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Panthers name new coach: Chris Hudon

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Plymouth State College has named its sixth head men's ice hockey coach in the program's 31-year history.

Leading the Panthers in 2001-02 will be new head coach Chris Hudon, a PSC graduate and former Panther hockey player. He takes over from former coach Mike Bonelli, who resigned after three years behind the Panther bench.

Hudon has been the head hockey coach at Dracut (Mass.) High School the past two seasons. He also served five years as assistant hockey coach at The Holderness (N.H.) School.

"I'm absolutely thrilled to become the hockey coach at my alma mater," said Hudon. "I've wanted to be a coach since I was in college, and this is a tremendous opportunity for me. As a former player at PSC, I am eager to maintain the pride in wearing the Panther uniform."

A 1992 graduate of PSC with a degree in Physical Education/Coaching, Hudon received his Masters degree in Health Education from PSC in 1996. He coached both football and hockey at Holderness Prep in the mid 1990s, and was also an assistant hockey coach at Amesbury (Mass.) High School in ‘96-97 and ‘98-99 before taking over the Dracut hockey program in 1999. Hudon is currently a grades 5-8 health education instructor in Methuen, Mass.

"We are pleased to hire Chris Hudon as our ice hockey coach," said PSC interim athletic director John P. Clark. "He has a tremendous amount of energy and enthusiasm. We're all excited for Chris to begin."

The Panthers are coming off a disappointing season in 2000-01, finishing with a 4-20-1 overall record and a 4-13-0 mark in the ECAC Northeast. Plymouth State has had a solid program in the past, earning seven ECAC post-season bids between 1986 and 1999, including back-to-back berths in 1998 and 1999.