While under head coach Mark Morris, the AHL’s Charlotte Checkers went 36-32-8 this year, just missing out on a postseason spot in the Eastern Conference.
They’ll have to see the team overseen by someone new next year, though.
Morris accepted the head coaching position for St. Lawrence University on Tuesday, returning to the university where he stood behind the bench for some of his first years as a college coach back in the mid-1980’s.
A native of Massena, New York, Morris – a defenseman who played for four seasons at Colgate University before a three year pro career predominantly spent in the AHL with the New Haven Nighthawks – was a successful AHL coach in recent years, but is returning to what he knows best; college hockey. The 58-year-old bench boss was head coach at Clarkson University from 1988-2002 before making the switch to coaching pro, and now will make his return to the NCAA circuit.
Per the official release from the Charlotte Checkers, the team respects the esteemed coach’s decision – which will bring him back to upstate New York.
“We respect Mark’s decision to return home to coach at St. Lawrence,” said Carolina Hurricanes general manager Francis, via the release. “We thank him for his work in Charlotte this season and wish him nothing but the best with the Saints.”