|Alma Mater:||Middlebury '92|
Brent Truchon returns for his sixth season as an assistant coach with the Saint Michael's men's ice hockey team in 2017-18.
The 2016-17 Purple Knights rebounded from a slow start to surprise a pair of nationally-ranked Division III teams mid-season before tying for the Northeast-10 Conference regular-season co-championship and finishing as the tournament runner-up for the third time in four seasons. A 2-7 start gave way to a 5-1-2 stretch that included a 4-2 win over No. 12 Babson College - the Purple and Gold's first victory against a nationally-ranked foe in nearly 13 years - and a 5-5 tie the following day versus No. 8 University of Massachusetts at Boston. As the No. 2 seed in the NE10 Championship, Saint Michael's dispatched third-seeded Stonehill College, 4-1, in a semifinal before falling to No. 4 Assumption College, 3-2, in overtime during the title game.
The Purple Knights set a school record with a .903 save percentage while registering a 3.52 GAA, just short of the two-year-old mark (3.50). Their 892 saves were the most in eight seasons.
During a season in which nine rookies joined the program, the winter of 2015-16 saw the Purple Knights lose their first five games before splitting the next four, with both losses by one goal, including 4-3 against 6th-ranked Amherst College. Saint Michael's rebounded after returning from a winter trip to Europe to go 4-3 in its first seven second-semester games. The Purple Knights tied for fourth in the final NE-10 standings but missed a postseason berth by virtue of a tiebreaker.
For the second straight season, the Purple Knights advanced to the NE-10 Championship title game during the winter of 2014-15, ultimately falling to Saint Anselm College, 6-3. Saint Michael's shared the NE-10 regular-season crown and nabbed the No. 1 seed in the tournament thanks to a 3-0-2 regular season that included tying Stonehill to end the Skyhawks' 14-game regular-season conference winning streak. With nine wins, the Purple Knights had their highest overall victories total since 2010-11 while setting school records for goals-against average (3.50) and shutouts (3).
The Purple Knights surged to a strong finish in 2013-14, going 6-4-2 down the stretch, with the ties coming on consecutive February days against nationally-ranked Division III foes in No. 3 Babson and No. 11 UMass Boston. As the fourth seed in the NE-10 Tournament, Saint Michael's snapped top-seeded Stonehill's 10-game winning streak by taking a 2-1 semifinal match-up before falling 4-1 to third-seeded Southern New Hampshire University, 4-1, in the final, trailing by just one goal into the final minute. As a team, the Purple Knights posted the fifth-best goals-against average (3.85) in school history, while their .886 save percentage tied for fifth.
During the winter of 2012-13, the Purple Knights had one of the stingiest defenses in program history, posting a 3.73 GAA, then the second-best showing in school annals, and the best since 1997-98. Saint Michael's allowed 30.7 shots on goal per game, its best performance since 1996-97. The Purple Knights also logged only 188 penalty minutes, averaging 7.5 per contest, the lowest totals among all NCAA Division I, II and III men's ice hockey teams. Among the squad's standout games were a 5-4 win in overtime on Feb. 9 against Castleton State College, which was receiving a national vote, and a 2-1 victory against three-time defending NE-10 Tournament champion Saint Anselm on Feb. 1. Saint Michael's also put together a handful of strong showings against national powers, including standing tied with No. 2 Norwich University until 13 minutes remained in a 5-2 loss on Jan. 18, and falling just 4-3 against eventual NCAA Tournament quarterfinalist Babson on Jan. 11.
A 1992 graduate of Middlebury College, Truchon concluded his career with program records for career saves (2,028) and shutouts (10) and season shutouts (5) while tying the mark for career save percentage (.915).