Bruce Delventhal

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Bruce Delventhal
Biographical details
BornEnglewood, NJ, USA
Alma materHamilton College
Playing career
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1981–1983Princeton (asst.)
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
2005–2016Plattsburgh State
Head coaching record
Overall176–150–23 (.537)
Tournaments7–3 (.700)
Accomplishments and honors
1985 ECAC West Champion
1985 NCAA National Champion (D-III)
1986 ECAC West Champion
1986 ECAC West Tournament Champion
1994 ECAC Coach of the Year
2015 John "Snooks" Kelly Founders Award

Bruce Delventhal is a retired American ice hockey player, coach and administrator who led two ice hockey programs before becoming the athletic director for Plattsburgh State.[1]


Born in Englewood, New Jersey, Delventhal is a graduate of Hamilton College.[2] earned a Masters from Princeton Seminary and became an assistant coach for the Tigers ice hockey team.[3] In 1984 Delventhal became the head coach for RIT and led the team to its first Division III national title the same year. After finishing third in the national with a school record 31 wins the following year the Tigers declined to middling records over the proceeding two years before Delventhal left to take over at Union.

In his first three seasons with the Skating Dutchmen Delventhal got the team to produce records well above .600 and reached the NCAA tournament in 1989.[4] In 1991 Union was accepted into ECAC Hockey and promoted their ice hockey team to Division I. As a result of playing much more talented teams the Dutchmen's record dropped to 3–21–2 in 1991–92 but by their third season in the top echelon Union produced a winning record and Delventhal was named the ECAC Coach of the Year for his efforts. The Dutchmen declined to sub-.500 records for the next two years and Delventhal left the program in 1996.

With his coaching career over Delventhal spent eight years as the North American sales manager for fishing companies Yo-Zuri and Seaguar. In 2005 he was named as the Athletic director for Plattsburgh State and remained with the school until his retirement in 2016. During his time as AD he was responsible for the $2.1 million of the Stafford Ice Arena and founding the Friends of Plattsburgh State Athletics, a fundraiser for the department. At the time of his retirement Delventhal had been the Secretary/Treasurer for the AHCA since 1988 and a board member of Hockey Coaches Care, an NCO.[1]

College Head coaching record[5][6][edit]

Statistics overview
Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
RIT Tigers (ECAC West) (1984–1988)
1984–85 RIT 26–6–1 20–2–0 1st National Champion
1985–86 RIT 31–6–0 22–3–0 1st NCAA Consolation Game (Win)
1986–87 RIT 16–12–0 10–3–0 ECAC West First Round
1987–88 RIT 14–15–1 8–6–1 ECAC West Semifinals
RIT: 87–39–2 60–14–1
Union Skating Dutchmen (ECAC West) (1988–1991)
1988–89 Union 19–8–2 16–6–1 4th NCAA Quarterfinals
1989–90 Union 16–8–3 14–5–3 5th
1990–91 Union 17–6–3 16–4–3 4th
Union: 52–22–8 46–15–7
Union Skating Dutchmen (ECAC Hockey) (1991–1996)
1991–92 Union 3–21–1 2–19–1 12th
1992–93 Union 3–22–0 3–19–0 12th
1993–94 Union 15–11–4 10–9–3 6th 1994 ECAC Quarterfinals
1994–95 Union 9–16–4 6–12–4 T–10th 1995 ECAC Preliminary
1995–96 Union 7–19–4 4–15–3 11th
Union: 37–89–13 25–74–11
Total: 176–150–23

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

† Lowell was a provisional member of ECAC Hockey and only played a non-conference schedule.


  1. ^ a b "Director of Athletics Bruce Delventhal to Retire in January 2016". Plattsburgh State Cardinals. July 29, 2015. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  2. ^ Bruce Delventhal, Accessed October 11, 2018. "Born -- Englewood, NJ"
  3. ^ "Bruce Delventhal - Staff Directory - Plattsburgh State". Plattsburgh State Cardinals. Archived from the original on October 12, 2018. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  4. ^ "Union Men's Hockey Team History". Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  5. ^ "RIT Hockey 2010-11 Media Guide" (PDF). RIT Tigers. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  6. ^ "Union Hockey 2017-18 Media Guide" (PDF). Union Dutchmen. Retrieved October 11, 2018.

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Roger Demment
ECAC Coach of the Year
Succeeded by
Bob Gaudet