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Dallas Ferguson Steps Down at Alaska for WHL Job

Alaska coach Dallas Ferguson has resigned, and will be announced as the new head coach of the WHL’s Calgary Hitmen at a news conference Tuesday, the University of Alaska confirmed Tuesday.

Ferguson, an alumnus of Alaska, has been head coach since 2008-09, and led the Nanooks to the only NCAA tournament appearance in the program’s history in his second season, 2009-10.

According to reports, Ferguson was also recently a finalist for the head coaching opening with the WHL’s Spokane Chiefs.

“On behalf of my family and me, we want to thank the University of Alaska Fairbanks for the opportunity they have given us,” Ferguson said in a statement. “This journey started in 1992 and I feel very fortunate to have been able to play, work and coach with such wonderful people throughout the years. Fairbanks is an amazing community that is made up of some of the most passionate and caring people I have ever surrounded myself with. As we move into the next chapter in our lives, we will always keep Fairbanks close to our hearts.”

This will make the ninth head coach change in D-I men’s hockey this offseason, and July is an unusually late time for a school to be seeking a new head coach.

Mike McMahon is in his 12th year covering Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune and is the founder and managing editor of The Mack Report. Mike also serves on staff as a senior writer at College Hockey News. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcMahonCHN

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