UND coach Dave Hakstol is a finalist for the Spencer Penrose Award as the national coach of the year for the sixth time in his seven seasons with the Sioux.
For more on that, including a comment from captain Chay Genoway, read this story.
This is Hakstol’s best chance to win the award. His team has won 32 games, which is tied for the third-best in program history. Only the 1981-82 and 1986-87 teams won more games. His team won the MacNaughton Cup, the Broadmoor Trophy, the Midwest Regional and it boasts a Hobey Baker finalist.
The two other Penrose finalists from the WCHA also have UND connections. Omaha’s Dean Blais coached the Sioux for 10 years and Duluth’s Scott Sandelin played for the Sioux and was an assistant on the 2000 national championship team.
The award will be announced after the Frozen Four. The finalists:
Dave Hakstol, North Dakota
Dean Blais, Nebraska Omaha
Scott Sandelin, Minnesota Duluth
Jerry York, Boston College
Jeff Jackson, Notre Dame
Red Berenson, Michigan
Paul Pearl, Holy Cross
Nate Leaman, Union
2010 — Wayne Wilson, RIT
2009 — Jack Parker, Boston Univ.
2008 — Red Berenson, Michigan
2007 — Jeff Jackson, Notre Dame
2006 — Enrico Blasi, Miami
2005 — George Gwozdecky, Denver
2004 — Scott Sandelin, Duluth
2003 — Bob Daniels, Ferris State
2002 — Tim Whitehead, Maine
2001 — Dean Blais, North Dakota
2000 — Joe Marsh, St. Lawrence
1999 — Dick Umile, New Hampshire
1998 — Tim Taylor, Yale
1997 — Dean Blais, North Dakota
1996 — Bruce Crowder, UMass-Lowell
1995 — Shawn Walsh, Maine
1994 — Don Lucia, Colorado College
1993 — George Gwozdecky, Miami
1992 — Ron Mason, Michigan State
1991 — Rick Comley, Northern Michigan
1990 — Terry Slater, Colgate