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UMass hockey coach Cahoon resigns

UMass hockey Don "Toots" Cahoun resigned Tuesday in what looks like a forced ouster.

"Through the course of our recent conversations, coach Cahoon and I mutually agreed that it would be in the program's best interest for him to take this action at this time," UMAss athletic director John McCutcheon said in a statement. "I want to thank coach Cahoon for his many contributions to UMass and the community. He has positioned the program well for future success, both on and off the ice, and we are excited to continue to build on the foundation that he has put in place."

Whenever you see the words "mutually agreed," it's a forced resignation.

Cahoon compiled a 166-225-42 record in his 12 years with the Minutemen. He has a career record of 333-380-73 in his 25 years as a head coach, which included his time at Princeton (1991-2000). He guided the Tigers to the 1998 ECAC Hockey tournament title.

"It's been an honor to coach and work with so many fine student-athletes over the last 12 years here at UMass," Cahoon said. "Their efforts and the efforts of the faculty, staff and community members will be fond memories of my time here at Massachusetts. I look forward to the continued growth and development of this program so that it will sustain itself at the most elite level within Hockey East. The privilege has been all mine."

UMass was 13-18-5 last season.

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