GLOUCESTER, Mass.  – Brian McCloskey, head coach of the second-ranked University of New Hampshire women’s ice hockey team, was one of seven coaches named a finalist for the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) Division I Women’s Ice Hockey Coach of the Year Award, the organization announced Monday. The award will be presented April 26 at the AHCA Coach of the Year Banquet.

McCloskey, a runner-up for this award in both 2003 and 2006, guided UNH to a fifth consecutive Hockey East regular-season title and a third straight league tournament title in 2008. The Wildcats are making their third consecutive appearance in the NCAA Women’s Ice Hockey Championship this season and have advanced to the Frozen Four for the second time in three years.

Under McCloskey’s supervision, UNH became the first team to complete a Hockey East regular season unbeaten at 20-0-1, and the ‘Cats broke or tied 10 league records this season.

New Hampshire enters the Frozen Four with an overall record of 33-3-1, which includes 12-2-0 against nationally-ranked teams with a 3-0-0 record against teams ranked No. 1 in the poll. The 33 wins ties the program’s benchmark for most wins in a single season that was established by the McCloskey-coached Wildcats in 2006.

Now in his sixth season as head coach at New Hampshire, McCloskey has compiled a 164-34-19 overall record with a 99-8-10 mark in Hockey East. He has been honored as Hockey East Coach of the Year three times (2003, 2005, 2006).

New Hampshire plays the University of Minnesota-Duluth in a March 20 (9 p.m. Eastern) semifinal game at UMD’s DECC. Tickets are available at the Whittemore Center box office or by calling (603) 862-4000 ext. 5 until Wednesday, March 19 at noon; after that time, tickets must be purchased through the UMD ticket office.
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