by Andy Hutchison || AHL On The Beat Archive
It’s a hockey reunion of sorts behind the Bridgeport Sound Tigers’ bench this season. Head coach Dan Marshall and assistant Joe Ferras, both of whom are new to the organization, were teammates at the State University of New York at
They won the NCAA Division III championship with
“That’s the way Danny always was as a player. Whatever it takes to win – those are the guys you want to go to battle with,” Ferras said.
Ferras had his uniform number 77 retired at
“Joey has a certain feel for the game,”
“We both have a great passion for the game – it’s the only thing we’ve ever known,” said Ferras, alluding to the fact both men have earned their living through hockey since their days at
The former teammates went their separate ways after college – both played and coached professionally in other leagues – but have been in touch and, in fact, have worked together throughout the years.
Although their new roles with the Sound Tigers marks the first time they will be on the same bench since their
“We’ve stayed in contact all these years. We have the utmost respect for each other,” Ferras said. “I’m excited to have an opportunity to work for Dan.