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Dave Smith leaving Canisius hockey program to join RPI as head coach

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Posted at 3:23 PM, Apr 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-04 15:23:17-04

Longtime Canisius hockey coach Dave Smith is leaving the program to take the head coaching job at RPI, 7 Eyewitness Sports Reporter Nick Filipowski has learned.

NHL.com's Joe Yerdon was first to report the move.

Smith had been the head coach of the Griffs the past 12 years and helped guide to a nation leading 17-game unbeaten streak before falling in the Atlantic Hockey Championship to Robert Morris.

During the 2012-2013 season, Smith and the Griffs won the AHC tournament and earned a berth to the program's first NCAA Tournament.

According to a source, assistant Trevor Large, who has been with Canisius the past three seasons, is expected to be named the interim head coach