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Hakstol signs six-year extension at North Dakota through ’17-18 season

North Dakota coach Dave Hakstol signed a new six-year contract Thursday that will keep him behind the Fighting Sioux bench through the 2017-18 season.

Through his first eight seasons as UND head coach, Hakstol has become the third-winningest coach in program history, compiling a 213-106-30 overall record and a 129-75-20 mark in WCHA play.

“I’m pleased to have the opportunity to continue working and living in what I consider to be the best environment in hockey,” Hakstol said in a news release. “I’m particularly grateful for the confidence [North Dakota AD] Brian Faison has shown in me and my staff. We’re here to win and to do it the right way.”

A six-time finalist for the Spencer Penrose Award, Hakstol has guided the Sioux to five Frozen Four appearances, four WCHA Final Five playoff championships, two WCHA regular-season titles and has advanced to the NCAA postseason in each of his eight years. He was named WCHA coach of the year in 2008-09.

Hakstol is the fourth UND head coach in the past 43 years and just the fifth former Sioux player to also become head coach at North Dakota.


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  • Scpa0305

    Great work Dave….go get it!

  • Guest

    6 more years choking in the NCAAs!

    • collegehockeyfan

      6 more years of making the tournament at least ;)

      • nogofer

        Since Hakstol took over as head coach in 2004, UND has won more games and scored more goals than anyone in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.  And mn hasn’t won a NC since Hak took the helm.  Any questions?

        • Ghsfha

          Your correct, and either has  the Chokster – Any Questions!

          • nogofer

             Yes, I AM correct. My comments are factually based and easily verifiable. Next question?

        • WorstFansEver

          So you measure success by Minnesota not winning?  Ok then.

          • nogofer

            Did you enjoy getting pounded by BC on National TV?  I know I enjoyed watching BC embarrass you…

          • WorstFansEver

            Not a Minnesota fan, Einstein.

          • nogofer

            Just anti-Sioux?  We call people like you racists…

          • Lakes18

            Do you enjoy getting pounded at the Xcel Energy Center in the Regional on National TV?

            I will take losing in the Frozen Four over losing in the Regional.  Minnesota was their,  North Dakota was at home playing pocket pool!

          • nogofer

            Broadmoor Trophy?  6 unanswered goals?  4 unanswered goals?   I await your reply when you get off the bus this afternoon…

          • jcc

            well were still giving you a beatdown in all time head to head series, only reason why you have 7 is because you dont play us enough. also, we beat you 6-2 in gf, haha how embarrassing. and if i remember right you guys lost to bc in denver colorado in an ncaa semi game 7-2 or 8-2!?

          • nogofer

            2 words:  HOLY CROSS…

          • jcc

            blake wheeler in 07 wcha finals, you have a losing record to 3 teams, you cant produce your own talent, 6-2 loss at rea, you got spanked against bc too in a ncaa semi, dean blais was born and raised in minnesota and played hockey at the U and take away his 2 ncaa championships its 5 to 5 so your welcome, and hell prob come to mn its the only way he can opt out of his contract and our bantam hockey players can beat your hs hockey players

          • jcc

            oh and you also have a losing record against wisconsin and michigan and once again minnesota. i didnt want to count up the tied records you have against other teams because it was a waste of time. just so you know we dont have a losing record against any team 

        • Lakes18

          And Hakstol hasn’t won one either!   What a stupid post! 

          We play for championships and are dissapointed when we fail….  North Dakota plays for stats and is happy with that!

          Seven more years of being happy with stats!  Good for you

          • nogofer

            How does your using ND kids to win your first championship in 23 years sit with you as you chastise ND for using MN kids in their program?

          • Lakes18

            Sits very well dofus….  We don’t have to rely on other states and countries to have a hockey program.

            Try playing with your homegrown kids and see where it gets you.  You talk about nothing here in Minnesota and our state doesn’t know how to spend money, yet you have to rely on us to have a hockey program at the Divison I level.

