Gwozdecky led DU to back-to-back national championships in 2004 and 2005. He leaves with his team having posted 20 or more wins in 12 consecutive years (only Michigan has had a longer string), guiding DU to their sixth consecutive NCAA Tournament berth this year.
Oh, and let's not forget all of his former players who are now playing in the NHL, including the one that won the Hobey Baker Award in 2006.
Not kidding at all. 19 seasons, 2 national championships. One of the top programs in the country, his pick of players and perennial choke jobs. Simply not that good for the resources he's had at his disposal and apparently the administration at DU agreed with me.
I have no idea how having coached players who play in the NHL makes one an NHL caliber coach. Should we find Matt Carle's squirt coach too? Hell, by this standard I think many of us here are NHL caliber players.
Originally Posted by Bonzai12
And coaching at this altitude is one more thing. You can't make an argument for shorter games without mentioning the physical demands (and advantages vs. an opponent) of playing at altitude.
I really don't know what you think I was referring to, but it had nothing to do with shorter games and altitude.
My point was how a coach prepares his team for games, the ratio of practice time and instruction time relative to the number of games, the amount of travel, etc are all so vastly different as to call into question how comparable the two are. Off the ice, the game is very different. These are many of the reasons Dean Blaise cited for wanting to coach NCAA.
__________________ “It’s embarrassing. I’m embarrassed to be here right now. It’s not even funny. And it’s just embarrassing, the way we, you know, the energy we have in the room and the way we approach practices and the way we approach this game. It’s not how you’re going to win any games in this league." - Jean-Sebastien Giguere, April 8 2013
After dancing around like a little girl while squilling like a tweener at a just bieber concert - i think i can think now. I think. Cant wait to see our new coach. Who will it be? Can i think? Am i thinking? Am i typing? I dunno whats goin on. I was wrong. Still too excited to think