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ASU Hockey: Powers receives contract extension

Another year behind the bench in Tempe

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Arizona State head hockey coach Greg Powers has been given a one-year contract extension.

The deal extends through the 2023-24 season on top of Powers’ current contract, and the news was first reported by Greg Cameron of College Hockey News.

According to Cameron’s tweet, assistant coaches Mike Field and Alex Hicks were also rewarded for their contributions over the past year.

The one and only coach in the NCAA era of ASU hockey, Powers’ extension comes a year after making the NCAA Tournament for the first time and going 21-12-1 in 2018-19.

The man behind the Sun Devil bench was nominated for the Spencer Penrose Award, which goes out to the Division I Coach of the Year in college hockey. Additionally, he was recognized by his fellow ASU coaching peers in June with the Frank Kush Award.

Powers has brought in back-to-back strong recruiting classes in addition to volunteer goaltending coach Eddie Lack this offseason. With a new arena on its way, the fifth-year coach has voiced his intentions to stay in Tempe for quite some time as well.

A Sun Devil alum himself who built ASU into a powerhouse at the club level, Powers had this to say last season about his position as the man steering the boat for the program:

“Everything I have in my life, I owe it to this place and this university, and I owe it to this program,” Powers said. “I was out of hockey and I didn’t get back involved in coaching to be a Division I coach and to do it for a living. I did it because I wanted to give back to the program that I owe everything that I have to. I met my wife here, I met my family here, I have my degree and I was educated here. I bleed maroon and gold. I love this program and I love this university as much as anybody.”

The Sun Devils drop the puck to begin the regular season on Saturday, Oct. 5 against Mercyhurst.