honors. Gee spent five seasons with Detroit Victory Honda Midget Major AAA where his team earned a state championship in 2005, and made finals appearances in 2004 and 2006.
Gee has coached over 50 players that have gone on to NCAA, Major Junior, and professional hockey. Of these players, seven became NHL draft picks, including 1st round selections Chris Summers (Phoenix Coyotes – 2005) and Ian Cole (St. Lous – 2006). In addition to his duties at EMU, Coach Gee is a graduate of Lawrence Technological University and works as a scout for the Sioux Falls Stampede of the United States Hockey League.
Rob Hodnicki – Assistant Coach
Hodnicki joins Coach Gee’s staff for his third year following a four-year playing career in the NCAA that included a stop at Utica College before settling at top-ranked Adrian College where he was a three-time MCHA champion and member of the Academic All-American team.
Hodnicki brings a passion for the game and a defensive perspective to the team; he will be a great resource for Eagles players on the bench and in the dressing room. A standout defenseman for the Jr. A Soo Indians of the NAHL, Hodnicki played his Midget Major season for Coach Gee in 2002-2003.
Hodnicki graduated from Adrian College with a degree in marketing and currently resides in Allen Park, Mich.
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Ryan Connolly – Associate Coach / Assistant GM
Ryan joins Coach Gee’s staff for a third season as Associate Coach / Assistant GM. He will be responsible for the Eagles’ off-ice program, Alumni relations, as well as working with new recruits on campus.
Ryan is well respected by the Eagles team and is a vital link between coaches and players. Coach Connolly was a three-year captain of the EMU hockey team and continues to give back to his alma mater.
Prior to his five seasons at Eastern, Connolly played for the Tier III Junior A Toledo Cherokee.
A graduate of Eastern Michigan University, Connolly currently resides in Gibraltar, Mich.
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Matt Beck – Assistant Coach
Beck joins the Eagles staff for a third season to work primarily with EMU’s special teams. A former conference MVP and All-Conference goalie at Lawrence Tech, Beck brings a wealth of knowledge to the staff.
Prior to his college career, Beck tended goal for the Tier III Junior A Toledo Cherokee and Brownstown Bombers. Beck also works as a private goaltending instructor for many Detroit-area youth, as well as with the Detroit Honeybaked AAA Hockey Club.
Beck graduated from LTU with a degree in Electrical Engineering and currently resides in Dearborn, Mich.