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Union’s Rick Bennett Receives Contract Extension

According to Ken Schott of The Daily Gazette, Union head coach Rick Bennett received a one-year contract extension on Friday. The extension takes Bennett’s contract through the 2022-23 season.

“It was mutual,” Bennett told the paper. “I’m really grateful to [athletic director] Jim McLaughlin for giving me a chance to be a head coach here. That showed a lot of faith in him. I can’t thank Jim enough. We basically, at the end of the year, came to an agreement and worked it out throughout the summer, with the blessing of president [Stephen] Ainlay and vice president Strom Thacker, it came about.”

Bennett joined the Union coaching staff in 2005 under Nate Leaman, who is now at Providence. Bennett took over the head coaching job from Leaman when he left for the Friars in 2011.

Bennett was behind the bench when Union won its first national championship in 2014.

According to The Daily Gazette, Bennett received a four-year extension in 2012, a one-year extension in 2013 and a two-year extension in 2014, after the national title.

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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