The Boston Blades have hired Michael Diamantopoulos for a behind-the-bench role, assisting head coach Brian McCloskey for the 2016-17 season. Diamantopoulos, an avid ball hockey player himself, has spent the past year coaching women’s ball hockey where he has worked with players preparing for national and international tournaments as part of Team USA.
Diamantopoulos is a graduate of Daniel Webster College, where he played Division III college hockey, & Souhegan High School, Division II high school hockey in Nashua, N.H.
“We are really excited to be adding Mike to our coaching staff,” said general manager Krista Patronick. “He brings a lot of defensive zone knowledge and an eagerness to coach at this level. I know he and Brian McCloskey will work well together on the bench.”
Diamantopoulos’s knowledge of the defensive zone will be especially useful for the Boston Blades, a team that spent much of its time on defense last season. The Boston Blades finished the season with a record of 0-23-1 (the 1 being a shootout win early in the season).
McCloskey focused particularly on strengthening the defense throughout the season, which saw steady improvement over the months of play and practice. The addition of Diamantopoulos will free McCloskey up to spend more time working with the offense to improve puck possession and shooting percentages while his assistant focuses in on the defense.
Additionally, Diamantopoulos’s experience in ball hockey may prove fruitful as several of the Blades players came to the organization with a ball hockey background, such as Sadie and Clara St. Germain, who were selected to the 2015 U.S. women’s ball hockey team.