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Union Extends Bennett's Contract

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SCHENECTADY, N.Y. — Union has extended the contract of coach Rick Bennett through the 2018-19 season.

In Bennett’s first year as head coach, Union finished 26-8-7 and 14-4-4 in ECAC Hockey. The Dutchmen earned their first trip to the Frozen Four with wins over Mass.-Lowell and Michigan State in the East Regional of the NCAA Tournament. Union won its first Whitelaw Cup as ECAC Hockey Tournament Champions and its second consecutive Cleary Cup, capturing the ECAC Hockey regular-season title.

“We are very proud of Rick Bennett’s remarkable accomplishments in his first season as the head coach of our men’s ice hockey program,” athletic director Jim McLaughlin said. “Rick helped bring unprecedented national attention to our college, as well as tremendous pride to our alumni nationwide. As well as leading our program to the most successful season in history on the ice, he also has recruited quality young men who excel in the classroom and the community. Our entire campus community is grateful for his efforts and I am extremely pleased that we will continue to have him serve our student-athletes in the years to come.”

Said Bennett, “I'm very honored and humbled by the new contract. I would like to express my gratitude toward assistant coaches Joe Dumais, and Jason Tapp, Joel Beal. Also, I want to acknowledge the student-athletes of the 2011-12 team as well as our outstanding support staff for their hard work in making this new contract possible. I truly enjoy the opportunity to serve this program at such a special institution.”

Bennett has served the Union program since 2005-06, when he was as an assistant coach, and was the associate head coach at Union from 2007-2011.

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