Lewis-Palmer ice hockey coach Hal Jordan stepping down

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Photo - Lewis-Palmer hockey coach Hal Jordan gives guidance during practice practice Tuesday, January 24, 2017. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette
Lewis-Palmer hockey coach Hal Jordan gives guidance during practice practice Tuesday, January 24, 2017. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

Hal Jordan, who has been the head coach of Lewis-Palmer ice hockey for four years, is stepping down in order to put family first.

Jordan's son, Hadan, is a freshman defenseman at St. Michael's College in Vermont, Jordan's alma mater. Jordan graduated in 1990.

"If there's an opportunity for him to play, I want to be there," Jordan said. "I missed two years of juniors."

Jordan said he's going to take several years off until all three of his children have graduated, then maybe he'll return to coaching - perhaps even at Lewis-Palmer, "if they'll have me."

"I just don't want to be that coach that misses one weekend a month," Jordan said. "It isn't right to the kids."

Jordan led the Rangers to the playoffs all four years at the helm, putting together a 49-31 overall record. They lost in the second round of the state tournament to Regis Jesuit this season, 7-1.

"I was very disappointed," Jordan said of the season-ending loss. "We never made it to the frozen four (semifinals), which is killing me.

"But moving into the new conference I knew would be a challenge, and honestly we did way better than we thought."

Kevin Margarucci has been an assistant coach and co-head coach at Lewis-Palmer since 2006, but his job as manager of player safety for USA Hockey keeps him busy. He's a possible candidate to replace Jordan.

Jordan credited Margarucci and recently departed assistant coaches Todd Brummond and Mike Prudhomme with bringing him in and putting together a good stretch for the Rangers.

"If it wasn't for them, I probably wouldn't have put my name in the hat," Jordan said.