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Princeton hockey coach Prier resigns

Bob Prier resigned as Princeton's head hockey coach, the university announced Monday.

Prier, who replaced Guy Gadowsky, was the Tigers' coach for three seasons. The team went 25-58-12 in his three years, including 6-26 this season. In ECAC Hockey play, the Tigers were 18-40-8 under Prier, including 4-18 this season, when they finished in last place. The Tigers' highest finish under Prier was in 2012-13, when they were tied for seventh with Brown.

Before coming to Princeton, Prier was an assistant coach at St. Lawrence for nine seasons.

"On behalf of the Princeton University, I'd like to wish Bob Prier the best of luck in the next chapter of his career," Princeton athletic director Gary Walters said in a statement. "Bob has represented Princeton with great energy and passion, and he had a great love for the Princeton hockey program. We wish him and his family well."

Princeton will commence a national search. One possible candidate could be Union assistant coach Joe Dumais, who recruited several of the players who helped the Dutchmen win the NCAA title last month. Dumais served as Union's interim coach when head coach Rick Bennett was suspended four games for his role in the Mayor's Cup postgame brawl with RPI. Dumais guided the Dutchmen to a 3-1 record.

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