Dan Allen, a USA Hockey Level 4-certified coach, returns to the Saint Michael's men's ice hockey team for his third season as an assistant coach in 2018-19.
Saint Michael's played primarily a Northeast-10 Conference schedule for the first time in 2017-18, finishing 9-5-1 in conference play to take second place while going 15-10-2 overall, its highest win total in 19 years, despite fielding a roster that carried 12 first-years. After a 6-5 overtime victory over Assumption College in an NE10 Championship semifinal, the Purple Knights suffered a 6-5 overtime loss in the title game to long-time rival Saint Anselm College. The Purple and Gold set school records for goals-against average (2.68) and save percentage (.914), while its 9-3-2 record away from home was the best in the NE10.
The 2016-17 Purple Knights rebounded from a slow start to surprise a pair of nationally-ranked Division III teams mid-season before tying for the NE10 regular-season co-championship and finishing as the tournament runner-up for the third time in four seasons. A 2-7 start gave way to a 5-1-2 stretch that included a 4-2 win over No. 12 Babson College - the Purple and Gold's first victory against a nationally-ranked foe in nearly 13 years - and a 5-5 tie the following day versus No. 8 University of Massachusetts at Boston. As the No. 2 seed in the NE10 Championship, Saint Michael's dispatched third-seeded Stonehill College, 4-1, in a semifinal before falling to No. 4 Assumption College, 3-2, in overtime during the title game. The Purple Knights' 892 saves were the most in eight seasons.
In 2012, Allen became a head coach for high school aged players in Danbury, Conn., with the Western Connecticut Youth Hockey Association. After completing his playing days with the Western Connecticut State University club team in 2013, Allen returned to the program as an assistant coach for the following two seasons. His passion for the game extended off the ice when he became a member of the NCAA Division III Hockey Committee, where he consulted and collected information as he and others attempted to bring Western Connecticut State to the varsity level at Division III.
A native of Brookfield, Conn., Allen has accumulated an abundance of hockey experience, including while serving as ice hockey director at Danbury (Conn.) Ice Arena between 2015 and 2016 after working as the assistant director the prior three-plus years. In his roles there, Allen was responsible not just for day-to-day operations and scheduling, but also marketing and promotions. He gained further experience as a coach for a New York Rangers youth camp in Tarrytown, N.Y., between May and August of 2014.
As an undergraduate, Allen competed in one season of Division III ice hockey at Salve Regina University in 2008-09 before finishing his playing career at Western Connecticut State, where he served as an assistant captain for two years and captain as a senior. A Northeast Collegiate Hockey Association (NECHA) All-Star as a sophomore, Allen earned All-New England accolades as a senior. He graduated from Western Connecticut State in 2013 with a degree in history.