          • Fan Man

             Oh you dont?  Plutony, Vanek starting to ring a bell…  Im getting dumber by the second reading your crap!  You garbage is absolutely irrelevant on here and I am so tired of hearing 2 since 01′    Got anything else to add besides…..    You had 1 good year in the last five so now you think your the big (ten) guy huh

          • Lakes18

            Sorry bitter no nickname fan….  You guys keep settling for stats!  Seven more years of never winning the championship!

          • Fan Man

             Um ya the nickname is still the Sioux retar-d!  Try picking up a newspaper

          • nogofer

            IF Lakes18 (he/she) really knew hockey he/she would know it is all about the stats. When the numbers are right, you win. As a simple example that even he/she should understand, consider the assists to goals. Assists make goals possible. Stats count, among other things, assists. If you don’t think coaching staffs examine stats you really have NO business posting here…

          • GopherTuba69

            Vanek played prep hockey at Shattuck St Mary’s in Fairbault, MINNESOTA!!! Potulny, well… he left Grand Forks and went to Lincoln to play in the USHL and realized he never wanted to go back! Best decision of his life :)

          • Fan Man

             If that was such a good decision, why is he and Irmen still pondering around in the Minors….   Not Lucia’s fault though I guess right

          • jcc

            4 players from the whole roster are not from or born in minnesota, but one of those 4 played hockey at shattuck. prior to this, in all of minnesotas hockey history, not including these 4, there have been less than 10 probably about 8 hockey players who were not born in or from minnesota, but may have played here prior to college. so if you can comprehend this what i am saying is that as long as minnesota has had a team, there have been less than 15 players who were not born in or from this state….

          • Agassiseven

            Really ???? You really want to go there..  Gophs have had 2 guys from ND.. Goons usually have 6 to 8 Minnesotans each year..  Another great point Dumb ace..

          • nogofer

            So 2 is ok and 6 or 8 is not?  What is the threshold?  Is there an NCAA rule?  If you don’t undersand the hypocrisy I cannot help you…

          • Scott Reed

            You play for championships…we still have more of those than you! Whats your point.  Recent success? MN has been a joke for the last 5 years before this least season.  You think this makes you revelent again, don’t count your chickens before they hatch.  Any program in the country would gladly take the success that Hakstol has brought to UND, no questions!

          • Lakes18

            2000-2012 National Championships

            Minnesota  2

            North Dakota 0

            That is not having success!  When Minnesota loses were not happy and think of it as a failed season.

            North Dakota is happy having a winning record!  Have fun with that losers!

          • nogofer

            Hey boy, 2000 was THE FIGHTING SIOUX.  Have you heard of open mouth, insert foot?  Don’t gag yourself…

            So you are saying the 58 teams that don’t win titles wasted their seasons?  Did you even play beyond Squirts?

        • SUXSUK

          And still ZERO NC.   Next..

          • nogofer

            7 > 5.  Next…

    • Scpa0305

      loser

      • nogofer

        Envious is a terrible way for him/her to go through life:  We must give him/her a break…

        • GetBent

          Envious of what now?  No titles in over a decade?

          • MPLS Sioux

            Get Bent? Go back to the 80s

          • GetBent

            Ooooh. . . . you really told me.  Now, how many titles in the last decade?  Maybe it’s time you guys shut up about how great you think you are and how every other program is terrible.

          • nogofer

            At least you have the Lynx…

  • Hschust

    How much per year?

    • collegehockeyfan

      I believe this is public information somewhere, because of the public institution, not quite sure exactly where to find it but with some digging i bet you could find it.  If it were my guess it would be extremely close to 7 digits but not quite.

    • sufan

      $300,000 + incentives.  

      • Ghsfha

        How much incentive dollars does he receive for giving the bird to the refs?

      • NoTitles

        So, in other words, $300,000.

        • nogofer

          No. You may want to read before you embarrass yourself.  Based on this past season his pay would include bonuses that you’ll never earn…

    • Kroger

      His base salary will be $300,000.

