by Amy Moritz
Sometimes to get to the next level, you have to make changes.
And that seems to be the case for the Canisius hockey program.
Assistant coaches B.J. Adams and John Daigneau are no longer part of the Golden Griffins staff.
"I have a great amount of respect for B.J. and John as hockey coaches, and more importantly as people," Canisius head coach Dave Smith said in a prepared statement. "They have worked hard to help elevate our program and they have both been excellent ambassadors for the college. I wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors."
While the Griffs returned to the Atlantic Hockey championship game, where they lost to Robert Morris, the team entered the conference tournament as the seventh seed for the second-straight year. Their 11-13-3 regular season mark felt like potential unfilled after returning the bulk of their roster from the 2013 championship team.
Adams was in his fifth season with the program. He played for Bowling Green from 1996-2000.
"This is a mutual agreement that allows me to continue my professional development in hockey," Adams said. "Winning the 2013 Atlantic Hockey Championship, getting to the conference finals again this year and playing a part in building a strong hockey program have been great experiences. I am proud of what we were able to accomplish in my time at Canisius. I wish the program all the best in the future."
Daigneau was in his fourth year with Canisius. He played for Harvard from 2002-06.
"I appreciate the opportunity to start my collegiate coaching career here at Canisius," Daigneau said. "We accomplished a lot during my four years at the college and I feel like I have helped elevate the program during that time. I really enjoyed working with the student-athletes and the staff at Canisius. As I move forward with my coaching career, I wish the program continued success in the future."
Smith just finished his ninth year as the head coach for the Griffs. Last May he signed a contract extension with Canisius through the 2016-17 season.
The Griffs, who finished this season 17-21-3, move their hockey program to HarborCenter in the fall ushering in a new era for the hockey program.