The CT ELITE HOCKEY showcases are put together by the collegiate hockey coaches at the University of Connecticut. The Prep Division and College ID showcases are are also supported by top coaches from across New England in both the prep school and college arena.

 Mike Cavanaugh

Head Coach

University of Connecticut

Mike Cavanaugh is in his fifth eason as coach of the UCONN Men's Ice Hockey and is guiding UConn through its inaugural season in the high profile Hockey East conference this year. 

The Huskies have taken steps forward in each of their four seasons in Hockey East and are coming off a year where they collected their most conference wins (8) and points (20) in 2016-17.  Last season also saw a pair of program “firsts” under Cavanaugh with Tage Thompson becoming UConn’s first-ever NHL first round draft pick when he was selected by the St. Louis Blues, 24th overall.  In addition, Thompson (USA) and Adam Huska (Slovakia) became the first Huskies to play in the 2017 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship for their respective countries.  Thompson and Team USA brought home the gold medal at the tournament.

Prior to UCONN, Cavanaugh was at Boston College for 18 seasons in assistant and associate head coaching positions. During his tenure at Boston College, Cavanaugh was vital in establishing a decade-strong winning culture for the program in the Hockey East. As one of the nation's premier recruiters, Cavanaugh saw his efforts produce 27 National Hockey League players, a Hobey Baker Award recipient (Mike Mottau, 2000), 22 All-Americans and two USA Hockey College Players of the Year (Mottau, 2000 and Nathan Gerbe, 2008) in his 18 seasons - the last nine as associate head coach.

He was named the winner of the 2013 Terry Flanagan Award by the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA). The Flanagan Award is given annually to honor an assistant coach's career body of work in the college game.

Brendan Buckley

Assistant Coach

 University of Connecticut 

Brendan Buckely is in second season as an assistant coach for UConn. His focus is defense and recruiting.

Buckley enjoyed a 12-year professional playing career that spanned over 550 games in the American Hockey League (AHL) and in Europe. A tremendous leader on and off the ice, Buckley served as a captain or assistant captain for four different organizations. He spent four seasons with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and was named the 2003 Defenseman of the Year.

After retiring in 2011, Buckley joined Buckley Sports Management where he served as Vice President and Director of Recruiting. He has also served as the Tier 1 Commissioner and Tournament Director for the Eastern Hockey Federation in Boston since 2012.

A native of Needham, Mass., Buckley played his college hockey at Boston College where he came in as part of the first class recruited by Jerry York and his staff that included Coach Cavanaugh. He was named assistant captain in 1998 and donned the "C" for the Eagles in 1999, helping to lead the team to back-to-back Hockey East titles and Frozen Four appearances. After his freshman season, Buckley was taken by the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft.

He graduated from BC's Carroll School of Management in 1999.

Joe Pereira

Assistant Coach

University of Connecticut



Joe Pereira is in his fifth season as assistant coach at UConn. His focus is forwards and recruiting.

An enthusiastic young coach, Pereira joined the Huskies coaching staff just five years removed from winning a national title as a player at Boston University.

Pereira graduated from BU in 2011 with a degree in business of management after a four-year career with the Terriers. In 2009, Pereira was a part of a BU team won the Beanpot Tournament and the Hockey East regular season and tournament titles and capped the season by capturing the National Championship.

During his senior season, Pereira wore the "C" for the Terriers and ended his career as a two-time winner of BU's Bennett McInnis Memorial Spirit Award and was the Albert Sidd Unsung Hero Award winner. He earned Hockey East All-Academic honors and the Regina Eiberg Scholarship as the top student-athlete on the team.

His professional career included stints with the Worcester Sharks and the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League (2010-11), the Idaho Steelheads and South Carolina Stingrays of the East Coast Hockey League (2011-12) while also playing professionally in Sweden in the summer of 2011.

Pereira began his coaching career working with the club hockey program at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield during the 2012-13 season. He helped lead the Pioneers to its first-ever Northeast Collegiate Hockey League championship. Before joining the Huskies, he also served as the Director of Scouting for Madison Avenue Sports and Entertainment.

Prior to enrolling at BU, he played two seasons at the South Kent (Conn.) School, leading the Cardinals to their first appearance in the New England Prep Division I playoffs. He is a member of the South Kent Hockey Hall of Fame.

Pereira is a native of West Haven, Conn.

Matt Michno

Goalie Coach

Pro Crease


Matt Michno joined the UConn coaching staff this year (2017-18) as a volunteer assistant and will work with the Husky goaltenders this season.

Michno currently serves as the Director of Coaching at Pro Crease Goaltending. He spent last season working with the goaltenders at Brown University and the previous two seasons as an assistant coach at Connecticut College, where he helped the Camels to their best season in school history in 2014-15.

Prior to Connecticut College, Michno was a volunteer assistant and the goaltending coach at Cornell University during the 2013-14 season. He has also coached and evaluated goaltenders at the USA Hockey Select 15 & 17 Festivals over multiple years.  

Michno earned a bachelor’s degree in sports administration and a master’s degree in coaching education from Ohio University. As a graduate student, Michno posted a 12-1 record and was tied for the league lead with five shutouts as a goaltender for the Bobcats’ ACHA Division I club hockey team. He earned Central States Collegiate Hockey League Tournament MVP honors on the way to the Bobcats’ league championship and was awarded the team’s Most Improved Player award after the teams run to the final four at the ACHA National Championship.