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Dave Shyiak hired as assistant coach at Western Michigan

Dave Shyiak is returning to the state where his NCAA career began as both a player and assistant coach.

Andy Murray
Andy Murray
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Former Alaska-Anchorage head coach Dave Shyiak will be the new assistant coach at Western Michigan, according to two college hockey sources. WMU head coach Andy Murray was tasked with replacing Pat Ferschweiler, who left the program last month to become an assistant coach with the Grand Rapids Griffins, the AHL affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings.

Shyiak spent the past season scouting for the Toronto Maple Leafs after leaving UAA under cloudy circumstances. His stint as head coach in Anchorage didn't go as well as he'd have hoped, but Shyiak has proven to be a tremendous collegiate assistant coach.

The Brandon, Manitoba native was a great recruiter and a well respected assistant at Northern Michigan, his alma mater, from 1995-2005. He played at NMU from 1987-1991, serving as the team's captain his senior season. The Wildcats won the NCAA championship that season as Shyiak, a right wing, had nine goals and six assists.

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