Dawes replaces Downey as Penn State’s director of hockey operations

Penn State announced Thursday the hiring of Alex Dawes as its new director of hockey operations.

Dawes replaces Bill Downey, who has accepted the role of manger of hockey operations for the American Hockey League affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms .

“Alex Dawes has impressed the athletic department, our administration and our hockey staff with his tireless work ethic, attention to detail and his communication skills,” said Penn State head coach Guy Gadowsky in a statement. “He is well respected outside of PSU and with previous experience in Division I men’s hockey operations, he will provide a seamless transition.

“We will miss Billy very much and wish him and his family the very best with the Flyers.”

Dawes, now entering his fourth year at Penn State, has served as assistant women’s hockey coach and director of operations for the past two seasons. He is a 2012 graduate of Utica, where he also spent time as an assistant coach and director of hockey operations for the Pioneer men’s team from 2009 to 2013.