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New coach plans meeting with current CC assistants

Published: May 9, 2014, 2:20 pm, by Joe Paisley

havilandNew Colorado College hockey coach Mike Haviland will meet with current assistants Joe Bonnett and Eric Rud to talk about the current and incoming players and their futures in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference program.

“I would like to sit down and talk to them about the players and get a feel for them,” he said. “I have heard great things about them.”

The longtime professional coach beat them and seven others finalists out for the job, which came open in early April when Scott Owens resigned following a 7-24-6 season. The job drew 60-plus applications, athletic director Ken Ralph said.

Rud2010-11gb31Both expressed interest in staying on with the program before the announcement was made Friday morning. Rud said he had not been contacted by Haviland as of Friday afternoon.

“I am looking at all my career options,” the former CC All-American defenseman said.

Bonnett did not respond yet to a telephone message left Friday afternoon.

Bonnett MUGHaviland expects to arrive in Colorado Springs on Sunday to meet them and current and past players in the area. A press conference or a public reception introducing Haviland is expected next week.

The hire fills the last college head coach opening this offseason. Western Collegiate Hockey Association member Lake Superior State hired Damon Whitten on April 26.

Two junior coaching jobs remain open as of mid-May, including the U.S. Hockey League’s Des Moines Buccaneers and the North American Hockey League’s Johnstown (Pa.) Tomahawks.