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A timeline of Rick Bennett’s tenure with Union College men’s hockey

Union men's hockey head coach Rick Bennett listens to a question at a press conference on Jan. 27, 2014, following suspensions that were handed for the Mayor's Cup brawl two days earlier. (Gazette file photo)

Union men's hockey head coach Rick Bennett listens to a question at a press conference on Jan. 27, 2014, following suspensions that were handed for the Mayor's Cup brawl two days earlier. (Gazette file photo)

Rick Bennett resigned Friday as Union College men’s hockey head coach, eight days after he was placed on paid administrative leave following a complaint made against him with the school’s athletic department.

Bennett’s years with the Dutchmen including leading the program to the national championship in 2014. With 192 career wins at Union, Bennett is the program’s all-time winningest head coach.

The following is a timeline of key events during Bennett’s tenure at Union.

Spring 2005: Bennett is hired by head coach Nate Leaman as an assistant head coach to replace Tony Gaspirini. Bennett joins assistant Bill Riga on the staff.

Spring 2007: Leaman promotes Bennett to associate head coach.

Feb. 26, 2011: Union defeats Princeton 5-0 in the final game of the regular season to win its first ECAC Hockey regular season title.

Spring 2011: Bennett is promoted to Union head coach after Leaman steps down to become Providence head coach.

Oct. 8, 2011: In his first game as head coach, Bennett guides Union to an 8-1 win at Army.

Feb. 25, 2012: Union beats Colgate 5-3 to win its second straight ECACH regular season title.

March 17, 2012: Union defeats Harvard 3-1 to capture its first ECACH tournament title.

March 24, 2012: The Dutchmen reach the NCAA Frozen Four for the first time after beating UMass Lowell 4-2.

April 5, 2012: Union’s season ended in the Frozen Four semifinals with a 3-1 loss to Ferris State.

Jan. 25, 2014: During a postgame brawl following a Mayor’s Cup gameBennett had to be restrained from going after RPI head coach Seth Appert. Bennett receives a two-game suspension from the school, and an additional two-game suspension from the ECACH.

March 29, 2014: Union earns its second trip to the Frozen Four in three years after beating Leaman and Providence 3-1 in the NCAA East Regional final.

April 10-12, 2014: Union reigns supreme in Philadelphia. The Dutchmen beat Boston College 5-4 in the Frozen Four semifinal, and then toppled Minnesota 7-4 to win their first NCAA title.

Oct. 10, 2015: Bennett wins his 100th career game as Union beats Boston University 5-3.

Feb. 25, 2017: A 3-3 tie against Cornell earns Union a share of the ECACH regular season title with Harvard.

March 8, 2020: Union loses to Yale 2-1 in double overtime in Game 3 of the ECACH tournament first-round series to ends its season at 8-25-4, the Dutchmen’s worst season under Bennett.

Nov. 17, 2020: Union announces that its canceling the hockey season because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Jan. 20, 2022: Bennett is placed on paid administrative leave after an allegation was made against him.

Jan. 28, 2022: Bennett resigns after 17 seasons, the last 11 as head coach.

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