A former Lake Superior State University Lakers goalie has joined the Army.
The Division 1, National Collegiate Athletic Association hockey Army, that is.
Army head coach Brian Riley has appointed LSSU grad Brian Mahoney-Wilson as the Black Knights full-time volunteer assistant goalie coach.
Mahoney-Wilson, who tended goal for the Lakers from 2007 until 2011, heads to West Point after having spent the 2013-2014 season as the goalie coach for under-18 teams teams within the United States Premier Hockey League.
“The addition of a full-time volunteer assistant coach who can concentrate fully on developing our goalies will be a tremendous asset to this program,” Riley said. “Brian is an outstanding young man who has proven himself as a player and a coach. He will be a great role model for our cadet-athletes — and his presence will help us greatly.”
Mahoney-Wilson is honoured to be an Army man.
“I would like to thank coach Riley and (assistant) coach (Eric) Lang for presenting me with this amazing opportunity,” Mahoney-Wilson said.
“It will be an honour every day to step foot on the grounds of West Point and to witness the development of America’s heroes,” added Mahoney-Wilson. “I’m looking forward to the privilege of working with three goaltenders, all of whom will push each other each day to bring Army hockey back to the top of the Atlantic Hockey Association.”
Mahoney-Wilson lettered four years at Lake Superior State, helping the Lakers to four Central Collegiate Hockey Association tournament appearances. He currently stands fifth on LSSU’s career saves list with 2,355 and is 10th in career wins with 26.
Mahoney-Wilson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from LSSU.