LSSU, Whitten Agree to Multiyear Extension

Fresh off its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1996, Lake Superior State has signed hockey head coach Damon Whitten to a six-year contract extension through the 2027-28 season.

LSSU won its first-ever Western Collegiate Hockey Association championship this past winter, going 19-7-3 and advancing to an NCAA regional semifinal.Northern Michigan Vs. Lake Superior State

“I am thrilled to have Damon continue his role as head coach of the Lakers,” said LSSU Director of Athletics Dr. Paitson in a release. “Damon has blossomed into a leader and evolved as a coach, becoming better with each passing season. His vision for Laker hockey has come to life as a result of his dedication to the program’s culture and his ability to find innovative ways to advance our program, including through international recruiting and surrounding himself with a skilled staff. I congratulate Damon and his family and look forward to his guidance of Lake Superior State hockey in the years to come.”

A Michigan State alum, Whitten recently completed his seventh season as head coach of the Lakers. Whitten has led LSSU to a 99-133-27 overall record and a 69-91-22 mark in conference play.

“My family would like to express our sincere appreciation to President Dr. (Rodney) Hanley, Director of Athletics Dr. Paitson, and the leadership team at LSSU for their trust and belief in our staff,” said Whitten. “I would also like to acknowledge our alumni, donors, students, and fans, and our Laker hockey team, both past and present, who have supported me and my family during the past seven years. As a family, we are excited to continue growing our lives in the Sault while competing for championships with Laker hockey. Above all, we cannot wait to see and hear you all back at Taffy! Go Lakers!”

LSSU will embark on its first season in the reformed Central Collegiate Hockey Association in October.

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