MARQUETTE, Mich. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ 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.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ 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.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Walt Kyle, the head coach at NMU, said with Shyiak takingthis job it will be a big loss for the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œOn a personal note, it is realgratifying to see Dave get this opportunity.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ I recruited him and have workedwith him,ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Kyle said.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œThis is a great opportunity for him.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Every assistantcoach wants to be a head coach.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ We wish him all the best.ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Shyiak just completed his 10th season on the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Catstaff and third as the associate head coach.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ He has played an integral rolein developing the NMU program into one of the most respected in the country.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Shyiakwas named the recruiting coordinator in 1995.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ 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 NMUÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™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 bachelorÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s degree inphysical education from Northern Michigan in 1993.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Shyiak was a four-timeletterwinner for the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
He joined the NMU coaching staff after a two-year stint inthe British Columbia junior hockey leagues.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ 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.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ 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.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Shyiak also coached the North American Select Team in 2000 and 2001 thatcompeted at the World ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œJunior AÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Hockey Tournament in Tampere, Finland.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The team captured a silver medal both years in the annual 10-team tourney.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Ken Godfrey, the NMU Athletic Director, feels that Shyiak isready for this move.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œI have felt that Dave has been ready for a move likethis for some time,ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Godfrey said.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œWe wish him and his family all the best.ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
The Brandon, Manitoba native played professional hockey forone year in Scotland for the Murryfield Racers of the British Super League.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ 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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