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  Jim Roque

Jim Roque

Player Profile

Head Coach

College Experience:
Lake Superior State (1987)

Jim Roque became the ninth coach in the 41-year history of Lake Superior State 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.

During his first season (2005-06), he led the Lakers to a 15-14-7 finish and their first winning season since 1999-00. The Lakers also earned home ice for the first round of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association Playoffs for the first time since that year.

The Lakers continued their upward climb in 2006-07 by finishing 21-19-3 and reaching the CCHA semifinals at Joe Louis Arena for the first time since 1995-96. Roque and his coaching staff mentored outstanding leaders during those two seasons, including Lowe's Senior CLASS first-team and All-CCHA goaltender Jeff Jakaitis, All-CCHA defenseman Derek A. Smith and outstanding captains Steve McJannet and Barnabas Birkeland.

Roque began his third stint as an assistant coach at Lake Superior State University in 2001-02. 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 in 2001. Roque also spent two and one-half seasons coaching in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League from 1991-93. With Roque's during a four-year span under Anzalone, LSSU moved up in the CCHA standings after enduring three straight 12th-place finishes The Lakers improved to 11th in 2003-04 and ninth in 2004-05. In 2005-06, they placed sixth in the CCHA and began to attract notice in the national polls.

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 11th overall season as a coach at LSSU.

Roque played for the Lakers from 1983-87 and totaled 56 goals and 144 career points, which was good for 19th place on the Lakers' total career points chart. Roque was a part of the first recruited 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 is now the head coach of the Michigan State Spartans. He coached at LSSU from 1973 through `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 has 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. He was also a part of three Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) regular-season titles, four trips to the NCAA Tournament and one playoff championship.

He and his wife, Julia, have two children--Emma (12) and Abby (10).

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