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Denver Interviewing Coaching Candidates This Week

by Adam Wodon/Managing Editor

Denver is conducting interviews this week with the hopes of picking a new coach by next week, CHN has learned.

Denver needs to replace George Gwozdecky, its coach of 19 years, who was fired last week.

Current RPI coach Seth Appert, and Derek Lalonde, head coach of the USHL's Green Bay Gamblers, will be in Denver this week for interviews, according to sources. Both Appert and Lalonde are former Denver assistant coaches.

Also in the mix is Don Granato, but as head coach of the U.S. Under-18 team, he just left for the U-18 World Championship tournament in Sochi, Russia.

Recently, long-time NHL forward Tony Granato, told a Denver newspaper that he was not in the mix, but that his brother, Don, was interested. Tony Granato was once head coach of the NHL's Colorado Avalanche, and is now an assistant for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Don Granato is another former coach in Green Bay, before he turned to the pro ranks. He won a Kelly Cup as ECHL champions in 2000 with Peoria, then spent five years as head coach of Worcester in the AHL. In 2011-12, Granato led the U.S. Under-17 team, and then was moved up to the U-18 team this year.

Appert, a former goaltender at Ferris State, was an assistant at Denver when it won back-to-back national championships in 2004 and 2005. He left Denver after the 2005-06 season to take the head coaching job at Rensselaer, a tenure that includes an NCAA tournament berth in 2011.

Lalonde, a graduate of Cortland State, was an assistant coach at Ferris State, but then replaced Appert at Denver in 2006. After five years, he left to take the head coaching job at Green Bay, where he led the Gamblers to the USHL championship last year.

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