College Hockey:
Penn State names Gadowsky its first varsity men’s coach

Guy Gadowsky is Penn State’s first varsity men’s coach.

Gadowsky, who has been head coach at Princeton and Alaska, will lead the Nittany Lions program when it gets started in the 2012-13 season, the school announced on Sunday.

He will be formally introduced at a news conference Monday.

Minnesota-Duluth’s Scott Sandelin and Wisconsin women’s coach Mark Johnson are among the others reported to have interviewed for the Penn State job.

“Guy is the perfect choice for Penn State,” said Penn State president Graham Spanier in a statement. “He has been immensely successful, is a great motivator, knows how to build programs, and has strong academic values.”

“Pursuing success with honor. Building tradition. Achieving excellence. As we launch our hockey program at the Division I level, these are the on and off-ice expectations, and Guy Gadowsky has successfully accomplished these goals and more throughout his career. We welcome Guy and his family to Hockey Valley,” added Penn State director of athletics Tim Curley.

“I am absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to lead Penn State hockey during this transitional period and into Division I,” Gadowsky said. “I am truly honored to join Penn State and the spirit, pride, passion, class and professionalism found within its students, staff and alumni. I am humbled by the tremendous gift by the Pegula family and the commitment by Penn State. This is a very exciting time for college hockey and Penn State and our family is thrilled to be joining the Penn State family.”

Gadowsky led Princeton to two of its three all-time NCAA Championship berths in the 110 years of the program, in 2008 and 2009.

As a collegiate head coach, Gadowsky has helped develop nine players who have played in the National Hockey League, including three of his former Princeton players who have played in the NHL this season: Mike Moore (San Jose), Darroll Powe (Philadelphia) and Kevin Westgarth (Los Angeles).

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  • Go away Penn State

    Penn State should stick to football and has no right mess up college hockey as we know it.

    • hmmmm

      How are they messing up college hockey? as far as I am concerned the more teams and public interest we can get in college hockey the better…. but maybe you know something I don’t….

      • Suture1

        I agree. How on earth is it bad to get another large, well known, prestigious school like Penn State involved in college hockey. As much as we all hate the Gophers we still need them in college hockey. Wisconsin, Michigan and a few others are all schools we need in college hockey no matter who your team is. It may take PSU time to be competitive but this is beside the point. My only argument is that they should have coughed up the money to bring in a big name to bring this program up to a competitive level much sooner than they likely will now (nothing against the guy they hired…..I just think a big name coach would have been the smart move. But, I am glad PSU is starting a hockey team….it will be interesting and will definitely help the exposure college hockey receives. Welcome aboard PSU.

        • Sueh8ter

          as much as we all hate the sue, they should go play in canada, where 90% of their team is from!!!!!

          • UND

            Why are you such a dink? You must belong to a team that we CRUSH on a regular basis. Or do you just hate teams that have a winning record every year.

    • Stripes55

      This guy’s just some twit from one of the smaller CCHA schools that can’t support a team without help from the “big boys”. Suck it up dude.

      • red berenson’s taint

        I love the Big Ten hockey conference, but I’m disappointed because Wayne State got rid of their men’s hockey program. They would be a shoe-in for one of the new CCHA members.

      • Go away Penn State

        Actually Stripes55, I’m from a big school called UND – you know The Fighting Sioux. What I am saying is they are tearing up the CCHA and the WCHA. I love my rivalry with the Gophers and the Badgers. Sure they are our enemies, but these games are intense, especially when it means league points. Why can’t they jump in the CCHA and make it an even 12 teams there. I love college hockey just as much as the next guy, it just seems unfair to tear teams away from their beloved leagues (Michigans included) for a team that won’t amount to squat for a long time.

        • Eddie

          Life is unfair, and then it moves on.

          You don’t love college hockey; you love UND. Schools move from conference to conference in EVERY sport. Get used to it. Follow the money.

          Welcome, Nittany Lions.

          • gopherfan

            And you are obviously a fan of a team that is not being shuffled around. Quit bashing UND.

        • Kazzy53

          Please, please! It’s obvious you girls of the “sue” are only mad at Penn State because they didn’t hire Matt Frattin as their coach!

  • Reedjohnmiller

    Hockey is very popular in PA. Both the Flyers and Pens routinely sell out. The Hershey Bears are the most successful minor league team ever. The Pens get the best local ratings of any NHL team in the US.

    If the smaller schools don’t like the Big Ten starting it’s own league, then tough. If you can’t draw enough fans without playing Michigan/MSU/Minnesota/Wisconsin, then you need to do a better job marketing your program instead of complaining that we’re going to finally get d1 hockey in Happy Valley.

    Some people can’t be happy unless they deny it to others.

  • Anonymous

    Some decent players from PA are starting to take spots on some Hockey East rosters, and PSU should be able to recruit some of those players. Still, the DI teams have gone from 41 to 58 in just a few short years. Another league is the last thing we need. BigTen hockey is all about filling out the roster for the BigTen network, nothing more.

  • http://twitter.com/joecct77 Joe LaCour

    a 12 team conference is probably the max any conference can be and still maintain a viable and sensible conference schedule. If all the conferences are @ 12, then there is no room to expand.

    I hope we expand the number of conferences to allow for expansion.

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