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Guentzel Returns To Minnesota Men’s Hockey Staff

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The University of Minnesota has hired Mike Guentzel as associate head coach of men’s hockey.

Guentzel returns to the Golden Gophers after one year as an assistant at Nebraska-Omaha. He was an assistant at Minnesota from 1994-2008 and played defense for the Gophers from 1981-85.

After leaving the Gophers’ staff Guentzel was an assistant coach at Colorado College from 2008-09 and was head coach and general manager of the USHL’s Des Moines Buccaneers from 2009-10.

Minnesota coach Don Lucia says he wanted to hire a Minnesota alum who could work with defenseman and was familiar with the WCHA.

During his previous time on the Minnesota staff Guentzel helped lead the Gophers to back-to-back national championships, to five NCAA Frozen Fours and to 11 NCAA tournament appearances.

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