Friday, June 10, 2005

Northern Michigan Black Bears Notebook

The Black Bears have had a busy off-season thus far.

The off-season for the Northern Michigan Black Bears has been an eventful one thus far.

Head coach Gerry Lortie has announced his retirement from coaching, but will be staying with the team as an advisor for the 2005-2006 season. Assistant coach Bart Jarrett will be taking the reigns as head coach for the upcoming season with Dave Murphy returning as goalie coach.

The following players have also accepted academic scholarships and will continue playing hockey at the NCAA level:

John Nogatch, Wayne State University (D-I CHA)
Bill Brennan, Utica College (D-III ECAC West)
Russell Law, University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point (D-III NCHA)
Colin Sarfeh, SUNY-Fredonia (D-III SUNYAC)
Ryan Behnke, University of Delaware (D-II ACHA)

Nogatch will sit-out the 2005-2006 season with the Warriors and be eligible for the start of the 2006-2007 season. He left Lake Superior State during last season and returned to the Black Bears. He must attend WSU for one full year before becoming eligible.

In addition, Nick Adamek, Jordan Boman, Chris Kraft and Jared Lavender have received offers of academic scholarships from at least one university. While these players are undecided at this time, the team would like to acknowledge their achievements.

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