College Hockey:
Talafous Gets Contract Extension

Alaska-Anchorage head coach Dean Talafous has received a two-year contract extension and a raise from the school, according to the Anchorage Daily News. The deal was originally worked out in August, but Talafous asked that it not be made public because the school was in the middle of changing athletic directors.

The current deal takes Talafous, who became coach in May, 1996, through the 2002-03 season. According to the article, the contract includes a host of bonus clauses based on how far UAA advances in its season.

The Seawolves are current 2-3-1 this season. In four-plus years on the job, Talafous, 47, is now 45-88-18, including a 15-18-3 record last year. He is known as being a stickler for discipline, and his teams have been the least penalized in all of Division I in each of his four seasons.

Prior to coaching at UAA, Talafous spent seven seasons at Division III Wisconsin-River Falls, winning a national championship in 1994. Talafous played eight NHL season, totalling 497 games for the Atlanta Flames, New York Rangers and Minnesota North Stars. He was a member of the 1973 national champion Wisconsin Badgers, and was named Most Outstanding Player of that tournament.

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