George Gwozdecky
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George Gwozdecky
George Gwozdecky
Current position
TitleHead Coach
TeamValor Christian High School
Biographical details
Born (1953-07-17) July 17, 1953 (age 66)
Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
Playing career
Position(s)Left Wing
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1981-1984Wisconsin-River Falls
1984-1989Michigan State (assistant)
2013-2015Tampa Bay Lightning (assistant)
2015-PresentValor Christian High School
Head coaching record
Accomplishments and honors
1977 NCAA National Champion
1982 WSUAC Regular Season Champion
1983 WSUAC Regular Season Champion
1983 NAIA National Champion
1984 WSUAC Regular Season Champion
1986 NCAA National Champion (assistant)
1993 CCHA Regular Season Champion
1999 WCHA Tournament Champion
2002 WCHA Regular Season Champion
2002 WCHA Tournament Champion
2004 NCAA National Champion
2005 WCHA Regular Season Champion
2005 WCHA Tournament Champion
2005 NCAA National Champion
2008 WCHA Tournament Champion
2010 WCHA Regular Season Champion
1992 CCHA Coach of the Year
1993 CCHA Coach of the Year
1993 Spencer Penrose Award
1995 WCHA Coach of the Year
2002 WCHA Coach of the Year
2004 Wisconsin Hockey Hall of Fame
2005 WCHA Coach of the Year
2005 Spencer Penrose Award
2010 WCHA Coach of the Year

George Gwozdecky (born July 17, 1953)[1] is a Canadian ice hockey coach. He resigned as an assistant coach with the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League (NHL) in June 2015. He has recently accepted a job as the head hockey coach at Valor Christian High School in Highlands Ranch, CO.[2]

He was the head coach for the University of Denver Pioneers hockey team for 19 seasons, from 1994 until 2013. The Pioneers won 2 national championships (2004/2005) under his guidance, and won at least 20 games in each of the last 12 seasons in which he coached them. He joined the Pioneers as head coach in 1994.[3]

He is a member of the prestigious Miami University "Cradle of Coaches",[4] and is the only person to win the NCAA National Championship as a player (with Wisconsin in 1977), assistant coach (at Michigan State in 1986), and head coach with Denver (2004 and 2005).[3]

He is a native of Thunder Bay, Ontario,[5] and is married to his wife, Bonnie. The couple's 23-year-old daughter Adrienne, attended the University of Denver and is a first year law student at the Georgetown University Law Center, in Washington, D.C.[3]

Head coaching record

Statistics overview
Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Wisconsin-River Falls Falcons (NCHA/WSUAC) (1981-1984)
1981-82 Wisconsin-River Falls 21-13-0 3rd/1st
1982-83 Wisconsin-River Falls 24-6-1 2nd/1st NAIA National Champion
1983-84 Wisconsin-River Falls 21-10-1 3rd/1st
Wisconsin-River Falls: 66-29-2
Miami Redskins (CCHA) (1989-1994)
1989-90 Miami 12-24-4 8-21-3 7th CCHA Quarterfinals
1990-91 Miami 5-29-3 3-26-3 9th
1991-92 Miami 18-16-6 12-14-6 5th CCHA Consolation Game (Loss)
1992-93 Miami 27-9-5 22-3-5 1st NCAA West Regional Quarterfinals
1993-94 Miami 21-16-1 17-12-1 5th CCHA Second Round
Miami: 83-94-19 62-76-18
Denver Pioneers (WCHA) (1994-2013)
1994-95 Denver 25-15-2 18-12-2 t-2nd NCAA East Regional Semifinals
1995-96 Denver 22-14-3 17-12-3 3rd WCHA Quarterfinals
1996-97 Denver 24-13-4 17-11-4 t-4th NCAA East Regional Semifinals
1997-98 Denver 11-25-2 8-18-2 8th WCHA First Round
1998-99 Denver 26-13-2 15-11-2 3rd NCAA East Regional Quarterfinals
1999-00 Denver 16-23-2 9-18-1 9th WCHA First Round
2000-01 Denver 19-15-4 14-11-3 6th WCHA First Round
2001-02 Denver 32-8-1 26-6-1 1st NCAA West Regional Semifinals
2002-03 Denver 21-14-6 11-11-6 7th WCHA First Round
2003-04 Denver 27-12-5 13-10-5 t-4th NCAA National Champion
2004-05 Denver 32-9-2 19-7-2 t-1st NCAA National Champion
2005-06 Denver 21-15-3 17-8-3 t-2nd WCHA First Round
2006-07 Denver 21-15-4 13-11-4 4th WCHA First Round
2007-08 Denver 26-14-1 16-11-1 3rd NCAA Midwest Regional Semifinals
2008-09 Denver 23-12-5 16-8-4 2nd NCAA West Regional Semifinals
2009-10 Denver 27-10-4 19-5-4 1st NCAA East Regional Semifinals
2010-11 Denver 25-12-5 17-8-3 2nd NCAA Midwest Regional Final
2011-12 Denver 25-14-4 16-8-4 6th NCAA Midwest Regional Semifinals
2012-13 Denver 20-14-5 13-9-5 t-4th NCAA Northeast Regional Semifinals
Denver: 443-267-64 294-195-59
Total: 592-390-85

      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


See also


  1. ^ "Men's Ice Hockey Coaches Career" (Search for Gwozdecky under Player/Coach Search). National Collegiate Athletic Association. Retrieved .
  2. ^ "George Gwozdecky named head hockey coach at Valor Christian High School". Denver Post. 2015-08-07. Retrieved .
  3. ^ a b c "Bio: George Gwozdecky". University of Denver. Archived from the original on 2011-05-20. Retrieved .
  4. ^ "George Gwozdecky To Join Miami's Cradle of Coaches Association". CBS College Sports Network. 2006-10-02. Retrieved .
  5. ^ Hunt, Michael (1993-03-26). "Gwozdecky influenced by 'Badger Bob'". The Milwaukee Sentinel. Retrieved .
  6. ^ "2011-12 Miami RedHawks Hockey Record Book" (PDF). Miami RedHawks. Retrieved .
  7. ^ "2013-14 Denver Hockey Media Guide" (PDF). Denver Pioneers. Retrieved .

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