Bob Emery (ice hockey)

Robert Donald Emery (born March 4, 1964) is a college men's ice hockey coach at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. He played college hockey at Boston College from 1983 to 1986 and briefly played professional hockey with the Fredericton Express in New Brunswick and the Maine Mariners in Portland, Maine. He has been the head men's ice hockey coach at Plattsburgh State since the 1989-1990 season. With 465 career victories, he is the winningest hockey coach in Plattsburgh history and the 20th winningest coach in NCAA college history. His .742 career winning percentage ranks third all-time among college coaches with at least 300 wins.

Bob Emery
Current position
TitleDirector of Hockey Operations
Biographical details
Born (1964-03-04) March 4, 1964 (age 56)
Somerville, Massachusetts, U.S.
Playing career
1983–1986Boston College
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1989–2019SUNY Plattsburgh
Head coaching record
Overall624–215–65 (.726)
Accomplishments and honors
1992 NCAA Championship
2001 NCAA Championship

Early yearsEdit

A native of Somerville, Massachusetts, Emery played hockey for Matignon High School from 1979 to 1982 and led the team to three consecutive state championships in 1979, 1980 and 1981.[1][2] Emery was named to the Massachusetts High School All-Scholastic First Team in 1981-1982.[2]

Boston CollegeEdit

Emery enrolled at Boston College in 1982. He participated in three NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournaments while attending Boston College.[1] He was selected as a Hockey East All-Star as a senior in the 1985-1986 season.[2]

Emery received a bachelor's degree in marketing from Boston College in 1986. He also earned a master's degree in leadership at Plattsburgh State in 1990.[1]

Professional hockeyEdit

In 1982, Emery was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the 10th round (208th overall pick) of the NHL Entry Draft. He was invited to the Canadiens' training camp and later played for the Fredericton Express, the Quebec Nordiques affiliate in the American Hockey League. He also played with the Maine Mariners.

Plattsburgh StateEdit

In 1988, Emery became an assistant men's hockey coach at Plattsburgh State while studying for his master's degree. After one season as an assistant, he was promoted to head coach for the 1989-1990 hockey season. In 30 years as Plattsburgh's head coach, Emery has compiled a record of 465 wins, 146 losses, and 48 ties. At the end of the 2009-2010 hockey season, Emery ranked 20th all-time among college men's ice hockey coaches.[3] Among the 68 men's college ice hockey coaches to reach the 300-win milestone, Emery ranks third in winning percentage at .742. The only college men's ice hockey coaches with higher career winning percentages are John Rolli of UMass Dartmouth (.762) and Tim Coghlin of St. Norbert College (.757).

Emery has led Plattsburgh to the NCAA Division III Men's Ice Hockey Championship in 14 of his 21 years as head coach. His teams have won two national championships and advanced to the Frozen Four nine times in 1990, 1992, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2008 and 2010.[4] In 1992, Emery led Plattsburgh to a 32-2-2 record and its first NCAA national championship.[1] Emery's second national championship came in 2001 as he led the team to a 29-5 record in NCAA competition and defeated the previously undefeated team from Rochester Institute of Technology in the finals.[1] Emory announced his retirement from coaching at the end of the 2018–19 season.


Shortly after wrapping up his coaching career, Emory was hired by Merrimack to be the Director of Hockey operations.[5]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1982–83 Boston College Eagles ECAC 21 0 2 2 18
1983–84 Boston College Eagles ECAC 35 2 7 9 32
1984–85 Boston College Eagles HE 42 3 11 14 54
1985–86 Boston College Eagles HE 39 2 15 17 48
1986–87 Fredericton Express AHL 42 2 0 2 63
1987–88 Maine Mariners AHL 6 0 0 0 4
NCAA totals 137 7 35 42 152
AHL totals 48 2 0 2 67

Awards and honorsEdit

Award Year
All-Hockey East Second Team 1985–86 [6]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e "Bob Emery Men's Hockey Coach". State University of New York at Plattsburgh. Retrieved 2010-07-16.
  2. ^ a b c "1982 NHL Draft Pick: Bob Emery". Hockey Draft Central.
  3. ^ "All-Time Coaching Records". USCHO. Archived from the original on 2010-08-21. Retrieved 2010-07-16.
  4. ^ "Bob Emery Year-by-Year Record". USCHO. Retrieved 2010-07-16.
  5. ^ "Merrimack Hires Former Plattsburgh State Head Coach Bob Emery as Director of Men's Ice Hockey Operations". Merrimack Warriors. May 30, 2019. Retrieved October 17, 2019.
  6. ^ "Hockey East All-Teams". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved May 19, 2013.

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