Walpole, MA - Following the departure of goalie coach Clay Adams, who recently joined the staff of the Lincoln Stars, the Walpole Express knew it needed to find a top-notch replacement to help players hone their skills between the pipes. Enter former AHL netminder and experienced coach Ed Kesell.
“Ed brings a tremendous amount of experience to our team,” said Express Owner Rob Barletta. “He’s a Massachusetts native who had a strong career as a player before shutting it down due to injury. Though he left the sport for a decade, his love of hockey pulled him back in, this time as a coach. It’s a unique perspective I know the Express will benefit from.”
Kesell grew up playing net for Brockton Youth Hockey, followed by four years of Brockton High School varsity. As a pro, he played for the South Shore Braves (USAHL), as well as three years in the AHL for the Rochester Americans.
In 1981, Kesell suffered a career-ending injury and walked away from hockey for 10 years but was eventually compelled to return to the sport he loved as a coach at his high school alma mater in 1988. In 1991, he was goalie coach for Malden Catholic High School before moving onto a similar position at Thayer Academy where he spent nine seasons. During his tenure, he developed two Division I goalies – one who become a first-team All-American at UNH.
After his time at Thayer Academy, Kesell entered the college coaching ranks at St. Anselm College. During the season, both goalies under his tutelage enjoyed a 0.94 save average. After one season he was recruited to be the goalie coach at hockey powerhouse Northeastern University. His starting goalie that year was named to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team, and in 2004 his goalie made First-Team All-American.
In 2005, Kesell took his skills to Babson College where he continued to produce results, including two ECAC East All-Rookies 2006, 2010; three ECAC East Goalie of The Year 2005, 2013 and 2015; three Division ll/lll All-Americans 2013, 2014 and 2015; ECAC East Player of The Year 2014; Winner of The Joe Concanon Award (Best American-Born Division ll/lll Player); and New England Hockey Writer's Association Division ll/lll All-Star Team 2013 and 2015.
“We are confident Ed will do a great job with the Express and elevate our goalie capabilities beyond their already high level,” Barletta said.
Ed will also serve as Assistant Coach to the Express EHL Elite Junior team.« See All Youth News