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.
Holewa graduated Cum Laude Honors from Connecticut College, where he participated on both the NCAA Ice Hockey and Lacrosse teams over four seasons, earning All-Academic selections in three of his four years. Post college, Holewa joined the United States Marine Corps where he served four years as an Infantry Officer, leading and deploying a platoon of 40 Marines in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Holewa completed his education by receiving a Master’s Degree in Education from Columbia University.
After earning his master’s, Holewa worked as an Assistant Coach for the New York Islanders and their American Hockey League (AHL) team in Bridgeport from 2012-’15. Working closely with Connecticut native Eric Boguniecki, his efforts were focused on creating practice plans, implementing team systems and designing on-ice development programs in coordination with the Islanders coaching staff. During that time, Holewa assisted in the development and promotion of players to the National Hockey League, 11 of whom made their NHL debut.
From 2015-’17, Holewa was an Assistant Coach with the Lake Superior State Lakers (DI NCAA) team. During his time with the Lakers, he was tasked with running defensive group and penalty kill, which lead to the team finishing with the 8th highest percentage in 2015-’16 and 9th highest in 2016-’17 in NCAA (60 teams). He also served as player development lead for the program, and worked to implement a small group skills development model that raised the team’s offense dramatically.
Last season (2017-’18), Holewa returned to the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League (NHL) as their video coach. Doug’s responsibilities included formulating and presenting scouting reports and in-game strategies to the coaching staff, team and individual players. He also worked closely with coaches and the scouting staff in identifying and evaluating AHL players, NHL draft targets and free agent acquisitions based on video analysis of game film.
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.