This is the 24th in a series of biographies on the 28 men behind the benches of the ECHL in 2004-05.
Monday: Jason Christie of the Peoria Rivermen
The ECHL recently asked each of its 28 coaches a series of six questions.
Here are the answers given by Trenton’s Mike Haviland.
Best player you have coached?
Best player who you played with during your career?
What is the toughest ECHL rink for a visiting team?
Cambria County War Memorial in Johnstown, Pennsylvania
If you weren’t a hockey coach, what profession would you like to try?
Who is the person you admire most?
Your ideal golf foursome would have?
Frank Sinatra, James Gandolfini (Tony Soprano)and Mark Messier
Mike Haviland was named as head coach and director of hockey operations for Trenton on June 3, 2004. Haviland returns to the Titans after three years as the head coach and director of hockey operations for the Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies, who he led to the Kelly Cup Championship in 2003 and the Northern Conference Finals in 2002. Haviland was an assistant coach during Trenton’s first two seasons in 1999-2000 and 2000-01 and recruited players as a scout for the Titans before their entrance into the ECHL. Haviland has the second-highest winning percentage among active ECHL coaches going 130-60-26 in the regular season and 22-13 in the Kelly Cup Playoffs. A native of Middletown, N.J., he was named ECHL Coach of the Year by The Hockey News after his first season in 2001-02, and he was voted by his peers to coach the Northern Conference in the 2003 ECHL All-Star Game. Selected by the New Jersey Devils in the 1990 Draft, Haviland played in the American Hockey League with Binghamton in 1989-90 and in the ECHL with Richmond and Winston-Salem in 1990-91. He helped Elmira College capture two Eastern College Athletic Conference titles and was named First Team All-America and team MVP in 1989-90 after scoring 72 points (41g-31a) in 33 games. Haviland and his family reside in Sea Girt, New Jersey.