Hobart College Hockey Head Coach Mark Taylor recently announced that Carl Michaelson ’04 will join the Statesmen staff as assistant coach for the 2009-10 season. A 2004 graduate of Hobart, Michaelson was a four-year member of the hockey team. As the team captain his senior year, he guided the Statesmen to an ECAC West Championship and the program’s first NCAA Tournament bid.
“I’m excited to have Carl on staff and back with the program,” Taylor said. “Any time you can have a former player on staff it is a positive. Carl was quickly endorsed by the former assistants he played for here and every teammate I contacted. He arrived on campus when I did; we won a league championship together and took Hobart hockey to its first NCAA Tournament. He’s been here through tough times and great times. Carl exemplifies passion, commitment and perseverance, and is a reflection of so many former players before him that bled for this program. He’s as much Hobart hockey as anyone.”
Michaelson is co-founder and president of Westlake Hockey Development Inc. in Montreal, which consults with and develops elite level hockey players. The company helps players achieve their goals of competing at a range of levels, including prep school, junior, and university. Michaelson has extensive experience in strength and conditioning, and has instructed players on topics such as health and wellness, sports psychology, injury prevention, performance training, stride development, speed and agility, hockey skills training, and movement and performance analysis. He has also spent time coaching elite level hockey teams.
At Hobart, Michaelson, a defenseman, played in 74 career games, scoring seven goals and assisting on 14. His efforts on the ice earned him the 2004 Holden Award, a team award for character, sportsmanship, and leadership, and the 2004 William C. Stiles ’43 Memorial Award, presented to a senior student-athlete for leadership, determination, and character. Michaelson earned a bachelor’s degree in economics.
Over the past five years, Michaelson has played professional hockey for five different teams in the United States, France, and Belgium.