NEH Alum to Run Hockey Operations at Rodman Arena
April 3rd, 2014
Former Northeast Elite Hockey (NEH) standout Dana Borges has been named Director of Hockey Operations for Rodman Arena (formerly Iorio Arena). In his new position, Borges will work with each of the hockey organizations that operate at the Rodman facility, including NEH, Walpole Express, and RB Hockey.
“Our programs have grown rapidly so we are expanding our management to keep pace,” explained Rob Reilly. “Dana will work hand in hand with Rob Barletta and myself, and will be focused on expanding all of the hockey programs run out of our facility,” Reilly said. “Rob and I are looking forward to the skills, talent and hard work we know Dana will bring to his new role. We are confident he will hit the ground running and accomplish great things with our various hockey programs.”
Raised in Taunton, Mass. Borges learned the game as a youth player within the NEH organization, and played four years at Coyle Cassidy High School. He currently holds the second highest all-time points total at the school. “Having grown up playing in the NEH program and attending RB Hockey camps, I am extremely excited to be able to come back and work within the organizations that not only shaped the player I became, but also the person as well,” Borges said.
After a year at Williston Northampton, Borges attended Stonehill College playing 100 games as a Skyhawk. During his collegiate career he tallied 87 points on 29 goals and 58 assists, and led the NE-10 as a senior with 37 points (eighth in the nation). He sits 10th all-time in career assists. Borges was named to the NE-10 rookie team, and earned first-team honors in his senior year. He also was a semi-finalist for the Joe Concannon award that recognizes the top American-born players at the D2/D3 level. In addition, Borges was the recipient of the Northeast-10 Conference’s inaugural Man of the Year award, which honors senior student-athletes for their collective achievements in service, leadership, athletics, and academics.
While at Stonehill, the two-time captain not only excelled on the ice but also in the classroom and the community. As a senior, Borges was the recipient of the Edward E. Martin Male Scholar-Athlete Award (given annually to the senior student-athlete who demonstrates combined excellence in academics, athletics, and citizenship), and the Fr. John McCarthy, C.S.C., Leadership Award (given annually to the senior student-athlete who demonstrates exemplary leadership). He was also a three-time NE-10 Academic All-Conference selection and three-time St. Thomas Aquinas, Patron Saint of Students, medalist for having the highest cumulative grade point average of all players on the ice hockey team. One of his greatest achievements was being named a Capital One All-American following his senior year, recognizing his success on the ice and in the classroom.
At the conclusion of his Stonehill career, Borges signed a professional contract with the Evry Peaux Rouges of France’s Division II league. In addition to his responsibilities at Rodman Arena, Borges also serves as the assistant hockey coach at Stonehill College, working alongside his father David.
“Dana brings a wealth of playing and coaching experience, as well as first-hand knowledge of NEH,” Barletta said. “I am confident he will make an excellent director and will work tirelessly to continuously strengthen our various hockey programs.”