Press Box

June 13, 2005


MARQUETTE, Mich. â€Â“ Dave Shyiak the associatehead coach of the Northern Michigan University hockey team has resigned hisposition with the Wildcats to accept the head coaching position at the University of Alaska Anchorage.  Shyiak takes over for John Hill, who resigned his positionwith the Seawolves to accept an assistant hockey coaching position at the University of Minnesota.


UAA is a member of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association(WCHA) and finished the 2004-05 campaign with a 12-19-6 overall record and a9-15-4 slate in the WCHA, which was good for seventh place in the conference. 


Walt Kyle, the head coach at NMU, said with Shyiak takingthis job it will be a big loss for the â€Â˜Cats.  â€ÂœOn a personal note, it is realgratifying to see Dave get this opportunity.  I recruited him and have workedwith him,â€Â Kyle said.  â€ÂœThis is a great opportunity for him.  Every assistantcoach wants to be a head coach.  We wish him all the best.â€Â


Shyiak just completed his 10th season on the â€Â˜Catstaff and third as the associate head coach. Ã‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚  He has played an integral rolein developing the NMU program into one of the most respected in the country.  Shyiakwas named the recruiting coordinator in 1995.  NMU has advanced to the CCHASuper Six the three previous seasons and have averaged around 20 wins a yearduring his tenure as an assistant coach.


A co-captain on NMUâ€Â™s NCAA Championship squad in 1991, whichposted a school-record 38-5-4 mark, as well as a member of two WCHA PlayoffChampionship units (1989 and 1991), he received his bachelorâ€Â™s degree inphysical education from Northern Michigan in 1993.  Shyiak was a four-timeletterwinner for the â€Â˜Cats. 


He joined the NMU coaching staff after a two-year stint inthe British Columbia junior hockey leagues.  Shyiak was the head coach of theMerritt Centennials of the British Columbia Junior Hockey League in 1994-95 andthe Kimberly Dynamiters of the Rocky Mountain Junior Hockey League in 1993-94. He led the Dynamiters to a 40-9-3 ledger and captured the regular-seasonchampionship and playoff title en route to earning Coach of the Year honors. Shyiak also coached the North American Select Team in 2000 and 2001 thatcompeted at the World â€ÂœJunior Aâ€Â Hockey Tournament in Tampere, Finland.  The team captured a silver medal both years in the annual 10-team tourney. 


Ken Godfrey, the NMU Athletic Director, feels that Shyiak isready for this move.  â€ÂœI have felt that Dave has been ready for a move likethis for some time,â€Â Godfrey said.  â€ÂœWe wish him and his family all the best.â€ÂÃƒÃ‚‚ 


The Brandon, Manitoba native played professional hockey forone year in Scotland for the Murryfield Racers of the British Super League. During the 1992-93 season, Shyiak served as a student-assistant whilecompleting work on his degree and helped guide the Wildcats to the NCAA FinalEight.


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Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director