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|coached the team to five national championship appearances. Since joining the FGCU Hockey team in early 2002 the Eagles have been in a winning mode and have earned a record of 166-49-7-2 with Coach Brinkworth behind the bench.
The ACHA D2 Selects have made European trips both during the 2007-2008 and 2009-2010 seasons tallying up an undefeated 11-0-0 record against some of the best professional teams that Europe has to offer. As the administrative staff endeavor to put together one of the toughest schedules in the history of the D2 Selects, the challenge will be to keep the undefeated record overseas alive. Brinkworth noted, “The goals are different for this upcoming trip in terms of wins and losses. Playing higher-level teams that will allow better exposure for our players is the ultimate goal.” Coach Brinkworth further explains that the “goal for this team is to bring back a very positive feeling on the whole experience of the trip, and set the foundation for the group that will follow two years later.”
The selection process for the players that are chosen to represent both the ACHA and the United States in the sport of hockey is certainly intense. Coach Brinkworth expects to name his complementary coaching staff shortly and this staff will use the ACHA D2 All Star Challenge from April 1-3, 2011 in West Chester, Pennsylvania as a significant part of the evaluation process. Players interested in making this team will be expected to attend this event with their respective all-star squads. Interested players will need to fill-out an online application and continue to perform well on the ice and academically with their own university teams. Brinkworth is not looking to reinvent the wheel with the selection process and points out that “The ACHA has done an outstanding job in selecting and preparing for the first two trips, and I want the group that is selected to feel a sense of pride in how they perform on the ice as well as enjoy the cultural experiences of the countries visited during the trip.” Players will have plenty of opportunity to show off their abilities throughout the remainder of this season and further cement their cases for roster spots at the 2011 D2 All Star Challenge. Brinkworth is quick to point out that, “A good hockey player for this team will be evaluated on his ability, attitude and character. His showing at the All Star Challenge will be my, along with the other coaches selected, best opportunity to evaluate all three.”
|Born on May 10, 1942, Bob began skating and playing hockey on the ponds and rinks in his hometown Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Bob attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, New York, where he played three years of hockey at the NCAA Division 1 level. While at RPI, he was named "ECAC Rookie of the Year" in 1962 and "ECAC Player of the Year" both in 1963 and 1964. He earned 216 points in 71 games while at RPI and is tied with Adam Oates as the third leading scorer in Rensselaer hockey history. Bob was named as an All-American twice and is considered one of the best Captains in RPI sports history. Brinkworth was drafted by the Montreal Canadians upon graduation and immediately turned pro.
Bob started his professional career with the Omaha Knights of the Central Professional Hockey League (CPHL) in 1964. He then played in the American Hockey League (AHL) for the Providence Reds and Baltimore Clippers from 1965-1969. After much success in the AHL, Brinkworth moved on to capture two Turner Cups while playing in the International Hockey League (IHL) for the Port Huron Wings (the Detroit Red Wings farm team) from 1970-1974. At the end of the 1973-1974 season, Bob retired from professional hockey after playing nine seasons, amassing 335 points as a pro.
Brinkworth started his coaching career in the Michigan hockey system, standing behind the bench of such notable teams as the Little Caesars "AAA" Hockey Club. He has coached at both the amateur and professional levels and helped produce National Hockey League (NHL) standouts Adam Burt, formerly of the Carolina Hurricanes, and Mike Modano, of the Dallas Stars.
Bob has enjoyed a long list of awards for his contributions to the sport of hockey including being inducted into the RPI Ring of Honor in 2009 and inducted into the ECAC Hall of Fame in 2010. Coach Brinkworth was also honored as the 2009 ACHA Men’s Division 2 Coach of the Year and was also selected to serve as an assistant coach for the 2009-2010 ACHA Division 2 Selects, which traveled overseas to Europe to compete against semi-professional teams from Italy, France, Austria, Switzerland, and Germany. Former D2 Selects Head Coach Paul Lowden commented on Brinkworth landing the head coaching position by saying, "It will be a great experience for the players to be coached by Bob Brinkworth, as he has done an outstanding job building the FGCU program from scratch." Lowden goes on to say "Bob has a lifetime of experience having played NCAA D1 hockey for RPI as well as being a part of the NHL Alumni Select team that traveled overseas to play several European teams. The 2011 Select Team players will be the beneficiaries of Bob's insight to the game."
|Bob Brinkworth to Lead D2 Selects Behind the Bench
Coach Brinkworth Earns Head Coaching Position
January 19, 2011
Returning back to the ACHA D2 Selects coaching staff for the 2011-2012 Tour is Bob Brinkworth, but this time as the Head Coach. Brinkworth commented on being selected to lead the coaching staff of the ACHA D2 Selects by saying, “I feel honored to be selected as the head coach by the ACHA, and look forward to the selection process and making the trip to Europe with the strongest team possible.” After a successful stint behind the bench during the last trip overseas, Brinkworth has been asked to take the reins of the D2 Selects as the head coach. Brinkworth is currently enjoying a successful seventh season as a coach for the Division 2 Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) Eagles Hockey team in Fort Myers, Florida and during his time with the Eagles, Bob has successfully