Scott Sandelin

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Scott Sandelin
Born (1964-08-08) August 8, 1964 (age 52)
Hibbing, MN, USA
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Defense
Shot Right
Played for Montreal Canadiens
Philadelphia Flyers
Minnesota North Stars
National team  United States
NHL Draft 40th overall, 1982
Montreal Canadiens
Playing career 1986–1992

Scott Alan Sandelin (born August 8, 1964) is an American former professional ice hockey player. He is currently the head coach of the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs men's ice hockey team. In 2011, he became the first coach in Bulldog history to lead them to a national title. It was a 3–2 overtime game against the University of Michigan at the Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minnesota. He grew up in Hibbing, Minnesota where he went on to be drafted in the second round by the Montreal Canadiens (40th overall) and play collegiate hockey for the North Dakota Fighting Sioux.

Collegiate career[edit]

His senior year at North Dakota Sandelin was chosen as a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award, ALL-WCHA First Team, All American Second team, and the MVP of the Fighting Sioux.

Professional career[edit]

His NHL career included seven seasons, Canadiens (1986–88), Philadelphia Flyers (1990–91), and his home state team, the Minnesota North Stars (1991–92). His career was cut short with continuous injuries but managed four assists in 25 games. His playing years also included stints with the US World Junior Championships team in 1984 and World Championships in 1986.


Sandelin started his coaching career with the Fargo-Moorhead Junior Kings of the Junior Elite Hockey League, which he was with from 1993 to 1994. From there he went to work on the North Dakota staff from 1994 to 2000. The first three as a recruiter and assisting with games and practices. The last three were spent as an associate head coach to Dean Blais, now with the Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks. In his years with Fighting Sioux, they went on to make four NCAA from (1996 to 2000), win two National Champions in (1996–97 and 1999–2000), three WCHA regular season champions from (1996–99) and two WCHA conference tournament champions in (1996–97 and 1999–2000).


On March 30, 2000, Sandelin accepted the job as the head coach of the University of Minneasota-Duluth Bulldogs for long time Bulldog coach Mike Sertich. Has head coach he has led the Bulldogs to six 22+ win seasons, four NCAA tournament appearances in (2003–04, 2008–09, and 2010–2012). In (2008–09) he knocked off his former North Dakota team to become the WCHA Final Five Champions. Then in (2010–2011) the Bulldogs made a run in the NCAA tournament to become the 2011 NCAA Champions, beating Yale, Union, Notre Dame and Michigan for the title. Both times the NCAA Frozen Four has been held at the Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, a Minnesota team has won in overtime, University of Minnesota in (2001–02) beating the University of Maine 4–3 and the Bulldogs in (2010–11) against the University of Michigan 3–2. He made the Bulldogs the second Division I collegiate team in Minnesota to take home the Frozen Four Title, the Minnesota Golden Gophers (5) and the Bulldogs (1). In (2003–04) he was named the WCHA Coach of the year and the National Coach of the year posting a 28–13–4 record and leading the Bulldogs to a third-place finish in the Frozen Four. Sandelin was 2nd in his Championship year with the Bulldogs. He has also produced two Hobey Baker winners in Junior Lessard in 2004 and Jack Connolly in 2012, along with 15 future NHL hockey players and 17 All WCHA selections. During the stretch he was the US National Junior coach in 2004 and assistant coach in 2011. In the 2011–12 season he led the Bulldogs to a 17 game unbeaten streak, and the first time in Bulldog history at the number one in the USCHO polls for 9 straight weeks.

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
All-WCHA First Team 1985–86 [1]
AHCA West Second-Team All-American 1985–86 [2]


  1. ^ "WCHA All-Teams". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved May 19, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Men's Ice Hockey Award Winners" (PDF). Retrieved June 11, 2013. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Bob Daniels
Spencer Penrose Award
Succeeded by
George Gwozdecky
Preceded by
Troy Jutting
WCHA Coach of the Year
Succeeded by
George Gwozdecky
Bob Motzko