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Published May 03, 2012, 06:15 PM

UND Associate Men's Hockey Coach Cary Eades Let Go

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — University of North Dakota associate head hockey coach Cary Eades will not have his contract renewed as part of restructuring of the coaching staff, head coach Dave Hakstol says.

By: Associated Press,

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — University of North Dakota associate head hockey coach Cary Eades will not have his contract renewed as part of restructuring of the coaching staff, head coach Dave Hakstol says.

Eades has spent nearly two decades as a Fighting Sioux player and assistant coach. He was part of the 1980 and 1982 national championship teams as a player and the 1987 title team as a coach.

Eades told the Grand Forks Herald that "It's disappointing to hear you're not part of the plan moving forward" but that he feels privileged to have been a part of the program.

"To walk away or wish ill will on something that's been a huge part of your life since 1978 would be a pretty narrow focus," he said.

Eades in April applied for the head coach opening at Minnesota State-Mankato but did not get the job.

"It's now time for me to look forward and pursue other career opportunities, and embrace the challenges that lie ahead in my life," he said in a statement issued by the university.

Hakstol said in the statement that his decision was not an easy one.

"Cary has provided tremendous leadership to our program and to the individuals within our program, and I truly appreciate the loyalty and dedication he has demonstrated throughout his time at North Dakota," Hakstol said. "At this point in time, I felt a need to redefine and restructure the roles and duties within our coaching staff. There are no additional, underlying reasons for my decision, which was an extremely difficult one to make."

Hakstol said he hasn't set a timeline for naming a replacement.


Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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