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St. Lawrence tabs Morris as school's new hockey coach

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St. Lawrence University officially announced Mark Morris as the school's new men's hockey coach on Tuesday afternoon. The job had been vacant since March 29 when Greg Carvel left his alma mater to take over at UMass.

Morris comes to St. Lawrence after serving as the head coach of the Charlotte Checkers, the AHL affiliate of the Carolina Hurricanes, this season. He spent the previous season as an assistant coach with the Florida Panthers. Prior to that he had spent seven seasons guiding the Manchester Monarchs of the AHL.

Morris' most notable tenure came as bench boss of St. Lawrence's archrival, Clarkson, from 1988-2002. He was abruptly fired after a player accused him of assaulting him on the ice. The Golden Knights were wildly successful under Morris' watch, making eight trips to the NCAA Tournament.

The Massena, NY native is a 1981 alum of Colgate where he starred for the Raiders on the ice. His other connection to the North Country came as an assistant under Joe Marsh from 1985-1988.