Huskies everywhere are mourning the loss of a program icon unique to university hockey. Their accomplished men’s hockey coach for over two decades has announced he will not return to the ice.
Bruce Marshall, a UConn alumnus and prominent figure on campus, decided it was time to hang up his coaching vocation. He was the face of the hockey in Storrs for twenty-five years and accumulated the most wins in program history.
Marshall, a 1985 graduate of UConn who lettered four years and captained the hockey team, had been sidelined recently for medical reasons since this past November.
According to the official website of Connecticut Husky athletics, Marshall was unambiguous about his decision to retire and his support for the university.
"During my time away from the program, I determined that this decision was in the best interest for myself, my family and the UConn men's ice hockey team," said Marshall. "I am extremely proud of the accomplishments of the program during my time as a Husky and I wish nothing but success for the team as it continues to make the exciting transition to Hockey East for the 2014-15 season."
At the conclusion of his career, Marshall accumulated 337 wins. This win total places him twelfth all-time among active NCAA coaches.
Until a new leader is hired, assistant coach Dave Berard will remain as the interim head coach for the balance of this season. The university will conduct a national search for a new head coach after the 2012-13 campaign.