Posted by Melissa Burlaga
Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) Scott Sandelin, who earlier this month marshaled the University of Minnesota Duluth to its first NCAA Division I championship, is going to spend his Christmas break serving as an assistant coach for the 2012 U.S. National Junior Team.
Sandelin, along with fellow assistants Tom Ward (head coach at Shattuck-St. Mary's School) and Joe Exter (coordinator for the Warren Strelow National Goaltending Mentor Program) will join head coach Dean Blais (head coach at the University of Nebraska Omaha) behind the bench in leading Team USA at the 2012 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, which runs from Dec. 26, 2011-Jan. 5, 2012, in Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta.
Sandelin was also initially chosen as an assistant coach for the U.S.
National Junior Team staff in 2005, but wound up replacing Blais in the head coaching role after Blais took a job with National Hockey League's Columbus Bluejackets.
The U.S. went on to finish fourth that year at the IIHF World Junior Championship in Grand Forks, N.D., and Thief River Falls, Minn. From 1994-2000, Sandelin served as a assistant coach under Blais at the University of North Dakota.
A finalist for the 2010-11 Spencer Penrose Award as the Division I
national coach of the year, Sandelin put the finishing touches on his
11th season at the UMD helm on April 9 by defeating the University of
Michigan 3-2 in the NCAA Frozen Four title game in St. Paul.
His overall record now stands at 192-200-52, including a 70-40-15 (a .674 winning percentage) mark over the past three seasons.