An NCAA Division I veteran who has won national championships as a coach and player takes over the Colby’s men’s ice hockey program this year.

Blaise MacDonald, former head coach at Niagara University and University of Massachusetts at Lowell, takes over the team from longtime head coach Jim Tortorella, who left to become assistant coach at the University of New Hampshire, and Stan Moore, who stepped in as  interim coach for the 2011-12 season.

MacDonald is the 18th head coach since men’s hockey was started at Colby in 1922-23. MacDonald returns to Division III hockey for the first time since the first two years at Niagara.

 “As long as you have standards of excellence, it doesn’t really matter what level of play you are at,” MacDonald said. “You can be a player who exceeds expectations or be a high performer for the team as long as you have standards of excellence.”