ESSEX, Vermont - Former Vermont men's hockey head coach Kevin Sneddon has been named the President and Director of Operations of Elev802, a custom ice skills training center located in Essex, Vermont. NHL veteran Torrey Mitchell (University of Vermont, 2004-07) and veteran professional player Peter Lenes (University of Vermont, 2005-09), owners of Elev802, made the announcement today.
"I am very fortunate to team up with two outstanding men in an effort to spread hockey knowledge and skills to as many young players as possible," said Sneddon. "I am excited that I am back involved in hockey and look forward to this next chapter."
Coach Sneddon has been involved in college hockey for more than three decades as a player and captain at Harvard University (1988-92), as an assistant coach and head coach at Union College, and most recently as the 17-year head coach at the University of Vermont. He captured the 1989 NCAA Ice Hockey National Championship as a freshman defenseman the Crimson.
Sneddon is one of only three coaches to lead the Vermont men's hockey program since 1965 and he won 250 games behind the bench at UVM. He led the Catamounts to three NCAA Tournament berths, including the program's second-ever NCAA Frozen Four berth in 2009. Sneddon's squads also made three trips to TD Garden in Boston for the Hockey East Championship, including most recently a semifinal appearance in 2015. Catamount teams under Sneddon also performed extremely well in the classroom, posting an average GPA over a 3.1 and graduation rates well over 90%.
Vermont reached three NCAA tournaments and produced seven NHL players during Sneddon's tenure — Connor Brickley, Brayden Irwin, Kevan Miller, Torrey Mitchell, Mike Paliotta, Jaime Sifers and Viktor Stalberg.
After being named Hockey East coach of the year in 2008, Sneddon led UVM to the Frozen Four in 2009. The Catamounts were within a goal of reaching their first national championship game before falling to league rival, Boston University, 5-4 in the national semifinal.
With Elev802, Sneddon will be focused on business growth as the company looks to expand nationwide. Additionally, Sneddon will provide consulting for coaches and players who want to gain insight into his experience and knowledge of college hockey.
"We are so fortunate to have Kevin step in and help operate our brand as President and Director of Operations," said Torrey and Lenes. "We need great hockey minds here as we look to expand our company across the nation, and Coach Sneddon's experience and character is exactly what we are looking for at Elev802."
Elev802 is a custom ice skills training center located in Essex, Vermont, offering professional hockey skills training and elite strength and conditioning programs. By teaming up with other former NHL players, Elev802 seeks to expand nationwide in order to provide safe, knowledgeable, and highly effective training centers for young players, boys and girls, looking to advance their game.