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April 10, 2013

Maine fires head hockey coach after 12 years

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“I love our returning core of players and our incoming recruits. I’m confident this team will build on our strong second half this season, and that they will compete among the top programs in the nation next year,” he said.

Ferguson, who said a national search for a new coach will begin immediately, heaped praise on his outgoing coach.

“Tim’s positive character and demonstrated commitment to developing our hockey players as student-athletes have been outstanding,” he said. “We as a university are grateful for that commitment to student success.”

Maine was just 7-12-8 in Hockey East this season, a disappointing finish in a year where the league seemed up for grabs. Massachusetts Lowell won the conference regular-season and tournament titles, and will play in the Frozen Four this week in Pittsburgh, along with St. Cloud State, Quinnipiac and Yale.

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