  • Eaglesoars

    Hallelujah.  run that streak of no titles.  BC will win two more by the time Hak’s fired

    • Scpa0305

      Wow….the entire WCHA has to hate on us and now BC fans.  Jeez usually they give us some slack because they’re actually good.  You must be that outlier fan I guess.  Loser.

      • CrockOGrimaldi

        Talk about loser.  Where is that guy Scott Read.  Man, he is hating on Boston and you talk about people getting on ND? 

        University of North Dakota will always be able to recruit the academic ineligibles who can’t get into better schools, and Hakstool will let them get frostbite and tear up bars and DWI, and maybe, just maybe, they’ll win another trophy within the next 10 years.  When your chief major is internet surfing and fantasy baseball, you have to pull one out every once in a while.

        Luckily the hyrdrofracking industry can employ a few of these guys before the water supply is tainted and they have to import water to lay down the rink at the Ralph, bwahahahahaha.  BC 3 titles, Goofs 2 since little Karl won his

        • nogofer

          Someone in ND must have really hurt you.  Were you dumped by a girl?    A boy?  Could you not meet the academic requirements?  Or is it jealousy of THE FIGHTING SIOUX success?  (It is usually the latter.)

          I heard ND is so flush with cash that we are going to buy mn’s escalating debt for .30 on the dollar.

          Then, with all our oil money, we are going to re-name it East Dakota.  The first order of business is to close that barn MaryHoochi and put up a respectable pond to try to bring some semblance of pride and class back to mn…

          • Lakes18

            Your a tool! 

            One you have no nickname start accepting that!  What success are you speaking of?  NO NCAA TITLES SINCE HAKSTOL HAS BEEN YOUR COACH!!!!!

            I guess other programs mark success with Championships.  North Dakota marks them with fighting for a nickname!

            Good luck with winning the championship nickname fight!

          • nogofer

            7 National Titles for THE FIGHTING SIOUX.  The SIOUX have 5 since 1980. 
            How many do the prairie rats have since 1980?

          • Lakes18

            Living in the past huh?  Well how many do you have since Hakstol became coach….0!  Minnesota has 2 since Lucia has been coach.

            When was your last title……1997   Minnesota 2002 & 2003!

            Next point moron?

          • Fan Man

             97 moron?  Try 2000   Why o why am I talking to a 12 year old on the internet?  I hope I dont get in trouble for this hahaha

          • nogofer

            He/She says WE live in the past, yet mn rodentia haven’t won since 03…  Hyocrisy?

          • J_ott

            Lakes 18.. U have no argument at all.. Stay out of the hockey talk

          • UofMGoldenChokers

             Wonder how many people ripped Red over there at Michigan cause it took him 12 years to get a title…..yet they consider him one of the best ever. No sense in arguing with these dbags. Not worth the time. They will just try and talk about how good they are and how much ND sucks. We all know ND is much better than their team

          • Scpa0305

            No he was making fun of how your state is run….you have 10 times the people and you liberal radicals continue to spend and waste money you don’t have.  Your state is one of the worst in the entire country.  It’s really unfortunate. Because it is such a beautiful state.

          • Scott Reed

            And they are going to lose the Viqueens too,  which ruins one of my fav jokes. 

            Why doesn’t ND have a professional football team…..because then MN would want one too. 

          • Fan Man

             Correct me if Im wrong but didnt some tiny town from Fargo, ND wup up on your Big 10 Football team this past year?  Please do not brag about Minnesota college or professional sports because it is only going to bring pain for both you and I…   Wild and Twins fan here

          • Scott Reed

            I think your mistaken… I am a Sioux fan not bragging about MN teams

          • jcc

            at least we have professional sports, and our football team has 6 or 7 national titles which is some of the most in the country if i recall. yeah they did have a good d1a football program but it was a fluke. who cares

          • nogofer

            The Queens have how many Super Bowl wins?  On this planet?  You do not recall correctly.  But you do have the Lynx…

          • Guest

            Get a pro team first before you start talking about titles…  You will never have a chance to win one will you farm boy?

          • nogofer

            DR123:  I own property in the Cities.  MANY of us do.  Did you see the sea of Sioux sweaters at the X?  (We call it Ralph East.) 

