Mass, 46, is entering his second season as an assistant coach with the San Jose Barracuda. Outside of the AHL, Mass has 12 years of coaching experience between the ECHL, NCAA and WHL. The Anchorage, Alaska native spent the last four seasons with the Everett Silvertips, where he served last year as an associate coach and the three prior years as an assistant. While in Everett, Mass, who worked predominantly with the defense corps, helped the Silvertips become one of the stingiest teams in the entire Canadian Hockey League. Before his time in Everett, he coached four seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Alaska-Anchorage and the five campaigns before that as an assistant coach with the ECHL’s Alaska Aces.
Mass, who was a defenseman as a player, skated four years in the USHL between the Rochester Mustangs and Lincoln Stars, winning a Clark Cup with Lincoln in 1997. After the USHL, he played four seasons at Bowling Green State University before turning pro. His pro career spanned five years in the ECHL with the Pensacola Ice Pilots, Pee Dee Pride, Louisiana IceGators and Alaska Aces, winning a Kelly Cup in 2006 with the Aces. In 312 ECHL games, he notched 51 points (nine goals, 42 assists), 452 penalty minutes and a plus-17 rating.