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New Year’s Resolutions from Mass Hockey Alumni

By Jamie MacDonald, Special to Mass Hockey, 01/08/15, 10:30AM EST


Noah Hanifin, Jeremy Roenick, Charlie Coyle and more share their New Year's Resolutions

What does Boston native Keith Yandle want more of this New Year? It might be exactly what you want, too. (Credit: ESPN)

East Weymouth's Charlie Coyle showcasing his power-forward abilities against the Chicago Blackhawks. (Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn, Minnesota Wild)

Happy New Year, hockey fans. As we all know, hockey seasons barely pause to mark the occasion of a new calendar year, but that doesn't mean some of our favorite hockey players can't make a resolution – with one notable exception you can read below. We caught up with some of this state's most famous hockey names – U.S. National Team members and U.S. Hockey Hall of Famers, young stars and veteran coaches, included – and asked for their thoughts as we turned the page to 2015.

Charlie Coyle (Minnesota Wild forward | East Weymouth)

On the ice, I want to be a more consistent player, bringing all parts of my game every night. Off the ice, I want to learn how to cook and stop eating out every night for dinner. I’m proud to be a former Mass Hockey player and wish everyone back home a great new year!

Follow Charlie Twitter: @charliecoyle_3 (link to:

Jack Eichel (Boston University forward | North Chelmsford)

In 2015, I’m aspiring to help my team at Boston University win the Beanpot, Hockey East and NCAA hockey championships. 

Follow Jack on Twitter: @jack_eichel11 (link to:

Jeremy Roenick (U.S. Hockey Hall of Famer, NBC Sports broadcaster | Boston)

I don't make resolutions. I don't need a new year to try to make myself better. That should be a daily thing. 

Follow "JR" on Twitter: @jeremy_roenick (link to:

Jerry York (Boston College head coach | Watertown)

Eat less carbs. Lift weights three times a week, yoga also three times. Attend daily mass and recruit more Johnny Gaudreaus :)

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Joe Bertagna (Hockey East commissioner | Arlington)

Mine is the same every year. I want to be 20 pounds lighter and stay in goal for another year. In all seriousness, my wife and I have three teenage kids, so all my primary thoughts are about them. And then I want to lose my 20 pounds.

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Keith Yandle (Arizona Coyotes defenseman | Boston)

I'd say my New Year's resolution for on the ice is to score more goals. I think it would help the team win some more games, and it's always fun to score. My New Year's resolution off the ice is to be a better communicator with my phone. I feel like I'm not very good at texting people back and calling people back, so I want to be a better communicator in 2015.

Follow the Arizona Coyotes on Twitter: @arizonacoyotes (link to:

Jim Craig (1980 Miracle on Ice goaltender / North Easton)

Stay in shape, enjoy my family and friends, and continue to mentor and be mentored.

Kevin Kavanagh (Executive Director, Mass Hockey | Duxbury) 

If I had a New Year’s resolution, it would be to hope that our parents in Massachusetts continue to support their kids on and off the ice by keeping hockey fun and not making it a chore for them. 

Follow Kevin on Twitter: @kevinkavanagh (link to 

Michelle Picard (U.S. Women's National Team, Harvard defenseman | Taunton)

My New Year's resolution is to spend less time on my phone.

Follow Michelle on Twitter: @shellfish20 (link to:

Noah Hanifin (Boston College defenseman | Norwood)

I’ve always wanted to win a Beanpot championship my whole life, and it’s great to have a chance to do that. I also want to focus on skating as hard as I can to the bench when I change. 

Follow Noah on Twitter: @nhanifin (link to:

What are your New Year’s resolutions, on and off the ice? Tell us on Twitter at @Mass_Hockey and on our Facebook page.