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Bennett Contract Extended

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SCHENECTADY, N.Y. — Union coach Rick Bennett, one win from his second consecutive Frozen Four, has had his contract extended another year, which will take him through the 2019-20 season.

Bennett, in his second season as head coach, helped lead Union to its fourth-straight 20-win season, and 48-21-12 so far. Union also won its second straight ECAC tournament championship.

“The job that Rick Bennett has done for the Union College men’s ice hockey program has truly been remarkable,” Union athletic director Jim McLaughlin said. “As an assistant and later associate head coach, his recruiting and coaching efforts helped build us into an ECAC Hockey playoff contender, and laid a foundation for greater heights.”

Union finished the 2012-13 season with a record of 22-13-5 (10-8-4 ECAC Hockey), including a seven-game winning streak en route to the ECAC title. The Dutchmen earned their third straight trip to the NCAA tournament, defeating Boston College before falling to No. 1 Quinnipiac in the East Regional Final.

“I would like to thank President (Stephen C.) Ainlay, (Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty) Therese McCarty, and for the effort and support of Jim McLaughlin in my time as head coach,” said Bennett. “I would like to express my gratitude toward assistant coaches Joe Dumais, and Jason Tapp, Joel Beal for their loyalty and commitment in their two years. Also, I want to acknowledge the Garnet Blades and last but not least the student-athletes who have given their all for this program.”

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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