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Saturday, April 15, 2006
Blues assistant Allain named Yale hockey coach

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Yale University named St. Louis Blues goaltending coach Keith Allain as men's ice hockey coach on Saturday. He will take over for mentor Tim Taylor, who is stepping down after coaching at Yale for 30 years.

Allain is a Yale alumnus who served as an assistant coach for Taylor at Yale from 1982-85, after playing under him for four seasons (1976-80).

"It is a tremendous honor and a great responsibility to follow in Tim Taylor's footsteps as head hockey coach at Yale," Allain said in a statement released by the school. "His impact on Yale, Yale Hockey, and me personally has been profound. I enthusiastically embrace the challenge of building upon his legacy while taking the Yale Hockey program to the next level."

Allain was the starting goalie on four Bulldog squads and recorded the second-most (31) wins for a Yale netminder, ranks third at the school with 2,337 career saves.

"The playing and coaching resume of Keith Allain is extraordinary. He was an outstanding student-athlete at Yale and he continued to distinguish himself as a coach of two Olympic teams and two NHL programs," said Tom Beckett, Yale's Director of Athletics.

"All of this combined with his love of Yale University and Yale Hockey make this appointment a source of great pride for all of us."

Allain most recently served as an assistant coach under Carolina Hurricanes and U.S. Olympic coach Peter Laviolette at the 2006 Winter Games in Torino. Allain also will serve as the assistant coach at the 2006 International Ice Hockey Federation world championship in Riga, Latvia.

"I have enjoyed my time in St. Louis and wish the organization the best of luck in the future," Allain said.

Allain joined St. Louis in 1998 and under his guidance Blues netminders surrendered the fewest goals in the NHL in 1999-2000, claiming the William M. Jennings Trophy. That season the Blues captured the President's Trophy for the best regular-season record in the league.

Taylor stepped down in March after the Bulldogs finished with a 10-20-3 record last season. Taylor leaves with a 337-433-55 record at Yale over 28 seasons, and coached all six of the school's Hobey Baker Award finalists. He took two leaves of absence to coach U.S. Olympic Teams.