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Guentzel Returns to USHL

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DES MOINES, Iowa — Colorado College assistant coach Mike Guentzel, who was a finalist for the Nebraska-Omaha coaching position, has accepted the head coaching position with the Des Moines Buccaneers of the USHL.

The 2009-10 season will mark the second stint in the USHL for Guentzel. He began his coaching career as an assistant with the St. Paul Vulcans (now Tri-City Storm) under current Sioux Falls head coach Kevin Hartzell during the 1988-89 season. He then became head coach of the club for three seasons, leading them to the Junior “A” national title in 1991.

Guentzel was honored as USHL Coach of the Year following the 1991-92 season, sharing the honor with then Des Moines head coach Bob Ferguson. Guentzel was again named USHL Coach of the Year the following year, becoming the first USHL coach to win the award in consecutive seasons. He posted a winning record in all five seasons as a head coach in the USHL earning a combined 151-80-8 record in the League.

“I’m excited to be back in the USHL,” said Guentzel. “I had good experiences during my prior years in the league. I look forward to re-establishing the tremendous success in Des Moines that coaches like Bob Ferguson, Scott Owens, and Regg Simon have brought in the past.”

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