Former UAA coach Dave Shyiak, fired Friday after eight seasons, didn't return a phone call Friday -- understandable on what no doubt was a difficult day for he and his family -- but he checked in Saturday and left a message in which he bid a gracious good-bye.
Here is Shyiak in full:
"First of all, I guess I'm disappointed I wasn't given the opportunity to coach in the new league'' -- he's talking about next season's revamped WCHA -- "but in saying that, we're in the wins and losses industry, and I'm all for change if it means success for the players and the program.
"There's a good bunch of young men in that locker room that deserve a chance to succeed, and I'm hoping it works out for them.
"I'd like to thank Dr. Cobb'' -- UAA's athletic director -- "and the athletic department for giving me the opportunity to coach in a great league. It certainly made me a better coach.
"As far as touching on my family, we're real grateful for all the wonderful people we've met in the community. My kids have experienced so much with the youth hockey associations and soccer programs, they're part of a great school system, and that has meant a great deal to us as parents.
"As for the future, hockey is my passion and obviously I'd love to stay in it as long as I can. For now, I'm just enjoying the time with my family.''
Doyle Woody, email@example.com