Union promotes Bennett to replace Leaman

Union wasted no time after the departure of coach Nate Leaman to Providence, naming associate head coach Rick Bennett his successor with the Dutchmen on Friday.

Bennett has spent seven seasons at Union, working with defensemen and special teams, managing team video and recruiting.

It will be the first head coaching job for Bennett, who also has been an assistant at Providence and in the ECHL.

Bennett was a Hobey Baker Award finalist at Providence as a senior in 1990.