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Union hockey coach Bennett rewarded again with contract extension (updates with Bennett quotes)

After guiding the Union hockey team to a second straight ECAC Hockey tournament championship and getting the Dutchmen a game away from a second consecutive Frozen Four appearance, coach Rick Bennett has been rewarded yet again.

Union athletic director Jim McLaughlin announced Tuesday that the college has given Bennett a one-year contract extension.

It's the second consecutive year Bennett has received an extension. He got a four-year contract extension last June after guiding the Dutchmen to the ECACH regular-season and tournament titles and reaching the Frozen Four for the first time in the program's Division I history.

Bennett, who has been with Union as an assistant/associate head coach since the 2005-06 season, was promoted to head coach on April 22, 2011, after Nate Leaman resigned to become head coach at Providence College.

“I’m just extremely grateful to [Union] president [Stephen] Ainlay, [vice president of academic affairs and dean of the faculty] Therese McCarty and Jim McLaughlin for showing their faith in me and loyalty in this job,” Bennett said. “I’m really humbled by it. I’ve been fortunate enough to get the job about 30 minutes after Nate had left, and to my loyalty, too, to this program to not be out looking for other jobs when I am 100 percent comfortable at Union College.

“I don’t have any desire to go anywhere else. I’m extremely happy here.”

Bennett, who has a 48-21-12 career record, is completing the second year of a four-year deal he received when he replaced Leaman. Now, Bennett's contract will run through the 2019-20 season.

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