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Quinn, BU agree on five-year extension

Matt Dewkett

After a 28-8-5 season that saw the Terriers capture Beanpot and Hockey East regular season and tournament championships, Boston University and David Quinn agreed on a contract extension that will keep the latter as the school's hockey coach for an additional five seasons.

"David has done exactly what we thought he would with our men's ice hockey team. We had lofty expectations when we hired him and he has exceeded those with outstanding leadership both on and off the ice. There's nobody else we'd rather have leading this program," said BU Athletic Director Drew Marrochello.

Quinn, a 1989 alum of the school, just finished his second season behind the Terrier bench. After winning just 10 games in his first season with a depleted roster, the Cranston, RI native helped guide the biggest single-season turnaround in school history.

In addition to the team's success, Quinn was the beneficiary of having freshman Jack Eichel on the roster. The projected No. 2 overall pick in Friday's 2015 NHL Draft, Eichel led the nation in scoring en route to winning the Hockey East Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year and Hobey Baker Award.

The Terriers ultimately fell short to Providence in the national championship game, but the scarlet and white return a good chunk of a young roster from a year ago to start the 2015-16 season. Quinn was credited with being a major reason behind BU's last national championship in 2009, as the team's associate head coach.

Quinn, known as a defensive guru, was considered a top pro prospect back in his playing days before an injury sidelined his career. The 48 year-old Quinn began his coaching career as an assistant at Northeastern in 1995. From there he moved onto Nebraska-Omaha and the US National Team Development Program before coming back to BU.

Following the 2009 national championship season, Quinn moved onto pro hockey with the Colorado Avalanche organization -- as a head coach of the AHL franchise, the Lake Erie Monsters. He spent a season as an assistant with the parent club before coming back to Commonwealth Ave.

"Coming back to BU to serve as head coach of one of the premier college hockey programs has been everything I hoped it would be," Quinn said. "I am looking forward to leading our student-athletes over the next five years," he added in the press release.

Quinn, a likable and personable coach in press conferences, has turned around the BU program for the future with terrific recruiting. Quinn, with the help of assistants Steve Greeley and Albie O'Connell, has developed one of the top pipelines in college hockey.

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