Former coach Doug Woog earns MacInnes Award

The award is given to those who show great concern for youth and amateur hockey.

Former Minnesota men’s hockey coach Doug Woog has been honored with the American Hockey Coaches Association’s John MacInnes Award – presented to honorees that show “a great concern for amateur hockey and youth programs.”

“I can’t think of any other award I’ve received that’s more gratifying because you’re rewarded for the work you’ve done by your colleagues in the field of your choice,” Woog said.

In 14 seasons behind the Gophers bench, Woog led the team to 12 national tournament appearances and an overall record of 389-187-40 – the most wins for any coach in Minnesota history.

Weekly awards

No. 4 Colorado College picked up a pair of Western Collegiate Hockey Association awards this week after sweeping nonconference foe and 13th-ranked Clarkson.

Sophomore forward Mike Testwuide and senior defenseman Jack Hillen combined for a +5 plus-minus rating and nine total points over the weekend – giving them the WCHA Offensive Player of the Week and Defensive Player of the Week, respectively.

Meanwhile, Minnesota State freshman forward Andrew Sackrison garnered the conference’s Rookie of the Week honors after tallying two goals and two assists in the Mavericks surprising sweep over Denver last weekend.

Hakstol suspended

North Dakota coach Dave Hakstol was looking forward to having this weekend off after a hard battle with the Gophers last week.

Now, because of his actions during last Saturday’s second period, Hakstol will have the weekend after that free as well.

The fourth-year coach was suspended for two games and given a letter of reprimand earlier this week by the University of North Dakota.

“Obviously we were disappointed by the grossly inappropriate actions of Dave Hakstol last Saturday,” UND President Charles E. Kupchella said. “There is simply no excuse for such displays, anywhere, anytime, under any circumstances.”

The school’s ruling was applauded by WCHA chair Bill Hudson.

“The Western Collegiate Hockey Association echoes President Kupchella’s concerns over the actions of coach Dave Hakstol in the game that occurred on Feb. 2,” Hudson said. “We appreciate the rapid response and action taken by the University of North Dakota today, and we are in complete agreement with that decision.”

Hudson also added that the WCHA now considers this matter closed.

Hakstol had previously apologized for his actions last weekend when he made an inappropriate gesture toward referee Don Adam.