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Penn State Hockey: Gadowsky To Be Inducted Into The University Of Alaska Nanook Hall Of Fame

by on July 25, 2014 12:30 PM

Penn State head men’s hockey coach Guy Gadowsky will be inducted into the University of Alaska Nanook Hall of Fame as part of its four-member Class of 2014.

Gadowsky started his coaching career at Fairbanks, and his fellow honorees will formally join the athletic department’s Hall of Fame during an induction ceremony at the Wedgewood Resort in Fairbanks, Alaska, Saturday, Sept. 27.

“The University of Alaska provided an extremely special time in my family’s life. The great people of Fairbanks have an incredible love for Nanook Hockey and have always shown unwavering support for the program and of my family,” said Gadowsky. “The memories and lessons from Fairbanks will always be a huge part of my family and coaching philosophy. I am incredibly grateful to receive this prestigious honor.”

During his five-year tenure (1999-2004) as Alaska’s head coach, Gadowsky led the Nanooks to 22 victories in his third season at the helm after inheriting a program that had not broken the 14-win mark in any of the previous five seasons. In fact, the 22 victories were the most for an Alaska team in the past 20 seasons.

Under his leadership, Alaska twice hosted the first round of the CCHA playoffs in a three-year span, a feat never accomplished prior to Gadowsky's arrival. His teams also set school records for team grade-point average, wins and game attendance.

Penn State and Gadowsky will then return to Fairbanks Oct. 17-18 when the Nittany Lions compete in the Brice Alaska Goal Rush.

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Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for StateCollege.com. He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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