Doug Woog

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Doug Woog
Biographical details
Born (1944-01-28) January 28, 1944 (age 75)
Saint Paul, MN, USA
Alma materUniversity of Minnesota
Playing career
1966–1967U.S. Nationals
1967–1968Minnesota Nationals
1968US National Team
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1971–1972Minnesota Junior Stars
1973–1977St. Paul Vulcans
1982US World Junior Team (assistant)
1984US Olympic Team (assistant)
1985US World Junior Team
Head coaching record
Overall388–187–40 (.663)
Tournaments21–17 (.553)
Accomplishments and honors
1988 WCHA Regular Season Champion
1989 WCHA Regular Season Champion
1992 WCHA Regular Season Champion
1993 WCHA Tournament Champion
1994 WCHA Tournament Champion
1995 WCHA Regular Season Champion
1996 WCHA Tournament Champion
1997 WCHA Regular Season Champion
1990 WCHA Coach of the Year
2002 US Hockey Hall of Fame
2008 John MacInnes Award

Douglas William Woog (born January 28, 1944) is a former American ice hockey coach and current broadcaster. He is a member of the United States Hockey Hall of Fame, inducted in 2002. Woog was coach of the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers ice hockey team from 1985 to 1999. He was assistant coach of the 1984 U.S. Olympic ice hockey team.

He was a broadcaster for Gopher hockey games for FSN North through the 2009-2010 season. In 2008, he was awarded the John MacInnes Award for his work in amateur hockey in the United States.

Playing career[edit]

Woog played high school hockey for the South St. Paul Packers. Woog was a Minnesota first team all-state player three of his four years at South St. Paul, leading the Packers to four state tournament berths. Woog was the Athletes and Activity Honoree of South St. Paul high school in 1962. He was named to the Minnesota state all-tournament team three of four years and was the tournament's leading scorer in 1962. Woog's No. 7 South St. Paul High School Packer jersey was retired on February 6, 2010. Woog played for the University of Minnesota from 1963-1966. In his three years (freshmen were not allowed to play) with Minnesota, Woog was selected as a first team All-American, named team captain and named MVP in his senior year. Woog was a member of the U.S. national team in 1967.


After finishing his playing career Woog began coaching in Minnesota, first for a year as an assistant with the Minnesota Junior Stars under former teammate and fellow Minnesota alumnus Herb Brooks. in 1973 Woog became the head coach for the St. Paul Vulcans and was the only bench boss the team had in the four years it spent in the MWJHL. In the early 1980s Woog served in many capacities for the United States men's national ice hockey team, including as an assistant at the 1984 Winter Olympics, before being named as the head coach for Minnesota. In his first twelve seasons the Golden Gophers reached the NCAA tournament each year (a record for the start of a career) posting six 30+ win seasons, winning five WCHA titles, three conference tournament titles and made the 1989 NCAA Tournament Final. While the ultimate prize eluded him Woog was one of the most successful coaches in the history of the NCAA when he retired in 1999. In 2015, in his honor they named formerly known, Wakota Arena, to Doug Woog Arena in his home town of South St. Paul.

Head coaching record[edit]


Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Minnesota Golden Gophers (WCHA) (1985–1999)
1985–86 Minnesota 35–13–0 24–10–0 2nd NCAA Third Place Game (Win)
1986–87 Minnesota 34–14–1 25–9–1 2nd NCAA Third Place Game (Win)
1987–88 Minnesota 34–10–0 28–7–0 1st NCAA Third Place Game (Loss)
1988–89 Minnesota 34–11–3 27–6–2 1st NCAA Runner-Up
1989–90 Minnesota 28–16–2 17–9–2 2nd NCAA Quarterfinals
1990–91 Minnesota 30–10–5 22–5–5 2nd NCAA Quarterfinals
1991–92 Minnesota 33–11–0 26–6–0 1st NCAA West Regional Semifinals
1992–93 Minnesota 22–12–8 16–9–7 t-2nd NCAA East Regional Semifinals
1993–94 Minnesota 25–13–4 18–10–4 2nd NCAA Frozen Four
1994–95 Minnesota 25–14–5 16–11–5 4th NCAA Frozen Four
1995–96 Minnesota 29–10–2† 21–9–2† 2nd NCAA West Regional Semifinals
1996–97 Minnesota 27–12–1† 20–9–1† t-1st NCAA West Regional Semifinals
1997–98 Minnesota 17–22–0 12–16–0 6th WCHA First Round
1998–99 Minnesota 15–19–9 10–12–6 5th WCHA Third Place Game (Loss)
Minnesota: 388–187–40 282–128–35
Total: 388–187–40

      National champion         Postseason invitational 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

Mike Guentzel served as interim coach for three games while Woog was suspended on two occasions

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
All-WCHA First Team 1964–65
AHCA West All-American 1964–65

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Rick Comley
WCHA Coach of the Year
Succeeded by
Rick Comley