DURHAM, N.H. -- Former Wildcat forward Jason Shipulski (Melrose, Mass.) of the University of New Hampshire men's hockey team was named head hockey coach at Melrose High School on Tuesday afternoon by athletic director Patricia Ruggiero.
    “It was something that as a player I knew I wanted to do,” said Shipulski. When I finished playing hockey I knew I wanted to become a head coach. Massachusetts hockey jobs are tough to come by and I am up to the challenge. I am honored and excited to work with these kids.”
    “I want to teach them good sportsmanship, how the game is supposed to be played and some of the other things I have learned from the coaches I have played for, which includes Coach Dick Umile.”
    Shipulski, a Saugus, Mass. native, had served as the assistant varsity hockey coach at Woburn High School for the last three years, which included trips to the state championship in 2006-2007 and 2004-2005.
    He helped UNH to two Frozen Fours (97-98, 98-99) and one NCAA Championship game in 1999 in his four-year Wildcat career, which spanned from 1996-2000. Shipulski posted 81 points (38g, 43a) in 154 career games with the Wildcats men’s hockey program. He scored the game-winning goal in the 5-3 NCAA semfinal victory against Michigan State on April 1, 1999 at then Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, Calif to send UNH to the national championship game against Maine.  Shipulski had his finest season as a junior in 1998-1999 registering career highs in points (29), goals (15) and assists (14).
    After UNH, Shipulski continued his hockey career playing professionally for two seasons with Roanoke of the East Coast Hockey League in 2000-2001 and Danbury of the United Hockey League in 2004-2005.

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