MSU, UM News: Spartan Donnelly in HOF; UM hires assistant coach
At left is Livonia native Mike Donnelly, an MSU national title hero, who will enter the school’s HOF. At right is Kris Mayotte, a coach at Providence who is joining the Wolverines’ coaching staff.
Mike Donnelly has a place in NCAA and Michigan State history.
And on Oct. 24, the Livonia native will have a spot in the MSU Athletics Hall of Fame. That’s when he will be inducted.
Donnelly holds the NCAA record for most goals in a season with 59 in 1985-86. His final goal that year came with 2:51 left in the third period of the national championship game, broke a tie, and gave the Spartans a 6-5 win over Harvard and their second national championship.
Donnelly was voted the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA tournament and was a first team All-America selection.
Donnelly played at MSU from 1982 to 1986, during which time he had 120 goals and 86 assists for 206 points in 156 games.
He went on to play 11 NHL seasons with the New York Rangers, Buffalo Sabres, Los Angeles Kings, Dallas Stars and New York Islanders, registering 114 goals and 235 points in 465 games.
Donnelly, now 55, works in player development for the Kings.
His hall of fame induction will be part of Michigan State’s annual Celebrate weekend.
The Celebrate 2019 weekend includes the 10th annual varsity letter jacket presentation and hall of fame induction ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 24, and then a special recognition of the hall of famers during the Michigan State-Penn State football game at Spartan Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 26.
Michigan hires Mayotte from Providence to replace Wiseman
The University of Michigan has a new assistant coach.
The Wolverines hired Kris Mayotte, who has been an associated head coach and assistant coach at Providence for the past four seasons.
“I am extremely excited with the addition of Kris to our hockey staff,” Michigan head coach Mel Pearson said in a statement. “Kris is a proven winner who will assist us with all aspects of our program. He is a tireless recruiter with an extensive recruiting network. In recent years at Providence, he did outstanding work, especially with the goalies and defensemen.
“I want to welcome Kris and his wife Juli to the Michigan family.”
Mayotte replaces Brian Wiseman, who left U-M last month to become an assistant coach with the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers.
“I am honored and humbled to join such a prestigious hockey program and institution,” said Mayotte, 36. “I look forward to helping build on the foundation that the coaching staff has set. There is an exciting future ahead for Michigan hockey, and I can’t wait to get started.”
Mayotte helped lead Providence to the national championship in 2015. He worked primarily with the Friar goaltenders as well as with the penalty kill unit and handled all aspects of recruiting during his time there.
Mayotte previously spent two seasons (2012-14) as an assistant coach at St. Lawrence, where he had similar responsibilities. Before that he was a volunteer assistant coach at Cornell (2011-12) and a full-time goalie coach in Maryland (2010-11).
The Pittsburgh native played four seasons of college hockey at Union from 2002-06, as the starting goaltender for the Dutchmen. He then had a five-year professional career in the American Hockey League, East Coast Hockey League and the now-defunct Central Hockey League.