Former Badgers leave Boston with hardware

Gwozdecky wins men's hockey national championship; Gunn named Hockey Humanitarian

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Denver won its first NCAA championship since 1969 Saturday evening in Boston, winning a thrilling 1-0 decision over Maine.


However, it was the fourth national championship since 1977 for the Pioneer coach, George Gwozdecky. Gwozdecky coached UW-River Falls to the NAIA crown in 1983 and three years later was an assistant coach for Michigan State's NCAA title.


Gwozdecky was a senior wing on Wisconsin's 1977 national championship squad, a team that also included current Badger men's head coach Mike Eaves and current Badger women's head coach Mark Johnson.


Gwozdecky tallied 21 goals and 22 assists in 96 games as a Badger. In 10 seasons at Denver, he has amassed a 223-152-31 record.


Gunn selected for Hockey Humanitarian award


Northeastern senior goaltender Chanda Gunn received the Hockey Humanitarian award Friday in Boston. The award is presented annually to college hockey's finest citizen.


Gunn, who was a finalist for the award last year, was recognized for her accomplishments of personal character and scholarship, and the giving of herself off the ice to the larger community. The other finalists included Dan Boeser, a senior at the University of Wisconsin; Patrick Foley, a senior at the University of New Hampshire; Derek Nisula, a senior at Babson College; and Mark Persick, a junior at Canisius College.


Gunn's involvement in community activities began in 1995 while still in high school in her native California. From 1995-98, she was a volunteer coach for youth teams and a volunteer at summer camps.


She also was a head coach for the U12 Cal selects in 1999-00. When she arrived in Boston, she started coaching the U12 South Shore Kings. In 2001-02, she organized the Kings to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, for which she has helped raise more than $3,000. In addition, she trained with a Hospice program to become a volunteer to aid those suffering from terminal illnesses.


In Boston, she has been involved in a countless number of programs to help better the community both at school and in the city. She is president of the Northeastern Student Athlete Advisory Board, founded the Inner City Youth Hockey Program, works with SCOR Boston to provide underprivileged kids with hockey instruction, coaches 10 and 12 Massachusetts Spitfires girls teams, raised $1,000 for Jennifer Goulet, a Niagara hockey player who was diagnosed with throat cancer, works with Heroes Among Us (Epilepsy Foundation), and is a student mentor in the NU athletic training program.


On the ice, Gunn has been nothing short of stellar. She leaves Northeastern with two career school records: most saves (2,447) and best save percentage (.938). Her 1.92 career goals against average and 11 shutouts both rank fourth in NU history.


Gunn spent one season at Wisconsin, compiling a 3-3-1 record and 1.93 GAA in seven games during the 1999-2000 campaign before taking a medical redshirt. She transferred to Northeastern the following year.

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