|College:||Lake Superior State (1987)|
Jim Roque’s involvement in Lake Superior State hockey spans three decades, including eight seasons as the Lakers’ head coach.
Roque stormed onto the head coaching scene in 2005-06 by leading LSSU to its first winning season in six years and to its first home-ice berth in the CCHA Playoffs since 1999-00. During his second season, the Lakers finished 21-19-3 and reached the CCHA semifinals at Joe Louis Arena for the first time since 1995-96. That was Roque’s winningest season to date, and in 2011-12 the Lakers finished 18-17-5 to amass the second-highest win total during his tenure.
The Lakers are 120-146-45 during the past eight seasons. During the past three seasons, they earned home ice for the first round of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association Playoffs and compiled an impressive home-ice record of 32-20-8. The 2012-13 Lakers were led by captain Domenic Monardo, who topped the CCHA in goals scored with 20, and junior goaltenders Kevin Murdock and Kevin Kapalka. Murdock ranked 10th nationally in save percentage at .930, while Kapalka increased his
career shutout record to nine and heads into 2013-14 needing one more shutout to tie Jeff Jakaitis’ school record.
Roque became the ninth coach in the 42-year history of Laker hockey when he replaced Frank Anzalone in June of 2005. He is the second former Laker player to take the helm of the LSSU program.
Roque’s most-recent of three LSSU assistant coaching stints ran from 2001-02 through 2004-05. Previously, he was an assistant coach for the Lakers from 1988-91 and also in 1994-95. After six seasons as an assistant at Clarkson University, he returned to LSSU again in 2001. Roque also coached in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League from 1991-93.
After graduating from LSSU in 1987 with a bachelor’s degree in management, the Killarney, Ont., native started his coaching career as an assistant under Anzalone and stayed on to work with former coach Jeff Jackson. This is his 16th overall season as a coach at LSSU.
Roque played for the Lakers from 1983-87 and totaled 56 goals and 144 career points, which ranks 19th on the Lakers’ career points list. Roque was a part of the first recruiting class brought in by Anzalone and was also a member of the first Laker squad to advance to the NCAA Tournament in 1985.
The only other former Laker who went on to become the program’s head coach was Rick Comley, who retired in 2011 as head coach of the Michigan State Spartans. He coached at LSSU from 1973-76.
Roque was on the LSSU coaching staff when it won the 1988 NCAA Championship, and he recruited the majority of the 1992 title team. He played a role in all five NCAA Tournament appearances and was part of two CCHA playoff titles and two regular-season titles.
At Clarkson, he coached two Hobey Baker finalists and four National Hockey League players (Todd White, Erik Cole, Chris Clark and Willie Mitchell). He was also a part of three Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) regular-season titles, four NCAA Tournament berths and one playoff championship.
He and his wife, Julia, have two children—Emma (18) and Abby (16).
2005-06 15-14-7 OA 11-12-5 CCHA
2006-07 21-19-3 OA 11-14-3 CCHA
2007-08 10-20-7 OA 7-15-6 CCHA
2008-09 11-20-8 OA 7-15-6 CCHA
2009-10 15-18-5 OA 10-15-3 CCHA
2010-11 13-17-9 OA 8-12-8 CCHA
2011-12 18-17-5 OA 11-13-4 CCHA
2012-13 17-21-1 OA 11-16-1 CCHA
Career Record and Record at LSSU: 120-146-45 OA; 76-112-36 CCHA
|College:||Ferris State (1995)|
Tim Christian is in his 10th season as an assistant coach at Lake Superior State and was promoted to No. 1 assistant coach in 2008.
Christian’s role with the Lakers has increased substantially as he has established himself as a highly-respected recruiter, on-ice and conditioning coach, and camps director. He is a Central Collegiate Hockey Association alumus who understands what it takes to compete with the nation’s top programs.
Since 2005, Christian has served as director of the Michigan Amateur Hockey Association Bantam Select Camps held in Sault Ste. Marie in June, and the Laker Hockey Summer Camps.
Christian played for former LSSU head coach Frank Anzalone in the East Coast Hockey League for three years. In 2001-02, Christian was a volunteer assistant coach of the ECHL’s Roanoke Express.
Christian, a Grand Rapids, Mich., native, graduated from Ferris State University in 1995 and is ranked 12th on the Bulldogs’ all-time goal-scoring list. He totaled 100 goals and 109 assists in five seasons at Roanoke and was inducted into the Roanoke Hall of Fame. He leads the now-defunct Express in career goals and was fourth in career points. Two of the three players who are ahead of him in points are former Lakers, Mike Peron and Michael Smith.
Christian and his wife, Lana, have two sons, Andrew (13) and Alex (11).
|College:||Lake Superior State (1991)|
Former LSSU forward and volunteer coach Doug Laprade ‘91 is no stranger to Laker Hockey and returns to the program as a part-time assistant coach.
Laprade played for the Lakers from 1987-91 and was part of the 1988 national championship team. Coach Jim Roque and Laprade were assistant coaches together at LSSU under Jeff Jackson. Laprade was a volunteer assistant in 1991-92 and 1992-93.
Laprade spent the past seven seasons with the Sault Area High School hockey program, including four years as head coach. The Blue Devils won 70 games and three regional titles during that tenure. They made one MHSAA state semifinal appearance.
Laprade, along with his wife, Pam, son, Ryan (15), and daughter, Kristen (11), have lived in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., for more than two decades. After spending most of his professional career in radio advertising sales, Doug recently became agent-owner of the Sutter-Laprade Insurance Agency.
Laprade was a 1988 11th round draft pick of the Los Angeles Kings. The Thunder Bay, Ontario, native totaled 17 goals and 16 assists during four seasons with the Lakers.
Paul Prucha joined the LSSU staff in 2012-13 after retiring from the Michigan Department of Corrections in 2011.
The Alpena, Mich., native graduated from the University of Michigan in 1990 with a B.S. in sports management and communications. He was a U-M student manager and strength coach from 1986-89 and Yost Ice Arena manager from 1990-92. Prucha was a Sault Michigan Hockey Association coach for 18 years.
Paul and his wife, Lori, have two daughters, Ahna (8) and Jade (11).
|Hometown:||Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.|
|College:||Lake Superior State (2013)|
Brian Cooper, of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., played for the Lakers from 2009-12 and competed requirements for an exercise science degree in May, 2013. He is in his second season on the coaching staff. He served as a student assistant coach in 2012-13 and was promoted to director of hockey operations in 2013-14.
He is the grandson of former LSSU athlete, coach and director of athletics Bud Cooper.
|Hometown:||Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.|
Keith Carson, a junior from Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., is in his
season as a student manager for the Laker hockey team. He is a
homeland security major.
Wes DeJong, a sophomore from Waterford, Mich., is in his second
as a student manager for the Laker hockey team. He is a sports and
recreation management major with a minor in coaching.