College Hockey:
Massachusetts-Lowell’s Bazin earns Spencer Penrose Award as top Division I men’s coach

— Massachusetts-Lowell’s Norm Bazin has been named the Spencer Penrose Award winner as the Division I men’s coach of the year.

Bazin led the River Hawks to Hockey East regular season and playoff titles and a No. 1 regional seed in the NCAA tournament. Lowell plays Yale in the Frozen Four semifinals on Thursday.

Finalists for the award, presented by the American Hockey Coaches Association, are the coaches of Frozen Four teams and the winners of the league coach of the year awards.

In his second season at his alma mater, Bazin has led the River Hawks to a 28-10-2 record that includes wins in 14 of their last 15 games.

He has been his league’s coach of the year four years in a row: two at Lowell, two at Hamilton in the Division III NESCAC.

Last season, he posted the largest turnaround in NCAA Division I history, taking Lowell from five wins in 2010-11 to a 24-13-1 season in 2011-12.

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  • tape

    Congratulations to Norm Bazin!

    Should have won it last year too, but this’ll do I’m sure.

  • Joseph Crowley

    Congratulations, Coach Norm Bazin and the UMass Riverhawks!

    The trip to the Frozen Four and your first Hockey East Regular Season and Championship Trophies are testimony to your hard work and dedication!

    Three cheers up Route 3 from Comm. Ave.

  • Bob Neal

    Although he is deserving, this might be more for last year where he should have been the obvious choice. Good luck to Lowell on Thursday. Go Chiefs !!!

  • BBear94

    Well deserved award and hope they get another title for HEA and the first for Lowell, they deserve it after the great season they put together. Good luck tonight!

  • hockeyman41

    Congratulations Coach Bazin and supporting cast, coaches and players. Terrific accomplishments this season. The Penrose Award is richly deserved and best of luck in the Frozen Four.

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