Men’s Hockey: Pereira gets it done behind the bench and off the ice

By matt barresi • October 18, 2018 • 6:09 A.m.

Joe Pereira works hard.

Why wouldn’t he? It’s how he played at Boston University, it’s what he looks for in prospective players and it’s what he and head coach Mike Cavanaugh expect of the current squad.

The Huskies’ associate head coach takes that hustle to their recruiting initiatives. When touted Russian newcomer Ruslan Ishakhov scores a crafty goal, or receives some Hockey East honors, just know the precursor was Pereira getting up at 3 or 4 a.m. every day for two months to make an international phone call to Moscow. He grinded out the recruitment and landed one of Russian juniors’ top players, a rarity in college hockey.