Quinnipiac men's ice hockey head coach Rand Pecknold has been announced as one of seven finalists for the prestigious Spencer Penrose Award, given to the top Division I men's ice hockey coach.
Pecknold was also a finalist for the National Coach of the Year award in 2002 when Quinnipiac reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time after winning the MAAC Hockey Championship and also in 2005 when he was named the Atlantic Hockey Coach of the Year. Earlier this year, Pecknold was named the ECAC Hockey Tim Taylor Coach of the Year and was also recently honored with the New England Hockey Writers Association Clark Hodder Coach of the Year Award.
Pecknold's honors came after guiding Quinnipiac to the 2012-13 Cleary Cup for the Regular-season Championship. Quinnipiac posted an impressive 17-2-3 record in ECAC Hockey this season as they finished 10-points ahead of Rensselaer for the regular season title. It marked the first time since ECAC Hockey adapted the current point system that a team won the regular-season championship by double digits.
In addition, Pecknold has guided Quinnipiac to a 29-7-5 record that featured a program record 21-game unbeaten streak, which was also the longest in NCAA Division I hockey this year, as well as a 14-0-0 against teams ranked in the top 20 in the national polls.
To date, the Bobcats rank first nationally in goals-against average (1.63) and penalty kill (90.6) while also posting the top winning percentage in NCAA Division I men's ice hockey (.768). This past weekend, Pecknold guided the Bobcats to the NCAA Tournament East Regional title, advancing to the upcoming NCAA Frozen Four on Apr. 11-13 in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Pecknold is currently in his 19th year as the Bobcats' head coach and carries a 366-237-66 career record, good for the ninth most wins among active NCAA Division I coaches. This season will mark the 15th year in NCAA Division I men's ice hockey for Quinnipiac, all under the leadership of Pecknold. The Bobcats have yet to post a losing season in the last 17 years. In addition, the Bobcats' 2012-13 season will mark the 12th time in Pecknold's 19-year career in which Quinnipiac has posted 20 wins, which have all come at the Division I level.
Quinnipiac will head to Pittsburgh, Pa. to compete in its first NCAA Frozen Four in program history. The top-ranked, top-seeded Bobcats will take on St. Cloud State on Thursday, Apr. 11 at 8 p.m. at the CONSOL Energy Center.