Alfie Michaud, who has been an assistant coach and has worked with the goaltenders for the University of Maine men’s hockey program since the 2016-17 season, will remain as an assistant under new head coach Ben Barr.

Barr replaced the late Red Gendron, who died on April 9 while playing golf at the Penobscot Valley Country Club in Orono.

Ben Guite, who was serving as the interim head coach after being the associate head coach and assistant under Gendron for eight seasons, will not be retained.

“We are fortunate to keep Alfie on staff,” Barr said. “His passion for the program is unmatched and his track record for recruiting and developing goaltenders is second to none. Alfie is well respected in all circles of the hockey world and will be a crucial piece of the development of our current roster and recruiting future student-athletes to wear the Black Bear uniform.”

The 44-year-old Michaud, a native of Selkirk, Manitoba, was named the NCAA Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player in 1999 when his goaltending led UMaine to its second NCAA championship. He began his stint on the UMaine coaching staff as a volunteer assistant goaltending coach in 2016.

He was promoted to a full-time assistant in 2017. For the past four seasons, Michaud has mentored and developed Maine’s goaltenders and he also worked with Maine’s penalty killing unit this past season.

“I’m really honored to be asked back,” Michaud said. “I am looking forward to the challenge. I am looking forward to learning. I want to help our program keep growing and keep improving.”

Now that he knows his status, Michaud said he is getting back to business.

“Nothing has changed, to be honest with you, other than knowing I will be able to stay with it,” Michaud said.

“I’m still recruiting, still getting ready for next year.”

Michaud knows he will be working with the goalies and will be recruiting but he said he isn’t sure what his other responsibilities will be or what the terms of his contract are.

He earns a base salary of $75,401.60 per year.

He is looking forward to working with Barr and the new assistant, who is expected to be named soon.

“I’ve been involved at a high level of hockey for the last 25 years. You have to be able to adapt, to roll with the punches,” Michaud said.

UMaine senior center and captain Jack Quinlivan, who will return for a fifth season, applauded the choice.

“It’s pretty awesome. All of us have fantastic relationships with him,” Quinlivan said. “He is a very valuable goalie coach because he can see things other coaches can’t. And he was phenomenal in his first year with the penalty-killers. He would make adjustments during games. It shows how much he studies the game. And he is a very good communicator.”

Michaud enjoys the two-way flow of information generated by working with the student-athletes.

“You can learn a lot from the kids. They’re the ones out there playing. The day I stop learning is the day they put me in a box,” Michaud said.

UMaine director of athletics Ken Ralph Ralph said Michaud has a lot to offer and is much more than a goalie coach.

“Ben was really impressed with his outlook on the game and how he approaches the game. He felt very strongly about wanting Alfie to stay on,” Ralph said.

“Alfie will provide a nice continuity and I think he’s really going to blossom in this new role. He’s going to get more responsibility. I’m excited for him.”

Michaud enjoyed a 16-year pro playing career that included a stint with the National Hockey League’s Vancouver Canucks.

He spent a year as the head coach of the U18 Portland Junior Pirates and one as the goalie coach for the Portland Pirates among a long list of coaching posts at numerous levels.

Michaud, a member of the NHL Native Alumni Association received high praise from former Black Bears All-America goalie Jeremy Swayman, who won the Mike Richter Award as the nation’s top goalie and was a Hobey Baker Hat Trick finalist.

Swayman has had a tremendous rookie season for the Boston Bruins, earning the back-up role behind Tuukka Rask after posting a 7-3 record, a 1.50 goals-against average and a .945 save percentage.

Michaud and wife Addie have three daughters: Saige, Leah and Faith.