            How ’bout them Lynx?

            Next insult?

          • jcc

            yeah und travels well, but there were clearly more gopher fans, and before you ask, yes i was there

          • jcc

            gopher football

          • Scott Reed

            Who cares about professional sprots on a college hockey board? I know there can be times when in the context of the conversation it makes sense, and you did not bring it up here, but grow up and take that conversation somewhere else.

            How many of those national titles have been while you were alive?

          • Lakes18

            Yet you fans always want to come here?  What does North Dakota have…. NOTHING, that is why with your oil fields you don’t have to pay for anything!

            Accept waste money on a nickname fight that you can’t win!!!!!!  lol

          • Scott Reed

            Please pleaes please with some sort of intelligence explain how the state is using oil money to fight for the nickname. 

            There is one possible answer I could agree with, but don’t anybody help Lakes18… lets see if that number is his favorite number or his IQ. 

          • Guest

            You can’t read can you?  To bad your name is an oxymoron….lol  

            Your state has money because of oil! 

            Your nickname is not allowed under NCAA rules!  This the money your legislature collects from taxes and permits and so on in ND, is helping your legislature when in session fight for a mandatory nickname.

            So your tax money at the capital is helping pay for  the nickname fight. Most of you have nothing to do with the nickname ( because your not an athlete at the school ) so you all look like whinning babies!

            Get over it!  It’s a nickname then doesn’t help you win or lose games!

          • nogofer

            If you are not Native you can stop now.  You are just the typical mn hater…

          • J_ott

            ND was well in the black before the oil boom! sorry Guest

          • B.D.

            True.  North Dakota is a conservative state that has not fallen into the welfare trap like Minnesota has.
            Until Minnesota wises up they will always have an excess of poverty within their borders and al lthe attendant ills.  Crime, high taxation, debt, and unions.

          • B.D.

            Is there something inherently wrong with having oil production?

          • jcc

            at least we are educated unlike you fat inbreds. top education and were healthy, the money will come and yours will go eventually

          • nogofer

            You wrote that specifically to get me to fall out of my chair laughing?

          • B.D.

            I see no evidence regarding a superior state of education in your posting.  Nor do I see evidence that the poster known is JCC does not suffer from in-breeding.
            I am not sure what you mean by “The money will come and yours will go eventually…”  Perhaps you could restate it in a more clear manner…

          • Lennyak1

            Lakes18: Well stated and I’m with you!  Hakker is 1-5-1 against BC since he took over UND.

        • Scpa0305

          No you are another one of the trashiest people on this site….nothing you post ever get’s me going.  Just some low life posting hate.

        • Scott Reed

          Thank you, I am one man who doesn’t like Boston and you hold me in the same reguards as the entire masses of poeple who hate on UND.  Respect! lol 

          Its nice you point out UND’s character flaws so I can bring up some recent ones from Boston.  After BC won the title in 2010 they had three people arrested for drinking underage, and fleeing the scene after an accident.  What a way to celebrate.  And didn’t BU just kick someone off for sexual assualt?

          But you just keep on hating, nobody takes you seriously on here

          • Fan Man

             Thats for sure!  Crock0shiat is probably one of the more consistent dumbaces on here    All I ever here is oh oh oh 2 to 0 champs in the 2000′s or since 02 or whatever   Your A JOKE

            Guess what, we are in a new decade and that shiot goes like this 7>5

        • collegehockeyfan

          Not a single UND fan enjoys seeing Scott Read’s comments, he doesn’t think logically.  There’s a thing called constructive criticism and just plain retardation, I think Scott falls into option number 2… coming from a Sioux fan

          • Scott Reed

            I would love to have a logical discussion with you, you pick the topic! And I’ll go out on a limb here and guess we both live in GF we can even meet in person over a beer if you have the balls.

          • collegehockeyfan

            You just play the East-West battle and gopher hating.  Your comments are always directed at it, which I understand your a die hard Sioux hockey fan, you want to support your team. 

