Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Looks like George Gwozdecky and Donovan McNabb have a lot in common when it comes to understanding the rules. DU's coach was ejected from Saturday's game and yet continued to coach via headset from the media room, claiming he didn't know the rules (he's been a coach for 23 seasons). Maybe we're taught better at the big universities, but I'm pretty sure "ejected" means you get to go home alone in shame, not coach from the comfort from the locker room couch. Sure seems like a light punishment to me, and the USCHO comments section seems to agree.

DU hockey coach suspended for a game

DENVER - The University of Denver suspended head men's hockey coach George Gwozdecky for one game for talking to DU coaches during a Saturday game after being ejected.

DU said in a statement Tuesday that Gwozdecky violated an NCAA rule that bars ejected coaches from communicating with team personnel until a game is over.

Gwozdecky was ejected during the second period of Denver's 2-2 overtime tie with the University of North Dakota. DU said Gwozdecky watched the rest of the second period on a television in the media room, but communicated via headset to coaches on the bench during the third period and overtime.

Gwozdecky was ejected after several arguments with the officials. He then walked across the ice for another chat with an official before heading back to the bench and then to the locker room.

Assistant coach Steve Miller will serve as head coach during Friday's home game against Alaska-Anchorage. Gwozdecky will return Saturday to lead the Pioneers against the Seawolves.

DU issued an earlier statement saying it didn't condone Gwozdecky's conduct.

Gwozdecky apologized for not having a thorough understanding of the rules and said he respected the university's decision.