March 23, 2010 PRINT Bookmark and Share

Blasi Named CHN Coach of the Year

CHN Staff Report

PRINCETON, N.J. — Miami's Enrico Blasi, who led the RedHawks to a 27-7-7 record this season, has been named College Hockey News Coach of the Year for 2010.

The RedHawks were No. 1 for most this season, and finished tops in the Pairwise, receiving the No. 1 overall seed for the NCAA Tournament, which starts this weekend. Miami is playing Alabama-Huntsville in the First Round starting Saturday.

Blasi helped guide a Miami team that many thought would tail off after last season's NCAA championship game run. In that game, the RedHawks led 3-1 with a minute to play, only to see Boston University rally and eventually win in overtime.

Despite that crushing defeat, Miami stormed out of the gate this season and ran away with the CCHA regular-season race. In the middle of the season, Miami dealt with the tragic death of its team manager, Brendan Burke.

Miami does it with a well-balanced attack, including five players in double-digit goals, though none with more than 18. The defense and goaltending is incredibly stingy, combining to allow less than two goals per game.

Miami has made the NCAAs the last five years running, and six of the last seven. In Blasi's 11 years as coach of the RedHawks, the 1994 Miami alum has a record of 237-158-49.

Other coaches under consideration were Dave Hakstol (North Dakota), Dallas Ferguson (Alaska) and Nate Leaman (Union).

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