            You need to realize that there are other good programs out there just like North Dakota.  The Boston schools have had the upper hand the last half decade, and yes, for the first year in awhile, the gophers were a better team this year. 

            Time to respect College hockey as a sport and help the sport grow, not shut every person down because ND has 7 titles. 

            You are equivalent to Alabama fans in football. 

          • Scott Reed

            Looks like youi chose the no balls approach, good choice for you. 

            Easterners are elitests in life, I have had bad expierences everytime I have been out there and I haven’t meet more than a couple people from boston I could stand to be around.  But yes they do have good programs and I have admitted that. 

            I would argue the gohpers had far more talent and a better goalie…but not a better TEAM.

            I’ve only used the 7 titles when its revelant.  when next the preseason rankings come out that has no business being part of the discussion, unless someone else brings up historical success. 

            And I would say my 211 likes would logically point out some UND fans enjoy seeing my comments.

          • Lakes18

            If I recall it was Minnesota beating North Dakota in the regional final! 

            It wasn’t Haula or Rau beating Blood or Kristo!

            That statement you just made was one of the dumbest things I have ever read on here.  

            Hockey is played with 6 guys a team on the ice, not individuals one on one!

            MINNESOTA beat North Dakota plain and simple, the BETTER team won.  Even your coach admitted it after losing!

          • nogofer

            And yet ND Fighting Sioux again own the Broadmoor Trophy, for a record 3rd time in a row, by scoring six (6) unanswered goals on the rodentia en route to a meeting with Denver…

          • jcc

            kind of like how you guys were run out of your OWN building 6-2

          • jcc

            real mature, and no, the gophers did definitely have a better team than the sioux this year. there is no question and there shouldnt be. the reason why you bring up 5<7 is because when it comes down to the head to head matches it is clear who has the better program. only reason you have 7 is because you didnt play those gophers enough

  • Suture

    The immaturity on this board is nauseating.  Wow, how pathetic you people are.  Why don’t all of you tools out there post your age……really, post your age so I can excuse you if you are some 14 year old kid looking for attention. If any of you are older than 14 I will just have to say I feel sorry for you.  Most of the dorks on here are total losers anyway.  ND has the best college hockey program in the country for 10 years running and all you can do is make low-brow comments.  How totally pathetic and low life you people are.  Borrowing from Jack Nicholson…..what’s wrong with you fudging people?

    • ChokeOnYourOwnWords

      As North Dakota fans have been telling us for years, it doesn’t matter if you don’t win a title.

      • nogofer

        mn was embarassed in the NCAA’s on National TV this year…  This years seniors never won a single NCAA Tournament Game…

        • TheCapitalOfNebraskaIsLincoln

          Nice non-sequitor.

          • nogofer

            Lincoln: The statement was it doesn’t matter if you don’t win a title.  My point was the gofer seniors never won ANY NCAA games in their careers.  Please keep up…

          • Lakes18

            I think the won 2 this year dummy.  In fact they spanked North Dakota in one of those at the Xcel Energy Center.

            So you not only wrong in your statement it was a flat out lie!

            Your not very smart are you?

            The Seniors this year just played in the Frozen Four, so im pretty sure they had to win a NCAA game in their careers. 

            Otherwise im not sure how they could have played in the Frozen Four without winning any???

          • nogofer

            I should have said NCAA “Tournament” for your simple mind, you confused Regionals and Nationals…  The NC refers to Nationals, but you young gofer fans will clutch at any straw to make your arguments seem logical in your wee minds…

            “Your not very smart are you?”  I’m not very smart?  Yet I consistently use the correct form of  ’You’re”…

            I guess your bus got you safely home?  (And that IS the correct form of your!)

          • WCHA Fans

            Regionals are NCAA Tournament games smarty! 

            Thank you!

    • Lakes18

      You say best college hockey program the last 10 years huh?  How many championships have you won in those 10 years?

      How many North Dakota kids play for North Dakota? 

      Somebody must measure success way different!

      Thanks for the laugh Suture……..lol

      • nogofer

        Lakes, you missed your school bus again?

