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Mid-day talker: George Gwozdecky out as Denver men's hockey coach

Posted by: Michael Rand under Frozen Four, Gophers Updated: April 1, 2013 - 2:39 PM

Per the Denver Post, George Gwozdecky is no longer the head men's hockey coach at Denver University. The reason given in the story on the web site is that he "resigned."

University of Denver hockey coach George Gwozdecky has resigned, ending a 19-year tenure at the school that included two NCAA championships, the school announced Monday.

The 59-year-old Gwozdecky was scheduled to complete a 12-year contract after next season and told The Denver Post before the season was over that he thought an extension was forthcoming.

DU is the only Division I hockey team to have won 20 games in each of the previous 12 seasons. However, the Pioneers recently lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time in the past six years.

Gwozdecky compiled a 443-267-64 record with DU.

"We certainly wish George the best in his future endeavors and we are thankful for his 19 years at the helm of our hockey program," said DU vice chancellor for athletics and recreation Peg Bradley-Doppes.

But hockey writer Mike Chambers, who wrote that story, just noted on Twitter that according to a source Gwozdecky was fired.



Why does it matter? Well, Gwozdecky had a very successful run with the Pioneers -- including NCAA titles in 2004 and 2005, the years immediately after Minnesota and head coach Don Lucia went back-to-back. The Pioneers have made the NCAA tourney five times since then, but they haven't made it back to the Frozen Four. The Gophers, by contrast, have made it to the Frozen Four twice since their NCAA titles. Still, it's somewhat surprising that Gwozdecky was let go, unless his contract extension demands were outlandish. Your thoughts, please, in the comments.


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