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Worcester State hires Shayne Toporowski to lead hockey program

WORCESTER -- Shayne Toporowski was hired as the new head coach of the Worcester State hockey program on Monday. The second round draft pick of the Los Angeles Kings in the 1993 NHL Draft was formerly an assistant at Holy Cross under former Crusader head coach Paul Pearl.

Toporowski replaces John Guiney, who left the program earlier this year after a 22 year run at the helm. Toporowski, a native of Paddockwood, Saskatchewan, played in the American Hockey League with the Toronto Maple Leafs organization before lacing up the skates for the Worcester Sharks and Springfield Falcons in the AHL.

A former right wing as a player, he currently runs Competitive Goals Hockey Training out of Marlboro, Mass. The Lancers open up the 2014-15 campaign on November 1 with a game against Wentworth Institute of Technology. WSU will play all its home games at Holy Cross' Hart Recreation Center starting with a November 15 date against MASCAC rival Fitchburg State.

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