Hakstol Is Penrose Finalist Again

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

Recent winners:

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

12 Responses

  1. Chris

    There is a lot of sentiment out there that Hakstol is not a great coach but how do you disagree with being a finalist for coach of the year again and this team is impressive and it is all his and the coaching staffs recruits. On a side note, Can we make a request to keep the beer prices for the viewing party as the normal beer prices at the Ralph. If I wasn’t going to the FF, then I would drive up to GF just to watch the game and get $3 beers!

    1. Scott

      Completely agree. Hakstol has received plenty of unfair criticism over the years (I’ve always wondered if this stems from a lot of Sioux fans also being Twins and Vikings fans and the fact that they are just used to coach bashing), but he’s had this team in contention every season since he took over. Five Frozen Four appearances in seven years? Any program in the country would pay to have that success. I’m not familiar with his current contract, but I’d love to see him signed for a really long time.

    1. Scott

      Just in case he does show up, I’ve prepared this:

      Since taking over in 2004, Hakstol has been one of the top coaches in college hockey, and is near the top in every coaching category. These numbers include this season.

      Wins – 187 (2nd) (Berenson is first with 194)
      Win % – .655 (4th)
      NCAA Tournament Appearances – 7 (t-1st) (Berenson (Mich) and Umile (UNH) only other coaches to appear in all seven seasons)
      Frozen Four Appearances – 5 (1st) (York (BC) has four and no other coach has more than two)

  2. SiouxperKev

    I thought Hak deserved the WCHA coach of the year, but what do I know. Who’s this Blais guy anyway? 🙂

  3. Jolly George

    Scott, you forgot the most important stat 0 NCCA titles. Do you consider Doug Woog a great coach? He had six 30+ wins in 13 seasons. Hakstol just had his first in seven seasons. People will always complain until he wins his first title and even after if he doesn’t win in the next couple. Everyone agrees that the expectations are high at UND. So do you want to win or be the bridesmaid? I personally hope that he breaks through this year because Hakstol is a good coach and a great guy.

    1. Scott

      Jolly, UND better fire him then, right? So what’s your definition of greatness, 30-win seasons or national championships? The bottom line is that Hakstol has won consistently and put UND in position for a national title every season. I think at some point the players have to finish the job. I’d love a national championship every year, but that’s not realistic, even at a program like UND. Also, this is only his seventh season. Jerry York didn’t win his first national title until his 11th season. It took Ron Mason 20 years and three schools to win his first title.

      Right now Hakstol is one of the best coaches in college hockey and based on what he’s accomplished to this point, I’d say he’s a great coach. Will he be a great coach at the end of his career? Time will tell. Once he does win the title next weekend, hopefully fans like yourself will spend your energy complaining about something else.

      And to answer your question about Woog, I’d say he was a great college hockey coach. Greatness in sports can’t solely be defined by championships, because by that logic Trent Dilfer is a better quarterback than Dan Marino.

  4. Jolly George

    Scott, just because I’m not a Hakstol nut-hugger doesn’t make me less of a fan then you. I was just pointing out some facts like you were. Who are considered the best quarterbacks in the NFL? Joe Montana and Tom Brady. Dan Marino is considered to be a step down from them because he never won any titles. You can also see this in basketball. Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, and Micheal Jordon are always considered greater then Charles Barkley because of the championships they have won. I said Hakstol was doing a good job, so I don’t know why you are making it sound like I said he should be fired.

    1. Scott

      Try re-reading my post and then make your retort. I don’t recall stating anything about the level of my fan status. Clearly you’ve lost the argument as you have to result to name-calling. Your point was that Hakstol couldn’t be considered great (which I didn’t even claim in my original post, just that he was one of the best coaches currently in college hockey) because he hadn’t won a championship. I strongly disagree with that sentiment, and I think it’s bogus to judge players or coaches solely on championships won, which is what you are doing. So ever role/bench player to be on a championship team is “greater” than a Hall of Famer who didn’t win a championship? Dohkay.

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