|Alma Mater:||Middlebury '92|
Brent Truchon returns for his eighth season as an assistant coach with the Saint Michael's men's ice hockey team in 2019-20.
The Purple Knights registered a 7-5-3 mark in Northeast-10 Conference play during the 2018-19 season, while a non-conference highlight was a 4-4 tie with Nichols College, which was receiving national votes after qualifying for the prior year's NCAA Division III Tournament. Thanks to back-to-back shutouts during the final weekend of the regular season, Saint Michael's locked down the No. 3 seed in the NE10 Championship before losing a 3-2 decision to Southern New Hampshire University in a semifinal, its sixth one-goal loss of a competitive season. The Purple and Gold notched a goals-against average below 3.00 (2.90) for the second straight year.
Saint Michael's played primarily an NE10 schedule for the first time in 2017-18, finishing 9-5-1 in conference play to take second place while going 15-10-2 overall, its highest win total in 19 years, despite fielding a roster that carried 12 first-years. After a 6-5 overtime victory over Assumption College in an NE10 Championship semifinal, the Purple Knights suffered a 6-5 overtime loss in the title game to long-time rival Saint Anselm College. The Purple and Gold set school records for GAA (2.68) and save percentage (.914), while its 9-3-2 record away from home was the best in the NE10.
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 NE10 regular-season co-championship and finishing as the tournament runner-up. 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' 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 NE10 standings but missed a postseason berth by virtue of a tiebreaker.
For the second straight season, the Purple Knights advanced to the NE10 Championship title game during the winter of 2014-15, ultimately falling to Saint Anselm College, 6-3. Saint Michael's shared the NE10 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 College and No. 11 University of Massachusetts at Boston. As the fourth seed in the NE10 Championship, Saint Michael's snapped top-seeded Stonehill College's 10-game winning streak by taking a 2-1 semifinal match-up before falling 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 NE10 Championship champion Saint Anselm College 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 Division III Tournament quarterfinalist Babson College 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).