Bobby Jay ’88 Helps Lead U.S. Women’s Ice Hockey Team to Silver: Sochi Olympics Recap

Bobby Jay, a Merrimack College alumnus and former captain of the men’s ice hockey team, became the first Warrior in school history to lead a team to earn an Olympic Medal during the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. Jay ’88 served as assistant women’s ice hockey coach of the U.S. Women’s National Team.

Jay, who graduated in 1988 and was a captain during his four-year tenure with the Warriors, helped guide the United States to a silver medal on Thursday, February 20, at the 22nd Winter Olympiad in Russia; the U.S. dropped a 3-2 heartbreaker in overtime to Team Canada in a bittersweet finish to a dominating run over the past week.

For Jay, his seventh appearance as assistant coach for the U.S. Women’s National Team will go down as his most rewarding thanks to earning the silver medal. He previously served on the coaching staff at the 2012 and 2013 IIHF Women’s World Championships and the last three Four Nations Cups from 2011-13. He also served at the Women’s National Festival in Blaine, Minn., in 2011 and 2012.

While at Merrimack, Jay concluded his career as one of the top scoring defensemen in program history, finishing tied for 44th all-time in total assists and 11th all-time in scoring by defensemen. He also was named captain prior to the 1987-77 season and enjoyed a one-year stint with the National Hockey League’s (NHL) Los Angeles Kings in 1993-94.