Gwozdecky leaves Pioneers after 19 seasons Two NCAA championships on resume

DENVER – As the University of Denver men’s hockey team prepares for their next run at another NCAA Championship, they will have to do it without a familiar face behind the bench. Three days after being eliminated from the NCAA tournament by the University of New Hampshire, DU announced that long-time head coach George Gwozdecky has left.

In a press release sent out on Monday, by the Division of Athletics and Recreation, the University said that a national search will be conducted to find Gwozdecky’s replacement.

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George Gwozdecky Photo courtesy of Denver Athletics

“He certainly had his fair share of success, returning the program to the pinnacle of the collegiate hockey world during our great run in the middle of the previous decade. In addition, he has always run our program with class and professionalism, which has certainly made our fans proud to be Pioneer supporters,” said Vice Chancellor for Athletics and Recreation Peg Bradley-Doppes.

Since starting in 1994, Gwozdecky went 443-267-64 in 19 seasons with the Pioneers. He also captured two NCAA Championships, three Western Collegiate Hockey Association Regular-Season Titles and four WCHA Playoffs Titles.

The Pioneers recently finished their final season in the WCHA with a 20-14-5 overall record and a 14-9-5 record in the conference.

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9 thoughts on “Gwozdecky leaves Pioneers after 19 seasons

  1. It is a mystery those of us who support the DU program would like answers to.

    Watching Gwoz’ press conference yesterday he indicated that it was a total blindsiding. He went to a meeting with the vice chancellor expecting an end of season discussion and perhaps a plan for continuing talks on his contract extension and instead it was a short meeting where he was informed he was fired.

    Two possibilities are that he was asking for “too much” money which I highly doubt considering his stellar record as head coach and the fact that his current salary is a mere $221,000 a decent increase should have been expected.

    His teams have been eliminated early in the NCAA championships in 5 of the last 6 years but considering how few collegiate teams make it to the tournament that seems like a ridiculous reason for firing a coach with an overall record of 443-267-64 in his 19 years with the program.

  2. I have a problem with this. To say George Gwozdecky “left” is misleading. George was fired. The reasons for his firing were not made available.

    • Terry, I have a problem with it as well. But at the time I was writing the article nobody would talk about a firing, and all that DU would say is that Gwozdecky was leaving.

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