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Mayotte named SLU hockey assistant coach

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CANTON - Former Union College and professional hockey goaltender Kris Mayotte has been named men’s ice hockey assistant coach at St. Lawrence University.

Mayotte joins Associate Head Coach Mike Hurlbut in completing the staff of new Saint head coach Greg Carvel. The new Saint assistant spent last season as a volunteer assistant coach at Cornell following an eight-year playing career as a goalie in both college and the professional ranks.

“I am very excited to welcome Kris to St. Lawrence University and to our hockey staff,” said Carvel. He will be a valuable asset and addition to our program. As a former All-ECAC Goaltender at Union and as a former assistant coach at Cornell he has a strong understanding of our league and what makes it special. The ability to have a full-time goaltending coach on our staff will be instrumental to our success as we move forward. More importantly, Kris is an ambitious and energetic young man whose infectious personality will be a benefit in recruiting and interacting with our players on a daily basis.”

Mayotte was a full-time goalie coach in 2010-11 in Maryland, having spent the previous seven years of his playing career as a part-time instructor.

A native of Pittsburgh, Mayotte was the primary starting goalie for Union for four seasons, spanning from 2002 to 2006. Mayotte was named to the ECAC Hockey All-Rookie team after his freshman season and earned a spot on the all-league second team after his senior campaign. He played 116 career games for Union, finishing with a 2.69 career goals against average and 10 shutouts.

Mayotte moved on to the professional ranks for five seasons following college, playing for four Lowell, Bridgeport, Hershey and Adirondack in the American Hockey League; San Diego, Fresno and Johnstown in the East Coast Hockey League and Arizona in the Central Hockey League. He went 20-13-3 with a 2.87 goals against average and a .908 save percentage for Johnstown in 2008-09.

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