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DelCastillo Out at Alaska

CHN Staff Report

According to numerous reports, Alaska coach Doc DelCastillo has been removed from his job.

The move means that the Nanooks will be looking for their third head coach in a year. Last year, Tavis MacMillan resigned after three seasons for personal reasons. He was replaced by DelCastillo, 39, a former assistant at Nebraska-Omaha, who lasted only one season.

According to reports, there was dissension within the program, with three players recently leaving early, and upwards of 20 players expected to come in as freshmen next season.

Among those that left were all-CCHA defenseman Tyler Eckford, plus freshmen Landon Novotney and Jeff Penner.

Recently, in a report in the Fairbanks News-Miner, Alaska-Fairbanks vice chancellor Jake Poole said, "To be honest with you, we're talking about all the different options, so nothing has been decided. So, we're waiting to talk some more with Doc over the next couple of days. This is the time of year that we're talking to everybody."

The Nanooks were 9-21-5 overall this past season, 8-16-4 in the CCHA. Finishing in ninth, UAF lost in triple overtime in the deciding Game 3 of the first-round CCHA playoff series with Nebraska-Omaha.

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