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January 27, 2004
Don Brose, Bruce McLeod and George Crowe Headline List of AHCA Major Award Winners for 2004

The major AHCA Award winners for 2004 have been announced. All of the following awards will be presented in Naples, FL, on Saturday, April 24, 2004:

JOHN MAC INNES AWARD: Established by AHCA in 1982 to honor former MTU coach, John MacInnes. This award recognizes those people who have shown a great concern for amateur hockey and youth programs. The recipients have had high winning percentages, as well as outstanding graduating percentages among their former players. The winners of this award have helped young men grow not only as hockey players, but more importantly, as men.

2004 Winner: Don Brose, Minnesota State Mankato

After spending more than 30 years at the helm of the Minnesota State University, Mankato men’s hockey program, head coach Don Brose retired at the conclusion of the 1999-00 season. Under the direction of Brose, the Mavericks went from a fledgling club program in the late 1960s to one of the nation’s top small-college programs, to membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association and NCAA Division I. Brose’s teams accumulated a 536-335-79 won-loss mark for a .606 winning percentage over 30 seasons.

During Brose’s tenure the Mavericks received invitations to the NCAA national tourney 11 times and in 1979-80 MSU reached the pinnacle of success when they captured the NCAA Division II national title. That team also set a school standard for most wins in a season with a 30-9-1 slate. In 1979 and 1991 MSU finished as the national runner-up; the 1978 and 1981 Mavericks took third, while the 1986 team placed fourth.

MSU players have earned All-American honors 31 times under the St. Louis Park, MN, native, and he himself was named the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) “Coach of the Year” in 1979-80 and the NCHA “Coach of the Year” for the 1986-87 season. In 1997-98 Brose was named as one of ten finalists for the Spencer Penrose Award as the NCAA Division I Coach of the Year.

Brose was selected to a four-year term on the Board of Governors of the AHCA and was the AHCA President from 1992-94. A noted clinician, Brose spent the 1983-84 season studying and learning European hockey techniques in Sweden. He also studied hockey in Russia for three weeks in 1976.

In 1962, Brose received his bachelor’s degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, where he was a three-sport athlete, earning 12 varsity letters in hockey, baseball and football. He earned his master’s degree in physical education from the University of Maryland in 1964 while coaching freshman baseball.

Brose returned to Minnesota and assumed the football and baseball coaching duties at Heron Lake (MN) High School before joining the Minnesota State coaching staff in 1965. Brose was a baseball assistant to Jean McCarthy until 1974, but got his (and MSU’s) feet wet with the beginning of the hockey program in 1969.

Brose became just the 13th coach in NCAA men’s hockey history to record 500 or more wins on October 23, 1999 when the Mavericks downed Canisius, 11-3, in a home game played at the Midwest Wireless Civic Center. Brose’s family includes his wife, Mary, two daughters, Jennifer and Heidi, and two sons, Tim and Jeff.

JOHN MARIUCCI AWARD: John Mariucci, the former coach of the University of Minnesota, was not only an outstanding college coach, but also a driving force behind the growth of hockey in the United States. In 1987, the AHCA created this award to honor a secondary school coach who best exemplifies the spirit, dedication and enthusiasm of the “GODFATHER OF U.S. HOCKEY,” John Mariucci.

2004 Winner: Jeff Kosak, The Hotchkiss School

Jeff Kosak was a longtime coach at Hotchkiss, where he produced great teams and outstanding young men. He coached the varsity from 1984-1999 with a record of 235-98-7. Among his titles won are five Housatonic League Championships, two Founders’ League Championships and two New England Championships. He presently coaches the golf team and hockey junior varsity.

From nominator Jamie Rice of Northeastern: “Jeff is a very deserving candidate, having spent the last 24 years involved with secondary school hockey at The Hotchkiss School and the Cardigan Mountain School. Jeff Kosak played his high school in Greenway, MN, and in college at Dartmouth College. His background in these two areas help define the man who is both worldly and small-town at the same time.

“ Jeff is a teacher/coach who is a true Renaissance man having taught French, run dormitories and coached hockey at Hotchkiss since 1984. He is energetic, passionate and enthusiastic not only about kids and hockey, but about life. His teams are characterized by being disciplined, tenacious, not self-defeating and fundamentally sound. Jeff instilled the same qualities in his players off the ice as well, encouraging growth as students and as young men. He has developed student-athletes that have gone on to play at some of the most prestigious colleges and universities in the AHCA, including but not limited to Boston College, Bowdoin, Dartmouth, Harvard, Michigan, Williams.

“ One of Jeff’s greatest impacts has been the number of his former players who have gone on to be involved in hockey. Because of the experience players have had playing for Jeff, many of them feel compelled to give back to hockey and the young players who love the game most. “

JIM FULLERTON AWARD: Named in honor of the former Brown University hockey coach and AHCA spiritual leader, this award recognizes an individual who loves the purity of our sport. Whether a coach, administrator, trainer, official, journalist or simply a fan, the recipient exemplifies Jim Fullerton, who gave as much as he received and never stopped caring about the direction in which our game was heading.

2004 Winner: Bruce McLeod, WCHA Commissioner

Bruce has been involved with College Hockey for nearly 40 years as a player, athletic director, and commissioner, and has always put the good of the game ahead of personal and even his own league’s agenda.

His contributions to the game at large precede his current position as WCHA Commissioner. While Athletic Director at Minnesota-Duluth, he served on the then joint NCAA Championship/Rules Committee, chairing it for three years. While on the committee, he helped move the NCAA Championship to NHL-type/capacity buildings and negotiated the first $1,000,000 NCAA Hockey Championship contract.

