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Princeton hockey coaching search nearing a conclusion

Princeton University will likely have a new head coach in place in the next 10 days.

Former Buffalo Sabres coach Ron Rolston has applied for the head coaching vacancy at Princeton.
Former Buffalo Sabres coach Ron Rolston has applied for the head coaching vacancy at Princeton.
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Princeton University is drawing closer to having a new men's ice hockey coach in place. Former Tigers defenseman and Minnesota Wild Scout Darren Yopyk appears to be the front runner for replacing the fired Bob Prier, according to multiple sources.

According to a tweet by ESPN's John Buccigross, Quinnipiac assistant coach Bill Riga, Union assistant Joe Dumais, Penn State assistant coach Keith Fisher and Youngstown Phantoms head coach Anthony Noreen are all in the mix as well.

The ESPN SportsCenter personality goes on to add that former Buffalo Sabres head coach Ron Rolston and recently fired Colorado College bench boss Scott Owens have also applied. Despite publicly denying interest in the job, a source confirmed to SBNation that Rolston did in fact apply for the opening.

Mike McMahon of College Hockey News had a very good piece on why Yopyk should be hired by his alma mater. The former UMass graduate assistant and Merrimack assistant is a very good recruiter and has head coaching experience from his time with the Westside Warriors (now West Kelowna) in the British Columbia Hockey League.

McMahon has also reported that Cornell assistant coach Ben Syer has applied for the coaching vacancy at Princeton. Both current assistant coaches, Greg Gardner and Scott Garrow, applied for the job and had serious interest in it. Gardner and Garrow have been true to their commitment to the hockey program as both have continued recruiting for the Tigers.

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Jeff Cox covers college, junior, high school and minor league hockey, NCAA recruiting and NHL Draft prospects. Follow him on twitter @JeffCoxSports.