Maine Hockey Journal

Cheverus names new head coach

Portland, ME – Another former Maine Mariner has entered the coaching ranks among Maine’s high schools as Dan Lucas was named the new boys’ ice hockey coach at Cheverus High School.

Lucas, selected by the Philadelphia Flyers in the first round (#14 overall) of the 1978 Amateur Draft, spent short period of time with the Flyers where played six games during the 1978-’79 season, scoring his only NHL goal, but it was the Calder Cup championship with the Mariners that proved to be the highlight of his season.

Lucas is joining former Mariners Paul Evans, Wayne Schaab and Guy Delparte who have all coached hockey in the State of Maine and can proved to valuable tool for him has he moved forward.

“If I get stuck, I can always call on them,” he said in a Press Herald interview.

Lucas, who stayed in Portland after his playing days, replaced Jack Lowry after he resigned from coaching at Cheverus last season.

“Dan is a very high-character guy,” said Cheverus Athletic Director Gary Hoyt in the Press Herald. “He has a high depth of hockey knowledge even though he doesn’t have a lot of coaching experience.

“He has coached at hockey schools over the years. He’s one of the best-kept hockey secrets in Maine.”

Lucas is excited to part of the school and looks forward to the challenge of working with the talent this upcoming season.

“I’ve been told Cheverus will have a younger team next season,” he said.

“I’ll have two to three years to work with them, which will be good. I’m sure they’ll have high expectations and a sense of urgency when they step on the ice, just like I do.”

When Holt approached Lucas about the opportunity to coach Cheverus, it seemed like a no-brainer from him.

“Cheverus has had a successful hockey program,” he said. “I’ve watched them play a few times and paid attention to what Cheverus has done.”

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