The Big 10 hockey awards were scheduled to be handed out back in March, but because of the COV-19 pandemic, those awards had to wait until this week.

University of Minnesota Hockey head coach Bob Motzko has been named the Big 10 Hockey Coach of the Year.

Motzko helped guide the Gophers to a 16-14-7 record during the 2019-2020 season before it was cut short due to the pandemic.

The Gophers were supposed to travel to Penn State for the Big 10 conference semi-final playoff game, however, that was canceled like the rest of their season.

Minnesota hockey had needed a new voice and new direction after failing to dominate like the past and Motzko was brought in two years ago to fill that void.

In two years at the helm, I think most would agree that he has begun the process of doing exactly that.

The success that Gophers hockey has had in the past can be recreated in that market, with those resources and the level of talent in the region.

Most supporters would say that they feel comfortable that Coach Motzko can take them to those heights again and it is nice to see him recognized for his efforts with the Big 10 Coach of the Year award.

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