You get a new hockey coach. And you get a new hockey coach. And you get a new hockey coach.
It's been a spring of turnover for hockey in Western New York. Canisius promoted assistant coach Trevor Large while Niagara hired program outsider Jason Lammers. Both hires look promising for programs which have been trending in opposite directions the last few years.
Canisius has enjoyed record success over the last five years, including its first NCAA appearance and first Atlantic Hockey regular-season championship. Large has proven himself as an incredible recruiter, drawing quality players to the Griffs while helping to solidify the program as one of the best in the league. He received unequivocal support from former coach Dave Smith and while Large will put his own stamp on the program, continuity is important. If it ain't broke, don’t fix it.
Niagara, meanwhile, has set program lows the last three seasons and Monteagle Ridge is ready for change. Lammers has an impressive resume, connections to help in recruiting and an engaging personality to inject new passion into a program with a rich history but one that has fallen behind in Atlantic Hockey.