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Turgeon, Belfour Leave UNO

CHN Staff Report

OMAHA, Neb. — Nebraska-Omaha defenseman Tony Turgeon has signed a contract with the NHL’s Florida Panthers and will forego his senior season. The native of Grand Forks, N.D. will likely begin the season with Florida’s affiliate in the American Hockey League, the San Antonio Rampage.

UNO coach Dean Blais also said that goalie Dayn Belfour has left the team. The news came as Blais also announced a late recruit, goaltender Kirk Thompson, who comes from Prince George of the BCHL.

Belfour, the son of former NHL star goalie Ed Belfour, has only appeared in 10 games in his two seasons with the Mavericks.

Also, Alex Todd has been named assistant coach. Todd replaces Steve Johnson who left the team after one season. Todd comes to UNO from Castleton State in Vermont where he has been the head coach since 2005.  He compiled a record of 114-78-21 and last year finished with a mark of 15-10-2 overall and a 9-8-1 record in ECAC East, good for fifth place.

“Alex has had great success as a head coach at the Division III level, and he will be a good fit on our staff,” Blais said. “He is a former collegiate defenseman, and he will be working very closely with our defensemen to help them improve in all aspects of the game.”

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