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Penn State Hockey: Gadowsky Focusing On Recruiting As Season Moves Along

by on November 13, 2012 5:18 PM

Any fan of Penn State athletics knows that most Nittany Lion athletes make their way to Happy Valley from the Northeast. Recruiting articles about some of the nation's top talent coming out of New Jersey, Delaware, New York and Ohio is common place.

But what about Fort Saskatchewan?

With 10 days before its next game, the Penn State men's hockey team is taking some time to recharge the batteries, and coach Guy Gadowsky is taking some time to hit the recruiting road.

"I'm leaving Thursday morning," Gadowsky said. "Headed to western Canada."

Currently, Penn State's roster spans 13 different states, from Alaska to New Jersey, and four different Canadian provinces, from British Columbia to Quebec. 

Much like Bill O'Brien and his famous "zones" of Pennsylvania, one for each assistant, Gadowsky has given his two assistant coaches, Keith Fisher and Matt Lindsay, each a half of North America to recruit.

"We have to look all over," Gadowksy said. "A decade down the road we want to be able to get the best players in this region as well as build up the youth hockey in the area. Right now though, if we're going to compete against the top programs in the nation we have to go elsewhere. We also recruit very heavily the top junior leagues in North America."

Added Gadowsky: "They each control half of North America. They work extremely hard and are on the road a lot."

Even with more than 9 million square miles of recruiting territory to cover, that isn't the end of where Gadowsky would like to see the program in the long term.

"A long term goal for us are European players too," He said. "That's something that we want to do. The hard part is eligibility issues, it is difficult to explain. It's a long process, something that we didn't do a lot of at Princeton but it's a long term goal here." 

Penn State takes on 2012 Frozen Four participant Union in Schenectady, N.Y., at 7 p.m. on Nov. 24 as part of a two-game series. The Nittany Lions are 6-3-0 on the year.

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