Seven finalists unveiled for Spencer Penrose Award as top Division I men’s coach

Seven coaches have qualified as finalists for the Spencer Penrose Award, given to the top coach in Division I men’s hockey.

To be a finalist, a coach must be given his league’s coach of the year award or lead his team to the Frozen Four.

For 2013, that group includes:

• Yale’s Keith Allain, a Frozen Four coach
• Norm Bazin, the Hockey East coach of the year and a Frozen Four coach
• Enrico Blasi, the CCHA coach of the year
• Dave Burkholder, the Atlantic Hockey coach of the year
• Mike Hastings, the WCHA coach of the year
• Bob Motzko, a Frozen Four coach
• Rand Pecknold, the ECAC Hockey coach of the year and a Frozen Four coach

The winner will be announced on Wednesday, April 10, the day before the national semifinals.

Blasi is the only finalist who has previously won the Spencer Penrose Award, doing so in 2006.