Update – Michael McNicholas is officially on the roster of the ECHL Indy Fuel

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Update – Dick Umile, the head coach 28 seasons for NCAA New Hampshire University hockey and Michael McNicholas the past four seasons has retired. Umile was a legend of a coach there with a career record of 596-373-114.

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

By Lee Samuels

Breaking news today – Michael McNicholas, who just completed four seasons with NCAA New Hampshire University, will sign and play for the ECHL Indy Fuel. 

Michael said tonight “I cannot believe my time with UNH is over. But I am looking forward to the next chapter in my life and the challenges that go with it.”

The Indy Fuel are affiliated with the NHL Chicago Blackhawks and the AHL Rockford IceHogs. The Indy Fuel plays home games at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum in Indianapolis.

Michael, 23, played in 117 games at NCAA New Hampshire. He had 22 goals, 58 assists for 80 points. In the BCHL Michael was a star player who had an awesome season with the Vernon Vipers with 25 goals in 2013-14.

He is listed as a center, 5’10 and 175. 

Michael comes from a hockey family. His father John was a hockey coach years ago in Las Vegas. A younger brother John Paul McNicholas was a top player in AAA hockey and later in college with Cal.

Michael played for the AAA Cal Wave peewee team, AAA L.A. Selects 16u, 14u, AAA Victory Honda 18u and in his senior year of high school played for USHL Muskegon Lumberjacks. Michael then played for BCHL Nanaimo Clippers, BCHL Vernon Vipers.

His older brother John Paul played for the Pokey Reddick-coached midget AA 16u, then with the AAA Long Beach Ice Dogs 18u and the AAA So-Cal Titans 18u. John Paul played in the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League for North Bay before enrolling at Cal and playing there four seasons.

Hockey dad John McNicholas coached 10 seasons in Las Vegas – the Falcons in house hockey, Mustangs Mite B, Mite A, Squirt AA. John was the first president of Team Las Vegas. He started the Las Vegas Outlaws program in 2000 when he coached in mites, squirts and midgets.

Eventually John stayed with Michael’s group the next three seasons. 

“My final season of coaching was when our daughter Clare played goalie on the Las Vegas Outlaws Peewee A team. I was Steve Johnson’s assistant coach,” he said.

Clare now works in Beverly Hills promoting products on social media with Hollywood celebrities. The company is called The A List.