George Gwozdecky

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George Gwozdecky
Sport(s) Ice hockey
Current position
Title Assistant coach
Team Tampa Bay Lightning
Biographical details
Born (1953-07-17) July 17, 1953 (age 61)
Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
Playing career
1974–1978 Wisconsin
Position(s) Left Wing
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1981–1984
1984–1989
1989–1994
1994–2013
2013–Present
Wisconsin-River Falls
Michigan State (assistant)
Miami
Denver
Tampa Bay Lightning (assistant)
Head coaching record
Overall 592-390-85
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
1977 NCAA National Champion
1982 WSUAC Regular Season Champion
1983 WSUAC Regular Season Champion
1983 NAIA National Champion
1984 WSUAC Regular Season Champion
1986 NCAA National Champion (assistant)
1993 CCHA Regular Season Champion
1999 WCHA Tournament Champion
2002 WCHA Regular Season Champion
2002 WCHA Tournament Champion
2004 NCAA National Champion
2005 WCHA Regular Season Champion
2005 WCHA Tournament Champion
2005 NCAA National Champion
2008 WCHA Tournament Champion
2010 WCHA Regular Season Champion
Awards
1992 CCHA Coach of the Year
1993 CCHA Coach of the Year
1993 Spencer Penrose Award
1995 WCHA Coach of the Year
2002 WCHA Coach of the Year
2004 Wisconsin Hockey Hall of Fame
2005 WCHA Coach of the Year
2005 Spencer Penrose Award
2010 WCHA Coach of the Year

George Gwozdecky (born July 17, 1953)[1] is a Canadian ice hockey coach. He is currently an assistant coach with the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League (NHL).

He was the head coach for the University of Denver Pioneers hockey team for 19 seasons, from 1994 until 2013. The Pioneers won 2 national championships (2004/2005) under his guidance, and won at least 20 games in each of the last 12 seasons in which he coached them. He joined the Pioneers as head coach in 1994.[2]

He is a member of the prestigious Miami University "Cradle of Coaches",[3] and is the only person to win the NCAA National Championship as a player (with Wisconsin in 1977), assistant coach (at Michigan State in 1986), and head coach with Denver (2004 and 2005).[2]

He is a native of Thunder Bay, Ontario,[4] and is married (Bonnie) with a teenage daughter (Adrienne).[2]

College Head Coaching record[5][6][edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Wisconsin–River Falls Falcons (NCHA/WSUAC) (1981-82–1983-84)
1981-82 Wisconsin–River Falls 21-13-0 3rd/1st
1982-83 Wisconsin–River Falls 24-6-1 2nd/1st NAIA National Champion
1983-84 Wisconsin–River Falls 21-10-1 3rd/1st
Wisconsin–River Falls: 66-29-2
Miami RedHawks (CCHA) (1989-90–1993-94)
1989-90 Miami 12-24-4 8-21-3 7th CCHA Quarterfinals
1990-91 Miami 5-29-3 3-26-3 9th
1991-92 Miami 18-16-6 12-14-6 5th CCHA Consolation Game (Loss)
1992-93 Miami 27-9-5 22-3-5 1st NCAA West Regional Quarterfinals
1993-94 Miami 21-16-1 17-12-1 5th CCHA Second Round
Miami: 83-94-19 62-76-18
Denver Pioneers (WCHA) (1994-95–2012-13)
1994-95 Denver 25-15-2 18-12-2 t-2nd NCAA East Regional Semifinals
1995-96 Denver 22-14-3 17-12-3 3rd WCHA Quarterfinals
1996-97 Denver 24-13-4 17-11-4 t-4th NCAA East Regional Semifinals
1997-98 Denver 11-25-2 8-18-2 8th WCHA First Round
1998-99 Denver 26-13-2 15-11-2 3rd NCAA East Regional Quarterfinals
1999-00 Denver 16-23-2 9-18-1 9th WCHA First Round
2000-01 Denver 19-15-4 14-11-3 6th WCHA First Round
2001-02 Denver 32-8-1 26-6-1 1st NCAA West Regional Semifinals
2002-03 Denver 21-14-6 11-11-6 7th WCHA First Round
2003-04 Denver 27-12-5 13-10-5 t-4th NCAA National Champion
2004-05 Denver 32-9-2 19-7-2 t-1st NCAA National Champion
2005-06 Denver 21-15-3 17-8-3 t-2nd WCHA First Round
2006-07 Denver 21-15-4 13-11-4 4th WCHA First Round
2007-08 Denver 26-14-1 16-11-1 3rd NCAA Midwest Regional Semifinals
2008-09 Denver 23-12-5 16-8-4 2nd NCAA West Regional Semifinals
2009-10 Denver 27-10-4 19-5-4 1st NCAA East Regional Semifinals
2010-11 Denver 25-12-5 17-8-3 2nd NCAA Midwest Regional Final
2011-12 Denver 25-14-4 16-8-4 6th NCAA Midwest Regional Semifinals
2012-13 Denver 20-14-5 13-9-5 t-4th NCAA Northeast Regional Semifinals
Denver: 443-267-64 294-195-59
Total: 592-390-85

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Men's Ice Hockey Coaches Career" (Search for Gwozdecky under Player/Coach Search). National Collegiate Athletic Association. Retrieved 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ a b c "Bio: George Gwozdecky". University of Denver. Retrieved 2010-07-09. 
  3. ^ "George Gwozdecky To Join Miami's Cradle of Coaches Association". CBS College Sports Network. 2006-10-02. Retrieved 2010-07-09. 
  4. ^ Hunt, Michael (1993-03-26). "Gwozdecky influenced by 'Badger Bob'". The Milwaukee Sentinel. Retrieved 2010-07-09. 
  5. ^ "2011-12 Miami RedHawks Hockey Record Book". Miami RedHawks. Retrieved 2014-07-17. 
  6. ^ "2013-14 Denver Hockey Media Guide". Denver Pioneers. Retrieved 2014-07-17. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Jeff Jackson
CCHA Coach of the Year
1991–92
1992–93
Succeeded by

Red Berenson
Preceded by
Ron Mason
Scott Sandelin
Spencer Penrose Award
1992–93
2004–05
Succeeded by
Don Lucia
Enrico Blasi
Preceded by
Don Lucia
Dean Blais
Scott Sandelin
Dave Hakstol
WCHA Coach of the Year
1994–95
2001–02
2004–05 (co-winner with Bob Motzko)
2009–10
Succeeded by
Don Lucia
Troy Jutting
Don Lucia/Jamie Russell
Dean Blais