Red Gendron is the New UMaine Hockey Coach 

Dennis “Red” Gendron has been named University of Maine head men’s ice hockey coach by UMaine President Paul Ferguson and Director of Athletics Steve Abbott. Gendron, who has won two NCAA Hockey National Championships and an NHL Stanley Cup as an assistant coach, will be formally announced as Maine’s head coach in a series of events on Tuesday, May 28, 2013. The media along with University of Maine athletic fans and the public are invited to attend these events.Gendron will be introduced in a press conference at 1 PM at Alfond Arena. He will speak to the media and be available for individual interviews following the official news conference. He will also be available to greet fans in the Alfond Family Lounge after the press conference.At 5 PM on Tuesday evening, Gendron will be at Season’s Grille, located at 427 Main Street in Bangor. Everyone is encouraged to come out and welcome Coach Gendron to Maine and the start of a new era in Maine hockey. Members of the 2013-14 Maine hockey team will be in attendance during the day as well.Gendron’s first college hockey coaching experience was with the Black Bears, where he assisted Coach Shawn Walsh with the 1993 NCAA Division I National Championship team. In his 34-year coaching career, Gendron has worked with championship teams at all levels. At Bellows Free Academy in Vermont, he guided squads to four state championships in the 1980s. Gendron earned three NHL championship rings as a coach and has twice had his name engraved on the Stanley Cup. He was an assistant coach for the New Jersey Devils when they captured the Stanley Cup in 1995, and was an assistant and head coach, respectively, with their AHL team in Albany when the Devils won the Stanley Cup in 2000 and 2003. The last two seasons, Gendron was associate head coach at Yale University: the Bulldogs earned the 2013 NCAA Division I National Championship.”Our primary goal in this search was to find an individual who could bring the best balance to our men’s hockey program as a nationally competitive team on the ice and support our student-athletes’ preparation for the future based upon solid academic foundations,” says President Ferguson. “We are so pleased to have found that individual in Red Gendron, who personifies that balance. His personal passion for the Black Bears and UMaine is extraordinary and will no doubt unite the Black Bear Nation.”Abbott says Gendron “truly appreciates both the history of this great hockey program and the potential that exists here to compete for Hockey East and national championships. He is an enthusiastic competitor who loves this university and is passionate about Maine hockey.”