Assistant Coach Chase Fuchs Departs for the Bloomington Thunder of the United States Hockey League

Assistant Coach Chase Fuchs Departs for the Bloomington Thunder of the United States Hockey League

Bloomington Thunder news release

ADRIAN, Mich.--Adrian College men's hockey coach Adam Krug '12 has announced that Bulldogs assistant coach Chase Fuchs has resigned his position to become the director of scouting and serve as an assistant coach at the Bloomington (Ill.) Thunder of the United States Hockey League.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank Chase publicly. We will miss Chase within the men's hockey program here at Adrian College," Krug said. "Chase had made it known that he wants to get into the realm of player personnel at the junior level or into the NHL scouting business, and the Bloomington Thunder will provide a great next step in his career.

"From day one of the interview process, two years ago, through today, Chase has shown me that he is ambitious, and is very motivated to be a winner both on and off the ice. I wish him the best of luck."

Fuchs added: "I would like to thank Adrian College and Coach Krug for the opportunity they gave me two years ago to be part of such a great program with a great reputation. Coach Krug believed in me and gave a young coach a chance, and that is something I will always remember."

During Fuchs' two seasons on the Adrian bench, he helped the Bulldogs to a pair of NCAA Division III tournament appearances, two Northern Collegiate Hockey Association Peters Cup regular-season titles and the 2016 NCHA Harris Cup championship while sporting a 44-11-3 overall record (.784) and 34-5-1 (.863) conference mark.

"I am disappointed that we were unable to win a national championship in my two years here, but I know that it is right around the corner for this program," Fuchs, a 2014 graduate of Clarkson University, stated. "I can't wait to see it happen because this school from President (Dr. Jeffrey R.) Docking and down, and all the players truly deserve one for all the work and effort they put in.

"This program has allowed my career to really take off, but without the hard work and success of our players I would not be moving on today, so I want thank them as well for everything they have done for me. I will truly miss my time and the people at Adrian College, but I am very excited for what the future holds at Adrian," he added.

At Adrian, Fuchs was heavily involved with recruiting, practice plans, on-ice coaching and working with the defensemen. He helped develop Cory Dunn into a two-year All-American, the only defenseman in program history to earn the honor in his first two seasons, and also coached senior Chris Leone to 2016 AHCA/CCM All-America First Team accolades.

Fuchs, who played collegiately during three seasons for the Golden Knights, previously coached at Mount Royal University and National Sports Development Jr. Hitmen program in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, prior to his arrival at Adrian.

In the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, three Bloomington defensemen were selected on the second day. 

Krug said that he is looking to fill the vacancy and will announce a replacement for Fuchs in the near future.

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