Haviland signs multi-year contract extension with Colorado College

On the heels of the program’s best season in years, Colorado College coach Mike Haviland signed a multi-year contract extension to lead the Tigers, athletics director Ken Ralph announced on Wednesday.

“We are thrilled Mike has agreed to continue as coach of the Tigers,” Ralph said in a media release. “We felt it was important to send a strong message to recruits and other hockey personnel that he will be behind the bench for many years to come in Colorado Springs.” 

 “There is a lot of positive momentum surrounding our team right now and we are all excited to watch the program continue to grow under Mike’s leadership,” he added. 

Per department and college policy, terms of the contract will not be released.

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Haviland, who was hired as the 14th head coach in program history on May 9, 2014, led the Tigers to a 15-17-5 mark this season, the most victories in one season since the 2012-13 campaign.

Colorado College finished in a tie for fifth place in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference, and one win out of fourth place and hosting a first-round NCHC playoff series for the first time. CC was eliminated by defending NCAA champion Denver in three games in March.

“My family and I are very excited to have the opportunity to continue coaching at Colorado College,” Haviland said. “I want to thank President Jill Tiefenthaler and Ken Ralph for their support during the past four seasons and throughout this process.”

Haviland has coached a pair of Tigers to first-team all-NCHC honors, including sophomore Nick Halloran, who led the conference in scoring for the majority of this season and finished the campaign with 45 points (26 assists). Seven players, including Halloran’s linemates, juniors Mason Bergh (40) and Trey Bradley (31), recorded career-high for points in ’17-18.

Colorado College was one of only two teams in the country (Boston College) without a senior on its roster this season.

Next year, the Tigers welcome transfer student Chris Wilkie, who won an NCAA championship with North Dakota in 2017, as well as incoming freshmen Ben Copeland, who is sixth in scoring in the U.S. Hockey League with 56 points and leads the league with 40 assists for Waterloo, and Bryan Yoon, who has 34 points as a defenseman for Tri-City of the USHL this season.

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