PLYMOUTH, Mich. – Quinnipiac men’s ice hockey head coach Rand Pecknold wrapped up action at the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp on Monday, Aug. 1.
The camp, which was held from July 24 – August 3 at the USA Hockey Arena in Michigan, will be used as an evaluation for the 2023 US National Junior Team ahead of the 2023 IIHF World Junior Championship. The final roster for the team will be named sometime in December of 2022.
Pecknold will serve as head coach of the 2023 US National Junior Team, which will compete in the 2023 IIHF World Junior Championship in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Moncton, New Brunswick from Dec. 26, 2022 – Jan. 5, 2023.
— Quinnipiac Men’s Ice Hockey (@QU_MIH) July 27, 2022
Two other members of the Quinnipiac staff joined Pecknold, as Director of Operations Shawn Roche and Head Equipment Manager Rob Kennedy both attended the camp for USA Hockey. Incoming Quinnipiac student-athlete Sam Lipkin participated for the 2023 squad, as well.
Incoming first-year forward Sam Lipkin is also at USA #WorldJuniors evaluation camp in Michigan. 🇺🇸
↓ @sam_lipkin3 during today’s scrimmage ↓
— Quinnipiac Men’s Ice Hockey (@QU_MIH) July 31, 2022
A couple skates down for the 2023 group at #NJEC.
Hear from the head coach Rand Pecknold on what he’s seen so far at camp! pic.twitter.com/rDUNdIuLWM
— USA Hockey (@usahockey) July 25, 2022
Rand Pecknold recently finished his 28th season as head coach of the Quinnipiac University men’s ice hockey program and guided his team to a 32-7-3 overall record in 2021-22, the school’s eighth NCAA tournament appearance and its sixth ECAC Hockey regular-season title. Pecknold, who was the Spencer Penrose Award recipient as the top coach in NCAA Division I men’s ice hockey in 2016, has a record of 581-333-100 and ranks third among active NCAA Division I coaches in career victories.
He has twice been part of US coaching staffs, including for the US Men’s National Team that competed in the 2017 IIHF Men’s World Championship and for the US Under-18 Men’s National Team that earned a silver medal in the 2018 IIHF U18 Men’s World Championship.
Pecknold began his storied career at Quinnipiac in 1994-95 when the team competed at the Division II level. He shepherded the school into its Division I era in 1998-99, leading the Bobcats to a then school-record 26 victories, with 18 additional 20-plus win campaigns to his credit since and also three seasons with 30 or more wins.
The four-time ECAC Hockey Tim Taylor Coach of the Year played hockey collegiately at Connecticut College (1986-90) where he earned both a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s degree in education. He went on to serve three seasons (1991-94) as an assistant hockey coach for the school before taking over the head coaching reins at Quinnipiac.
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