        • MPLS Sioux

          It was the short yellow one

        • Lakes18

          Do you miss your potty training class?

          • Fan Man

             I think you are sitting in your own lakes, I mean puddle right now LOL

      • Scott Reed

        Where do you come off with only people from your own state can play on your team.  Its been argued so many times over and over on here and you are on the losing end of it. 

        • Lakes18

          I believe on another post you said our state was awful and not worth anything?  Yet you need Minnesota to have a college hockey team?

          Who needs who nimrod?

          • Fan Man

             We need the whole country to play hockey, not just minnesota nimrod!  Yes MN does produce alot of talented young men and yes, UND takes the best of them because they know that Hak produces quality (NHL ready) players.  Lucia sorry to say needs to go and that is why he only got a what 3 year contract and you should be happy it wasn’t longer… 

            Have some more home ice ya gomer…….

          • Scott Reed

            You show me where I said that… please pull your head out and find that comment. 

            Born and raised in MN and I still work here.  UND alum and I cheer for them.  MN has its problems like any other state, but its still home to me. 

    • Sueh8ter

      you are the only tool on this site, loser!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • nogofer

        Hey Sister, we’ve missed you!

  • Parise to the Wild!

    How is Hakstol a choker?  I didn’t realize he was on the ice during all the games they lost.  It might have something to do with good teams playing well against the Sioux too.  The Sioux didn’t choke this year.  The Gophers were the better team and proved it.  Last year Michigan played well too and deserved the win.  Good teams don’t go deep in the tournaments by accident.  Credit to BC for being the standard of good play throughout the last decade.  BC’s team speed and solid D has always worked well against the Sioux.  How does any of that make Hakstol a bad guy or a choker?  
    Dave brings in great recruits and gives the team a shot to go deep every year by building good line chemistry no matter how young or injury riddled the team may be(something good coaches are supposed to do).  He deserves the contract.  UND will get title #8 soon enough and they have the right coach for the job. 

  • Shany94

    Beg to differ on the best college program running the last 10 years

  • Sueh8ter

    looks like a few more year of not winning anything.  thank god!!!!!!

    • nogofer

      Hey, sister, where have you been?  We missed your dribblings…

  • Hugehockeyfan

    Man, Hakstol and UND hockey must be even better than I thought.  Just look at all the “haters”.  Only thing in life that can bring that many out of the woodwork is pure JEALOUSY!!!

  • JamesDee

    Mr Hakstol doesn’t deserve to make as much as MTUs Mel Pearson.

    I would rather Mr Pearson get a ten year contract and a future job as Commish for the NCHC.

    Hakstol would be good assistant for Coach Pearson.

    • Suh8ter

      hackstool would be a good coach for their ringet team!!  hahaha

  • stickontheice

    Probably a futile attempt, but I am going to try to talk about hockey here. IMO, a coach cannot win a game. They put together a game plan, but the players have to execute it. A coach’s role is to put his team in a position to win a championship, but again, without players performing, it doesn’t matter. By the standards listed here for months, any coach whose team didn’t win a championship was the driving force behind his or her team ‘choking’. No coach has won every title every year, but putting your team in contention year after year is what makes a great coach. In this aspect, Hakstol, York, Mason, Parker and others are the top tier. Until coaches skate in a shootout in a 0-0 game to ice the win, you can’t hang a loss on them alone.

  • icelund

    Fun Fact #1: Since 2004, Dave Hakstol has won more games than all but two coaches in college hockey. Red Berenson (219) and Jerry York (216). Hakstol has 213 and is young enough that either of them could be his father.

    Fun Fact #2: It took Berenson 12 years to pick up a national title after taking over at Michigan.

    Know your facts before posting the sort of garbage that some of your are spewing. Hakstol’s time will come, and it will be the first of many.

    • UofMGoldenChokers

       Couldnt have said it better. Nice job!

  • Siouxplayer2

    Good move for und.. congrats to the fans. He did an unbelievable job with the lack of talent and depth. He is one of the best coaches in the game but will not be considered in the likes of York until he gets some titles

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