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Scott Sandelin To Interview With Anaheim
By Michael Walters
Sandelin has coached the Bulldogs since 2000. He holds a 369-311-87 record in 19 years at Minnesota Duluth.
Sandelin has coached the Minnesota Duluth to five Frozen Four appearances and three NCAA men’s hockey championships, including back-to-back titles in the past two seasons. Minnesota Duluth won its first national title in 2011 with an overtime victory over Michigan, then beat Notre Dame in 2018 and Massachusetts this past season.
He played in the NHL with the Montreal Canadiens, Philadelphia Flyers, and Minnesota North Stars(now Dallas Stars). He played in 25 games registering four assists and had a -3 on ice rating.
He plans to return to Minnesota-Duluth next season but didn’t completely rule out a position in the NHL. In a postseason news conference in April, he said, “I’m not looking for any opportunity. If somebody calls me, I’ll listen. Right now, my plan is to be back at Duluth and be at Duluth for a long time, hopefully.’’
Sandelin joins a list of several others mentioned in the Anaheim search for a new head coach. Dallas Stas assistant coaches Todd Nelson and Rick Bowness, the Manitoba Moose (AHL) head coach Pascal Vincent, NY Islanders assistant coach Lane Lambert, and San Diego Gulls head coach Dallas Eakins are all in the mix.
Sandelin would be an interesting choice for Anaheim. He would be able to relate to the younger players, which General Manager Bob Murray mentioned being an important characteristic of the next coach. Murray stated communication would key for the new coach at the Hockey Hot Stove event back in March. Sandelin doesn’t know the San Diego Gulls players as well as Dallas Eakins, but he has had success at the NCAA level. If Sandelin is selected as the next Anaheim head coach, the question is can he translate that success to the NHL level?
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June 2nd, 2019