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Colorado College signs hockey coach Mike Haviland to multiyear contract extension

April 4, 2018 Updated: April 4, 2018 at 9:08 pm
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Colorado College head coach Mike Haviland yells at his players as Colorado College takes on the University of Alabama-Huntsville for the first game of the regular season Friday, October 10, 2014 at the Broadmoor World Arena. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

Fresh off a turnaround season, Colorado College and hockey coach Mike Haviland have agreed to a multiyear extension. Terms were not disclosed.

“We started talking midseason,” Haviland said. “I think we knew we’d get something done.

“I’m super excited about it and looking forward to the future.”

He is 35-96-13 overall in four seasons at Colorado College, and led the Tigers to a 15-17-5 mark this year. The Tigers took defending national champion Denver to three games, but were eliminated in the first round of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference playoffs.

“It’s nice to have some security,” Haviland said. “In this business that I’m in, you’re always as good as your seasons.”

Haviland was hired on May 9, 2014 and signed a multiyear deal that week. He has coached in the NCAA, ECHL, AHL and NHL, winning a Stanley Cup as an assistant coach of the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010. He is a recipient of the Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award, given to the AHL Coach of the Year.

The Colorado College brass think Haviland will bring the team closer to its first winning season since 2011-12 and first NCAA Tournament berth since 2011.

“We felt it was important to send a strong message to recruits and other hockey personnel that he will be behind the bench for many years to come in Colorado Springs,” CC athletic director Ken Ralph said in a team release.

“There is a lot of positive momentum surrounding our team right now and we are all excited to watch the program continue to grow under Mike’s leadership.”

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