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Report: Niagara down to three candidates to lead hockey program

Niagara is still in the process of hiring its new hockey coach and three names have surfaced in media reports as getting second interviews from the university.

Jeff Cox reported that Niagara is interested in Jason Lammers, Ethan Moreau and Blaise MacDonald.

Lammers has been the head coach of the Dubuque Fighting Saints in the USHL, the premier junior hockey league in the United States, for the past two seasons. He has plenty of assistant coaching experience in college hockey on his resume including spending three seasons (2012-15) as the associate head coach at UMass-Lowell.

Moreau was an assistant with Niagara this season, his first at Monteagle Ridge. Moreau was a first-round draft pick of Chicago in 1994 and played 928 games in the NHL with the Blackhawks, Edmonton Oilers, Columbus Blue Jackets and L.A. Kings.

MacDonald was the original architect of the Niagara program, coaching the team from its formation in 1996 through 2001 when he moved to UMass-Lowell. He spent 10 seasons bumpy seasons with the River Hawks and was let go after the 2010-11 season when UMass-Lowell went 5-25-4. He has spent the last five seasons at Division III Colby College in Waterville, Maine, where he has an overall record of  45-60-18.

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