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Published April 19, 2012, 05:52 PM

UND's Hakstol Signs 6-year Contract Extension

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - UND men's hockey coach Dave Hakstol says he has the best job in hockey. And on Thursday, UND made sure Hakstol will stay in his job by signing him to a six-year contract extension.

By: Pat Sweeney, WDAZ

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - UND men's hockey coach Dave Hakstol says he has the best job in hockey. And on Thursday, UND made sure Hakstol will stay in his job by signing him to a six-year contract extension.

Hakstol is in the last year of a five-year deal. In his first eight seasons as Sioux head coach, he has become the third-winningest coach in school history, with 213 victories and a winning percentage of 653.

He has led his teams to eight NCAA tournaments, five Frozen Fours, four WCHA playoff titles and two WCHA regular season titles.

Hakstol says he's grateful that UND has confidence in him.

"I know the reality of sports and the business of sports certainly. You have to go out and do a good job day in and day out and those are the things I'm going to concentrate on most, so really excited to have the opportunity, really pleased and thankful to have the chance to have that type of security for our staff," Hakstol said. "But most importantly I'm excited to go back to work and get focused on next year."

According to Athletic Director Brian Faison, Hakstol will get a base salary of $300,000 with bonuses. Hakstol could make an additional $135,000 a year. His previous contract called for a base salary of $210,000 a year.

Faison says it was critical for UND to continue the momentum Hakstol has established.

"My experience with Dave in my four years is he's been excellent to work with. Certainly from the standpoint of competitiveness, the record speaks for itself. When you look at the success his student-athletes have got in the classroom, it says I think legions about his commitment to academic performance as far as athletes," Faison said.

"And another component is community service. The hockey team every year is one of our leading teams in terms of reaching back to the community and helping out. Those are important to me, they're important to the university and we're glad we have Dave behind the bench."

Since Hakstol became Sioux head coach, only Michigan and Boston College have won more games than UND.

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