MARLBORO, MA-The Junior Bruins are proud to announce the staff for the teams U16 full season midget team. The team’s GM will be Chris Masters who will oversee the team roster, tryout process, scheduling, recruiting and direction of the program. The teams coaches will be Craig Falite and Topher Bevis who will serve as Associate Head Coaches.
“We met with a number of coaches interested in coaching our U16′s as well as conducting an internal search and we decided on, and are thrilled to announce, that both Craig and Topher will be guiding this team. This isn’t a home run for us but a grand slam. The U16′s have hit the jackpot in regards to their coaches,” GM Chris Masters commented. “Their coaching experience, playing experience, style, enthusiasm and hockey knowledge will serve the players well.”
Topher Bevis (pictured left) first came to the Bruins as a defensemen on the 1986 Junior Bruins AAA tournament team. The Harvard, MA native was a standout for the ’86 Minuteman Flames, a team that will go down as one of the best in MBHL history. His ’86 Junior Bruins AAA tournament team saw him play with college alumni such as Adam Pineault (Boston College), Pat Kimball (Merrimack), Brian McCafferty (Harvard), Gerry Pollastrone (U-Mass Amherst), Dave Leaderer (U-Mass Amherst) and Torren Del Forte (Union) to name a few.
Bevis also joined the Litte Bruins and played alongside a talented group of players that included Ben Smith (NTDP, Boston College, Chicago Blackhawks), Bobby Butler (UNH/Ottawa Senators), Kory Falite (U-Lowell), Jason Lawrence (NTDP/Boston University), Cody Wild (Providence) as well as the aforementioned Kimball and Mccaferty.
After a stint at Lawrence Academy he went on to play for the National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, MI. He is one of ten B’s players (not including AAA team players) to play for the NTDP, which leads all programs on the east coast for player placement with the NTDP.
Following his time in Ann Arbor, he spent a year with the Junior Bruins (EJHL), before heading to U-Mass Amherst on a full scholarship. While at U-Mass he was a team captain and mainstay for coach Toot Cahoon and the Minutemen.
“Topher will primarily work with our defensemen and a main focus of our U16 team is development and working with each player to maximize their talents so our U16′s will get coaching that most players wouldn’t get till they are in a college program working with Coach Bevis,” Masters commented. “The strides our players will make over the course of a full season with both Topher and Craig will be immeasurable and we are thrilled to have them on board.”
Craig Falite (pictured left), a Billerica, MA native, has been with the Bruins for the last year as a roving instructor with EJHL, Empire and ESHL teams while serving as an assistant coach with Andy Powers on the Little Bruins.
Falite, who grew up playing in the MBHL for the North Shore Raiders, played in the USHL for Waterloo before heading onto play at Quinnipiac University and helping the Bobcats to their first ever NCAA tournament appearance. He is the brother of long time B’s forward and former U-Lowell star forward Kory Falite.
“Craig, over this past year, has shown an enthusiasm and attention to details in his teaching that we felt this is where his talents would best serve our program and players in coaching the U16′s. Players who are still in a critical stage of development will need someone like Craig who can work with them daily, and over the course of the season, to make the necessary improvements to their game,” Masters continued.
In addition to coaching the U16′s Bevis will coach in the B’s AAA tournament team program as well as serve as an assistant coach with the B’s EJHL team. Falite will also coach in the AAA tournament team program and assist with the B’s U18 team.
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