Penn State hockey coach Guy Gadowsky will be inducted into the University of Alaska Nanook Hall of Fame this fall.
The school announced its Class of 2014 on Thursday, with the Nittany Lions’ leader among four headed for enshrinement. The ceremony will take place Sept. 27 at the Wedgewood Resort in Fairbanks.
Gadowsky is heading into his third season as the head of Penn State’s varsity program, with an additional year leading the club program. He coached the Nanooks from 1999-2004. Before his arrival, Alaska had not won more than 14 games in any of its previous five seasons, but by his third season there the Nanooks had 22 wins, the most in two decades, and they added 15 and 16 wins in their next two seasons.
“The University of Alaska provided an extremely special time in my family’s life. The great people of Fairbanks have an incredible love for Nanook Hockey and have always shown unwavering support for the program and of my family,” Gadowsky said. “The memories and lessons from Fairbanks will always be a huge part of my family and coaching philosophy. I am incredibly grateful to receive this prestigious honor.”
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Gadowsky and the Nittany Lions open their season Oct. 10, hosting Connecticut. They will then travel together to Fairbanks for the Brice Alaska Gold Rush to meet Alaska-Anchorage and the Nanooks on Oct. 17-18.
Joining Gadowsky in the Hall of Fame class are hockey player Dean Fedorchuk, skier Marius Korthauer and Oleg Seleznez of the rifle team.