Boak takes charge of Canton men

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Canton, NY- SUNY Canton today announced the promotion of assistant coach Alex Boak to men's hockey head coach for the upcoming 2016-17 season. The announcement confirms a previous report from the Watertown Daily Times published this past weekend.

Boak, who hails from nearby Norwood, takes over for Trevor Gilligan, who tendered his resignation this offseason after a three year run where he posted a record of 20-47-8. Boak assisted Gilligan this past season in Canton, steering the Kangaroos to a 6-17-4 record as an independent. 

"I am grateful that SUNY Canton is giving me this great opportunity," Boak said in the school's release, "I am looking forward to building on the great foundation that Coach Gilligan has built over the past three years. I have had some great coaches in my career and now I get to use those experiences to define my own coaching style. I can't wait to get started this fall."

Before entering the coaching profession, Boak enjoyed a storied playing career at Clarkson, suiting up in 148 games on the blue line, a portion of which was played under current Division III head coach George Roll. Boak earned his degree in 2014, and also advanced to the professional ranks, suiting up for the Wheeling Nailers in the ECHL, and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in the American Hockey League, prior to taking the assistant job at Canton this past season. 

Boak is a frequent instructor at camps throughout his home region, including work at Potsdam, Clarkson, and the Can/Am camp in Lake Placid. 


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