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BOSTON — The night after St. Lawrence lost to Harvard in overtime of the ECAC semifinals, Greg Carvel was enjoying the championship game when his wife tapped him on the shoulder.

“She told me that she heard UMass was going to call me,” Carvel said.

The following Monday, UMass director of athletics Ryan Bamford was on the phone.

That began the process of Carvel becoming the next head coach of the Minutemen. He was introduced at a formal press conference on Thursday morning and met with the Boston media and alumni at the UMass Club in downtown Boston on Thursday afternoon.

While Carvel is excited about the future, leaving St. Lawrence was an emotional and difficult decision. He took over the program in 2012 and in just four years, built it from a team that finished 11th in the league the year before he arrived to a team that was consistently competing near the top of the ECAC.

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Mike McMahon is in his 13th 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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