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Between players leaving the program early ...
Between players leaving the program early in previous coach Dave Shyiak's last seasons and recruits who reversed their commitments when UAA fired Shyiak, the Seawolves find themselves with a roster heavy on sophomores and freshmen, and light on upperclassmen.
Hockey | The Northern Light
The search to replace Dave Shyiak is in full effect.
On the heels of Dave Shyiak's
firing, I sat down with junior goaltender Rob Gunderson to gain a player's perspective on the situation.
Dave Shyiak (Photo courtesy of goseawolves.com)
A statement was released March 27 by UAA announcing that the head coach of the hockey team, Dave Shyiak, will be departing from the program.
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Dave Shyiak (Photo courtesy of goseawolves.com)
UAA head hockey coach no longer with program
Hockey coach Dave Shyiak is parting ways with the Seawolves.
"The freshman have enough games under ...
"The freshman have enough games under their belts to the point we consider them veterans," said UAA Head Coach Dave Shyiak.
"I knew coming here with Coach Shyiak you earned what you get," Bailey said.
"We're a team that has to do everything by committee from the seniors down to the freshman," Shyiak
WCHA.com - Alaska Anchorage Coaching Staff
Head Coach Dave Shyiak
seventh season as head coach of the University of Alaska
Anchorage hockey program in 2011-12.
In 2009-10, Shyiak led UAA to a 11-23-5 overall record and a 9-17-2 slate in WCHA.
completed the conference season tied for 8th with Minnesota State with 20 points - the best finish under Shyiak
Throughout the season, Shyiak
led the Seawolves over nationally ranked North Dakota, Denver, Colorado College and Minnesota Dul
The Shyiak-led Seawolves captured the Alaska Airlines Governor's Cup for the third consecutive season in 2008-09, while extending their unbeaten streak against intrastate rival Alaska Fairbanks to 10 games (8-0-2).
also enjoyed victories over Connecticut, Maine and Mercyhurst for a 13-1-4 record against non-conference teams in the last three seasons combined.
During the 2008-09 season, Shyiak
led the Seawolves to their best season in the WCHA
since 2001-02 by posting a 41% winning-percentage - UAA's
fifth-best conference winning-percentage ever.
guided the Seawolves to a seven-game improvement in 2006-07 - his
second behind the bench at UAA
- while overseeing the first winning season on home ice (9-8-1) in five years.
also claimed the Nye Frontier Classic title and Alaska Airlines Governor's Cup title in 2006-07, marking the first time the Seawolves have accomplished both in the same season.
Shyiak's second season was also highlighted by home sweeps over rival Alaska Fairbanks and league foe North Dakota.
Introduced as the fourth head coach in program history on June 14, 2005, Shyiak
first-ever head coaching victory with a 6-3 triumph at home over Rensselaer on Oct. 14, 2005.
first WCHA win also occurred on home ice with a 2-0 blanking of Minnesota Duluth on Nov. 19, 2005.
Under Shyiak's guidance the Seawolves have had 50 student-athletes earn recognition on the WCHA Academic All-Conference
Prior to coming to UAA, Shyiak was an assistant at his alma mater, Northern Michigan University, for 10 seasons, including three as associate head coach.
helped the Wildcats to seven 20-win seasons, six Central Collegiate Hockey Association tournament berths and one NCAA tournament appearance.
was a member of the WCHA
first three seasons as an assistant.
Shyiak served as the head coach of the North American Select Team in 2000 and 2001, guiding the squad to silver-medal finishes both seasons at the World 'Junior A' Hockey Tournament in Tampere, Finland.
Prior to his stint at his alma mater, Shyiak was general manager and head coach of the Merritt Centennials of the British Columbia Junior Hockey League (1994-95) and head coach of the Kimberley Dynamiters of the Rocky Mountain Junior Hockey League (1993-94).
led Kimberley to both the regular season title and the playoff title while also garnering Coach of the Year honors.
He began his coaching career as a student assistant at NMU under Rick Comley in 1992-93, helping guide the Wildcats to a NCAA berth.
A co-captain on NMU's
1991 NCAA Championship team, Shyiak
also claimed two WCHA Tournament titles (1989 and 1991) and one WCHA regular-season title (1991) as a player and earned WCHA All-Academic Team accolades.
He earned a Bachelors of Science in Physical Education from Northern Michigan in 1993 and a Masters degree in Training and Development in Human Performance from NMU in 2007.
wife Lucia are the parents of two sons (Kristian and Sheldon) and one daughter (Isabela).
News-Miner - Sports
ANCHORAGE--Dave Shyiak, when he was the associate head coach at Northern Michigan University, saw University of Alaska Fairbanks goaltender Wylie Rogers five times last season, as the schools were scheduling clustermates in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association.Shyiak, now the first-year head coach for the University of Alaska Anchorage, wasn't surprised at Rogers' 23-save performance Saturday night in UAF's 2-1 victory at Sullivan Arena in the first game of this season's Alaska Airlines Governor's Cup Series.
"Wylie Rogers came up with some big saves and he
does a good job of stopping the first shot and scooping up the rebound," Shyiak
, though, said he
made no changes in his
team's forechecking compared to the first period, when UAF managed to get several passes through the neutral zone.
"I thought we were the better team 5-on-5," he