In his ten years as WCHA Commissioner, league attendance has reached 1,000,000 total for a record ten straight seasons and topped 1,500,000 in 2002-03.

The WCHA Final Five playoff championship has reached new attendance heights, topping the 75,000 mark. In addition, league distributions have reached $1,000,000.

Bruce has continued the league tradition of European teams touring WCHA each year and initiated WCHA All-Star Team tours to Europe. He founded, along with former WCHA Commissioner Otto Breitenbach, an NCAA hockey showcase tournament, “The Ice Breaker Invitational,” and continues to serve as the primary administrator for the event.

McLeod also helped establish a WCHA Women’s Division in 1998. The league has since won four consecutive national championships and leads the country in attendance. He also a played key role in the formation of College Hockey America, serving as CHA Commissioner for two years. The CHA has named its championship trophy in his honor. Bruce has also been a leader in the formation and operation of the Hockey Commissioners’ Association.

Bruce was honored by U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 2003 with the first President’s Award, in recognition of his 28 years of volunteer service with its annual collegiate Hall of Fame game

From 1983-96, McLeod was Director of Athletics at the University of Minnesota-Duluth and over his 25 years with UM-D, he also held titles of assistant athletic director, business manager, and sports information director.

A 1969 graduate of Minnesota-Duluth, McLeod was a four-year player on the Bulldogs’ hockey team, producing 81 points in 77 games as a winger between 1966-69. As a sophomore, he ranked second in scoring in the WCHA and he was team captain in 1968-69. A native of Fort Frances, ON, Bruce and his wife, Sande, reside in Denver, CO.

JOHN “SNOOKS” KELLEY FOUNDERS AWARD: Named after the famed Boston College coach, this award honors those people in the coaching profession who have contributed to the overall growth and development of the sport of ice hockey in the United States.

2004 Winner: Dick Johnson, Roseau, Minnesota

From nominator Dean Blais of North Dakota: “A youth coach for 40 years, Dick Johnson must be the winningest PeeWee Coach ever! He has been the volunteer PeeWee A coach in Roseau, Minnesota, for over 40 years. During this time period, he has coached and developed players that have gone on to star in college and the NHL. He is referred to by many of those players as the best coach they have ever played for. He is the perfect fit for the John Snooks Kelly Award.”

TERRY FLANAGAN AWARD: Named in honor of the former UNH player and Bowling Green Assistant, this award honors an assistant coach’s career body of work.

2004 Winner: Tom Newton, Western Michigan, Michigan State

Tom Newton is in his 13th season with the Michigan State hockey program and his 22nd overall in collegiate coaching. He came to Michigan State after serving as an associate head coach (1988-90) at Western Michigan. Prior to being elevated to the associate position at WMU, Newton served as an assistant for the Broncos from 1982-85.

The Uxbridge, ON, native earned his first college head coaching job at Kent State in 1981 and promptly led the Golden Flashes to a respectable 12-17-1 record as a Division I independent during the 1981-82 season. Newton was an assistant coach for Team USA in the North American College Hockey Championship in 1999. In 1995, he served as an assistant coach for Team West at the Shriners East-West College All-Star Hockey Classic in Minneapolis.

Newton holds a bachelor of science degree in physical education and health from Bowling Green University (1980) and earned his master of education degree from BSGU one year later. He served as the Falcons‚ graduate assistant coach in 1980-81 and also handled BGSU‚s club coaching duties.

A four-year letter-winner and two-year captain for the Falcons, Newton registered 140 points during his career (1975-80). Newton skated for three CCHA regular season and two playoff championship teams for then-BGSU coach Ron Mason. Newton led the Brown and Orange to the NCAA Tournament appearances in 1978 and 1979. He holds the BGSU records for scoring back-to-back goals in the shortest time span (nine seconds) as well as scoring three goals in the shortest time span (4:39).

Newton served on the Board of Governors of the American Hockey Coaches Association as college hockey’s Assistant Coaches Representative from 1998-2001. Born June 15, 1956, Newton and his wife, Eve, have two children: a son, Ted, and a daughter, Emma.

JOE BURKE AWARD: Joe Burke typifies the fan and quiet contributor to girls’ and women’s ice hockey across the country. This award, given in his name, is presented to individuals who have contributed to the girls’ and women’s game in a special way.

2004 Winner: George Crowe, Dartmouth College

George Crowe carved out a unique college coaching career over a 30-year span, winning 134 games with the Oswego and Dartmouth men (1966-1984), and another 196 games with the Dartmouth women (1986-98). He currently ranks eighth overall on the women’s win list nationally.

His impact on girls’ and women’s hockey goes beyond his Dartmouth success as he is generally credited with being one of the first people to begin an all girls hockey school, the Elite Hockey Training Center for Girls, which was founded in 1988.

Over the past 15 years, approximately 3000+ girls have gone through the camps. As founder and Executive Director, George still remains involved in the camps today. Many of these players have played on almost every Division I hockey team as well as a number that have played for the US National Teams.

He has received the prestigious Sheaffer Pen Award for lifetime contributions to New England amateur hockey (2001) and captured numerous Coach of the Year awards at virtually every stop on his coaching trail. His Dartmouth men made two Frozen Four Appearances (1979 and 1980) and his Dartmouth women won four Ivy League titles (’91, ’93, ’95, ’98.)