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2010-11-22 ... Michigan Tech senior forward Eric Kattelus has been dismissed from the hockey team for an un-specified violation of team rules. He had one goal and seven assists in nine games this season and 6-26--32 in 87 career games. “It is unfortunate that we had to dismiss Eric from the team,” said athletic director Suzanne Sanregret. “We have high standards for our student-athletes, and we expect them to live up to the high standards that have been set.” It was the second violation this year for Kattelus.

2010-09-28 ... Union has extended the contract of head coach Nate Leaman through the 2016-17 season.

2010-08-04 ... Minnesota State alum Ryan McKelvie has been named an assistant coach at Alaska-Anchorage. McKelvie joins the staff after Regg Simon assumed the head coach and general manager duties with the Des Moines Buccaneers of the USHL. “We are getting an up and coming young coach who will be a big asset to our program,” head coach Dave Shyiak said. “Ryan has all the attributes we were looking for in a coach and recruiter. We wanted someone who had ties to Minnesota, USHL and NAHL and the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.” McKelvie comes to UAA after serving two seasons as the associate head coach for the Wenatchee Wild of the North American Hockey League.

2010-07-28 ... Regg Simon, assistant coach at Alaska-Anchorage, is leaving to become head coach and general manager of the Des Moines Buccaneers of the USHL. Simon, a UAA alum and former team captain, coached the past two seasons for the Seawolves.

2010-06-09 ... Derek Plante, who enjoyed an All-American playing career at Minnesota-Duluth nearly two decades ago, is returning to his alma mater to take on a new role -- assistant men's hockey coach. He takes over for Steve Rohlik, who left for Ohio State. "I can't say enough about how excited I am to be given this opportunity," said the 39-year old Plante, whose appointment officially begins June 10. " I grew up in this area, got a chance to play for my favorite college and now I get to coach here -- I couldn't be more thrilled. Coaching has always been in the back of my mind and my dad (longtime Hermantown High School Coach Bruce Plante) certainly had a lot of influence on me. ... Plante, a member of the UMD Athletic Hall of Fame (Class of 2009) had a national-best 92 points his senior year -- still the second highest single-season total in team history. The Cloquet, Minn. product captained the Bulldogs to the 1992-93 WCHA regular season title and a berth in the NCAA Regionals and, in the process, was chosen as a Hobey Baker Memorial Award finalist, a First Team All-American, the USA Hockey Male Athlete of the Year, and the WCHA Player of the Year. Planted closed out his collegiate career with 219 points on 96 goals and 123 assists in 138 outings, which currently puts him in a tie for second place on the UMD’s all-time scoring charts.

2010-04-12 ... Jim Montgomery, who has been working as an assistant coach at Rensselaer, has left to become head coach of the expansion Dubuque Fighting Saints of the USHL. Montgomery won a national championship with Maine in 1993.

2010-01-15 ... A former standout goaltender for the Golden Knights, Chris Rogles has been named assistant coach at Clarkson. He takes over for Jean-Francois Houle, who left the program in December to become head coach with Lewiston in the QMJHL. Rogles played 15 years of pro hockey, including a stint with the Chicago Blackhawks, and the IHL. He spent most of his time in Europe. Rogles had been volunteer coaching this season with Merrimack. At Clarkson, Rogles was a leading contributor in four years of unparalleled success for the program in the early 1990s. He emerged from a walk-on candidate into one of the Knights’ most successful goaltenders, helping to lead the Knights to a 92-40-11 overall record from 1989-93, four straight 20-win seasons, four consecutive showings in the NCAA Tournament, including a Frozen Four appearance (1991), two ECAC Tournament Championships crowns (1991, 1993), and a conference regular season title (1991). He compiled a 44-13-4 record, including six shutouts, a .903 save percentage and a 2.90 goals against average.

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