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Spencer Penrose Award Finalists named

The American Hockey Coaches Association has announced the seven finalists for this year's Spencer Penrose Award given annually to the top coach in college hockey.

St. Cloud's Bob Motzko is one of seven finalists for the Spencer Penrose Award.
St. Cloud's Bob Motzko is one of seven finalists for the Spencer Penrose Award.

The American Hockey Coaches Association has announced the finalists for this year's Spencer Penrose Award given annually to the top coach in college hockey that season.

This year's finalists include two ECAC coaches, two WCHA coaches and one coach each from Hockey East, CCHA and Atlantic Hockey. The only past winner to be among the finalists this season is Miami coach Enrico Blasi who was the 2006 winner. To be selected as a finalist, a coach must either win their conference's coach of the year award or coach a team that qualified for the Frozen Four.

Finalists for the Spencer Penrose Award

Keith Allain, Yale, ECAC, NCAA Semifinalist

Norm Bazin, UMass-Lowell, Hockey East Coach of the Year, NCAA Semifinalist

Enrico Blasi, Miami, CCHA Coach of the Year

Dave Burkholder, Niagara, AHA Coach of the Year

Mike Hastings, Minnesota State, WCHA Coach of the Year

Bob Motzko, St. Cloud State, WCHA, NCAA Semifinalist

Rand Pecknold, Quinnipiac, ECAC Coach of the Year, NCAA Semifinalist

Jeff Cox covers college hockey for SBNation. Follow him on twitter @JeffCoxSBNation.