Ken Kuzyk, hockey coach at Saint Anselm for the last 17 years, has resigned. No reason was given by the school except to say that Kuzyk will “pursue future opportunities,” according to athletics director Ed Cannon.
“Ken has become a mainstay in Saint Anselm College hockey, so we are now entering uncharted waters in our efforts to find a replacement.” said Cannon. “Ken has had a long career here, and as he enters a new phase of his life, we wish him the best in his future endeavors.”
Kuzyk compiled a 161-243-27 record as St. Anselm’s fifth head coach. This past season, the team finished 9-12-5 and was second in the ECAC Division II Tournament. The Hawks had won the tournament in each of the previous two seasons.
Kuzyk was named New England Division II-III Coach of the Year in 1993-94 after posting a 15-6-4 overall record. He had one other winning season, a 16-9 mark in 1996-97 .
Kuzyk has spent 20 years overall coaching at the collegiate level, beginning as an assistant at RPI in 1983. Two years later, the Engineers won the 1985 NCAA championship. Kuzyk was named head coach at Saint Anselm a year later.
Kuzyk is a 1976 graduate of Boston University, where he played hockey for four years. His talents brought him into the professional playing ranks of the National Hockey League where he spent time in the Minnesota North Stars, New York Rangers and Cleveland Barons organizations. He played 41 games for Cleveland in the NHL from 1976-78.
Cannon said the search for a new coach is beginning immediately.