The South Kent Selects Academy U-16 National team is a chance for elite level players to participate in a program that combines high-level hockey with high-level academics. While attending school, players receive the highest level coaching, exposure and training available and they play a AAA schedule that is not limited to the traditional 33-game prep schedule. The U-16 National program provides a highly competitive 50-60 game, AAA level schedule consisting of highly recruited showcases, elite tournaments and competitive, independent non-league games across the U.S. and Canada. Eligible to compete for the USA Hockey Tier I national championships. These players regularly receive attention and college commitments from some of the top Division I NCAA schools along with players being drafted into the USHL.
Interim Director of Hockey Operations
Coach Hutcheon, U18 Head Coach and Assistant to the Hockey Director, started at South Kent in 2018. Hutcheon started as Head Coach to our U15 team and during his first year he lead his team to an incredibly successful year, with appearances at a number of high profile tournaments, including making it to the quarterfinals of the USA Hockey National Championships. From before his time with SKSA Hutcheon brings a wealth of experience in skills development to the SKSA staff, having spent the past three years at the St. Louis Blues Prospects Camp and High End Hockey. Since 2010, he has worked with over 100 professional and 150 NCAA hockey players in a skills development setting.
Having spent the last nine seasons as a coach with the Neponset Valley River Rats 18U team, Hutcheon has strong relationships in the midget and college hockey ranks throughout New England. He recruited and coached the River Rats U18 team to a USA Hockey Tier 1 National Championship and a Massachusetts State Championship in 2012-13. Hutcheon helped 33 players advance to NCAA Division I during his time as a head coach with the program. Hutcheon’s network also extends to the midwest, where he has served as a New England region scout for the Youngstown Phantoms of the United States Hockey League (USHL) for the past seven years.
Murden graduated from Hamilton College with a degree in Econometrics & Quantitative Economics where he played for the Hamilton College Continental hockey team and amassed 103 points over 92 games. During his senior year Murden served as an assistant captain on the team which advanced to the NCAA Division 3 elite 8, and broke the 99-year-old program’s record for wins in a season. That season he received the Jack B. Riffle Award as the top student-athlete in the senior class at Hamilton College, was named to the NESCAC All-Academic team, and was recognized by the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) as an All-American Scholar. Throughout his college career he also received two All-Conference Hockey nods, was named to the D3Hockey.com East Region All Star Team, and was selected as a GOLD Scholar by Hamilton College.
A native of Georgetown, Ontario, Murden grew up playing hockey in the GTHL and subsequently played Jr. A hockey in the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL) prior to college. He has worked as a skill development coach to players since 2010 with Ultimate Hockey Training and Over Speed Hockey, and served as an Amateur Scout and Recruiting Coordinator for Puck Agency from 2015 to 2017. During the 2017-2018 season, Murden served as the Director of Hockey Operations for Sun Valley Youth Hockey in Sun Valley, Idaho where he also served as the Head Coach for the U18 team and helped found Team Idaho while taking an active role within the Idaho Amateur Hockey Assocation (IAHA).
Murden serves as the Assistant Coach on the U16 team, assists with economic forecasting for the program, and works with players on skill development throughout the year.