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June 25, 2011 E-MAIL PRINT Bookmark and Share

Guentzel Going Back to Minnesota to Replace Hill

CHN Staff Report

Current Nebraska-Omaha assistant coach Mike Guentzel is heading back to Minnesota, and will replace John Hill, sources tell College Hockey News.

It was a curious breakup three years ago, when Guentzel left his alma mater after 14 seasons as an assistant. Sources indicate Hill may have been the one squeezed out this time.

Hill, a graduate of Alaska-Anchorage, was an assistant for Don Lucia in his last four seasons at Colorado College (1995-99) and first two seasons at Minnesota (1999-2001). He then landed the job as head coach at his alma mater, where he remained for four seasons before returning to assist Lucia when Bob Motzko left to take St. Cloud State's head coaching position.

Guentzel is a 1987 Minnesota graduate and was an assistant for the Gophers from 1994-2008. He worked together with Hill for three years on the Gophers' staff before Guentzel left — some say, was forced out — to become an assistant coach at Colorado College. He stayed there one year before taking over as head coach of Des Moines of the USHL, then left there before last season to become an assistant at Nebraska-Omaha.

An official announcement should come Monday.

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