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Lake Superior State extends hockey coach Damon Whitten's contract

SAULT STE. MARIE — Head coach Damon Whitten and Lake Superior State agreed to a multiyear contract extension of the head hockey coach’s contract, the university in Sault Ste. Marie announced on Thursday.

Whitten agreed to terms on a six-year contract, extending his stay with the Lakers through the 2027-28 season.

He was named the 10th head coach in program history in April 2014 and has led LSSU to six WCHA playoff appearances, including the school’s first WCHA Championship this year.

Whitten also guided Lake State to its first NCAA tournament appearance this spring, its first in 25 years, along with its first-ever championship in the Great Lakes Invitational, which is played in Detroit during the Christmas holidays every year.

“This is a well deserved extension as Damon has led us back to national prominence, and I am confident that he will remain committed to Lake Superior State’s proud hockey tradition, not to mention our student-athletes’ academic achievements,” LSSU President Dr. Rodney S. Hanley said in a statement.

Despite a modest 99-133-27 overall record in seven seasons, Whitten has led the Lakers to two of their most successful seasons in 2018-19 and 2020-21. He was 23-13-2 in 2018-19, with a 16-10-2 WCHA mark.