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St. Lawrence hires Brent Brekke as head hockey coach

St. Lawrence will hire Brent Brekke as its new head coach, sources told CHN. SLU confirmed the hire late on Saturday.

Brekke spent last season at Clarkson, SLU’s storied rival, after 10 years as an assistant at Miami and nine years on Mike Schafer’s staff at Cornell. He played his college career at Western Michigan.

Brekke helped guide Clarkson to an ECAC Championship in one season as an assistant coach. In his previous stops, he served on a number of regular-season and tournament championship teams. Three times, Brekke coached in the Frozen Four — Cornell in 2003 and Miami in 2009 and 2010. He is an alumus of Western Michigan.

Terms of Brekke’s contract are not yet known.

“I am excited to join the Laurentian Hockey family and was interested in the position because of the incredible history and legacy of the program,” said Brekke. “The University’s commitment of resources combined with the renovation of Appleton Arena give us a great chance to be successful.”

Brekke’s name has been mentioned as a candidate at St. Lawrence job since the school fired Mark Morris on March 29 after three dreadful seasons. It took a while for SLU to get to that point, however.

Last season, Brekke lost his job at Miami after a decade in a last-gasp effort to get the program back on track under Enrico Blasi. Brekke emerged as a favorite for the Alaska job last summer before turning it down to work as an assistant under Casey Jones. Blasi was fired March 19 after his assistant shuffling yielded little results on the ice.

St. Lawrence’s search ends after some turmoil. The Saints offered American International coach Eric Lang the job weeks ago. However, Lang turned down SLU to return to alma mater in Springfield. Earlier this week, Tri-City Storm head coach Anthony Noreen, who was a finalist three years ago as well, emerged as a candidate alongside Brekke.

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