Scott Owens (ice hockey)

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Scott Owens
Current position
Titlehead coach / gm
TeamSioux Falls Stampede
Biographical details
Born (1956-03-07) March 7, 1956 (age 62)
Madison, WI, USA
Playing career
1975–1979Colorado College
1979–1984TSV Kottern
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1979–1984TSV Kottern (assistant)
1984–1990Wisconsin Capitols
1990–1991Wisconsin (assistant)
1991–1995Colorado College (assistant)
1995–1999Des Moines Buccaneers
1999–2014Colorado College
2015–PresentSioux Falls Stampede
Head coaching record
Overall325–227–54 (.581) (College)
Accomplishments and honors
2003 WCHA Regular Season Champion
2005 WCHA Regular Season Champion
2008 WCHA Regular Season Champion

Scott Owens (born March 7, 1956) is an American ice hockey player and coach. Owens was a long-time head coach of Colorado College, and is now the head coach of the Sioux Falls Stampede.[1]


Scott Owens made his first appearance for the Colorado College Tigers during the 1975–76 season during one of their better (though still nominally bad) periods.[2] While none of his four years saw CC finish with a winning record, they did earn their only conference title in school history in 1978. Once he had graduated Owens became a player-assistant coach with TSV Kottern, which played in varying levels of West Germany's amateur leagues, for five years before returning to North America.

Owens' next job came in his home town of Madison as General manager for the newly formed Madison Capitols.[3] After two seasons in that position, Owens added the responsibilities as head coach to his duties with the Capitols, and under his leadership the team routinely finished in the top half of league standings. Owens left after the 1989–90 season to accept a position at Wisconsin as an assistant under his old head coach Jeff Sauer and moved back to his alma mater in the same capacity the following season. After four more seasons with the Tigers Owens headed back to the USHL as head coach of the Des Moines Buccaneers.[4]

Despite a rocky start that saw his first losing record as a head coach, Owen's tenure in Des Moines was even more successful than his time with the Capitols. In his third year the Buccaneers won the Anderson Cup as the best regular season team and followed it up with a repeat performance in addition to a Clark Cup for winning the league title. Now a proven champion, Owens matriculated back to Colorado Springs to take over as head coach. With the departed Don Lucia having revived the moribund program Owens stepped in and had immediate success, making the NCAA three straight seasons early on.[5] The fourth year culminated with Peter Sejna, a player Owens had coached in and recruited from Des Moines, winning the Hobey Baker Award, the first in school history.[6]

Two years later Owens has his best season with Colorado College, winning 31 games and marching all the way into the 2005 Frozen Four and earning CC its second Hobey Baker winner, Marty Sertich. After the huge success in the early years Colorado College began to slip back into the rest of the pack. While still recording winning seasons over the next seven years, CC would only top 20 wins three times and win only one more game in the NCAA Tournament before CC posted its first losing season in 20 years at 18–19–5 in 2012–13. The following year was much worse as the Tigers won only seven games and after it was over Owens stepped down as head coach after 15 seasons.[7] At the time of his retirement Owens was both the longest tenured and winngest coach in Colorado College's ice hockey program history.

On May 22, 2015 Owens returned to coaching and the USHL when he was named head coach of the Sioux Falls Stampede.

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Colorado College Tigers (WCHA) (1999–2013)
1999–00 Colorado College 18–18–3 14–11–3 5th WCHA First Round
2000–01 Colorado College 27–13–1 17–11–0 4th NCAA East Regional Semifinals
2001–02 Colorado College 27–13–3 16–10–2 4th NCAA West Regional Semifinals
2002–03 Colorado College 30–7–5 19–4–5 1st NCAA Midwest Regional Final
2003–04 Colorado College 20–16–3 11–15–2 7th WCHA Quarterfinal
2004–05 Colorado College 31–9–3 19–7–2 t-1st NCAA Frozen Four
2005–06 Colorado College 24–16–2 15–11–2 5th NCAA Midwest Regional Semifinals
2006–07 Colorado College 18–17–4 13–12–3 5th WCHA First Round
2007–08 Colorado College 28–12–1 21–6–1 1st NCAA West Regional Semifinals
2008–09 Colorado College 16–12–10 12–9–7 4th WCHA First Round
2009–10 Colorado College 19–17–3 12–13–3 6th WCHA First Round
2010–11 Colorado College 23–19–3 13–13–2 6th NCAA West Regional Final
2011–12 Colorado College 18–16–2 15–12–1 5th WCHA First Round
2012–13 Colorado College 18–19–5 11–13–4 8th WCHA Runner-Up
Colorado College: 317–204–48 208–147–37
Colorado College Tigers (NCHC) (2013–2014)
2013–14 Colorado College 7–24–6 6–13–5–1 7th NCHC Quarterfinals
Colorado College: 7–24–6 6–13–5–1
Total: 324–228–54

      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



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  2. ^ "Colorado College Men's Hockey Team History". Retrieved 2014-07-22.
  3. ^ "Wisconsin Capitols Statistics and History". Hockey DB. Retrieved 2014-07-22.
  4. ^ "Scott Owens". Elite Prospects. Retrieved 2014-07-22.
  5. ^ "NCAA Division 1 Tournament". College Hockey Historical Archive. Retrieved 2014-07-21.
  6. ^ "NCAA Division 1 Awards". College Hockey Historical Archive. Retrieved 2014-07-21.
  7. ^ "Scott Owens Steps Down as Head Hockey Coach". Colorado College. 2014-04-06. Retrieved 2014-07-22.
  8. ^ "2013–14 Colorado College Media Guide" (PDF). Colorado College Tigers. Retrieved 2014-07-21.

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