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The American Hockey Coaches Association has announced that former St. Lawrence University men’s hockey coach Joe Marsh will be the 2014 recipient of the John MacInnes Award, recognizing him for his great concern for amateur hockey and youth programs.

The recipients of the MacInnes Award have had high winning percentages as well as outstanding graduation percentages among their former players. The winners of this award have helped young men grown not only as hockey players, but more importantly as men, according to the association.

Marsh will be among those honored at the AHCA national convention in Naples, Fla. in May.

Marsh spent 26 years behind the St. Lawrence University bench and forged one of the most successful coaching careers in U.S. college history.

Not only was he successful with wins and championships, but he was also one of the most revered and admired coaches of his generation.

Marsh coached 12 of the 14 20-plus win seasons in St. Lawrence history, as the team won ECAC championship teams in 1988, 1989, 1992, 2000 and 2001, and took teams to eight ECAC tournament championship game appearances.

His 1988 team finished as runner up in the NCAA Tournament and in all, Marsh took a total of eight teams to NCAA tournament play.

His career record with Canton is 468-399-72, with the wins ranking 26th all-time at the start of this season.

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