Grant Potulny

Grant Martin Potulny (born March 4, 1980) is an American former professional ice hockey player. He is currently the head coach of the Northern Michigan Wildcats men's ice hockey team. Potulny was selected by the Ottawa Senators in the 5th round (157th overall) of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.

Grant Potulny
Born (1980-03-04) March 4, 1980 (age 40)
Grand Forks, North Dakota, U.S.
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Left
Played for Binghamton Senators
Hershey Bears
Springfield Falcons
San Antonio Rampage
Norfolk Admirals
Füchse Duisburg
NHL Draft 157th overall, 2000
Ottawa Senators
Playing career 2004–2009
Current position
TeamNorthern Michigan
Biographical details
Alma materMinnesota
Playing career
1998–2000Lincoln Stars
2004–2007Binghamton Senators
2007–2008Hershey Bears
2007–2008Springfield Falcons
2008–2009San Antonio Rampage
2008–2009Norfolk Admirals
2008–2009Füchse Duisburg
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
2009–2017Minnesota (Assistant)
2013USA U20 (Assistant)
2017USA U20 (Assistant)
2017–presentNorthern Michigan
2018USA U20 (Assistant)
Head coaching record
Overall64–47–9 (.571)
Tournaments0–0 (–)

Playing careerEdit

Potulny played two seasons in the United States Hockey League with the Lincoln Stars, leading his team to win the 1999–2000 Anderson Cup as the team's Most Valuable Player.[1] Potulny then attended the University of Minnesota where he was a three-year captain with the Minnesota Golden Gophers during his college career.

Immediately following his graduation, Potulny turned professional with the Binghamton Senators playing in their final few regular season games and playoff of the 2003–04 AHL season. He also played in the AHL for the Hershey Bears, Springfield Falcons, San Antonio Rampage and Norfolk Admirals. He also played in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga in Germany for Füchse Duisburg. He retired from professional hockey following the 2008–09 AHL season.

Coaching careerEdit

In July 2009, Potulny was promoted to full-time assistant coach of the Minnesota Golden Gophers Men's ice hockey team prior to the 2009–10 season.[2]

Prior to the 2013 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships Potulny was named an assistant head coach for Team USA, working alongside Mark Osiecki and Phil Housley.[3] He was again named an assistant coach for Team USA for the 2018 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.[4]

On April 18, 2017, it was announced that Potulny was selected to be the new head coach at Northern Michigan University.[5] In his first year as head coach, Potulny was named the WCHA Coach of the Year. He had led the Michigan Wildcats to a 19-7-2-2 record. ranking second place in the conference.[6] On March 29, 2018, Potulny signed an eight-year employment agreement with Northern Michigan.[7]

Personal lifeEdit

He is the older brother of Ryan Potulny, who played in the NHL for the Philadelphia Flyers, Edmonton Oilers, Chicago Blackhawks and Ottawa Senators. He is also a first-cousin to Paul Gaustad.

Head coaching recordEdit

Statistics overview
Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Northern Michigan Wildcats (WCHA) (2017–present)
2017–18 Northern Michigan 25–15–3 19–7–2 2nd WCHA Runner-up
2018–19 Northern Michigan 21–16–2 18–8–2 2nd WCHA Semifinals
2019–20 Northern Michigan 18–16–4 16–11–1–1 3rd WCHA Quarterfinals
Northern Michigan: 64–47–9 53–26–5
Total: 64–47–9

Awards and honorsEdit

Award Year
All-WCHA Rookie Team 2000–01
All-NCAA All-Tournament Team 2002 [8]
WCHA All-Tournament Team 2003 [9]


  1. ^ Player Bio: Grant Potulny – GOPHERSPORTS.COM – The Official Athletic Site of the Minnesota Gophers
  2. ^ "Potulny and Johnson Added to Hockey Coaching Staff". July 19, 2009. Retrieved February 12, 2019.
  3. ^ "Housley to coach USA U20s". June 18, 2012. Retrieved February 12, 2019.
  4. ^ "Northern Michigan's Potulny Named to U.S. National Junior Team Staff for 2018 World Junior Championship". April 21, 2017. Retrieved February 12, 2019.
  5. ^ Cove, Drew (April 18, 2017). "Gophers' Potulny to be head coach at Northern Michigan". Minnesota Daily. Retrieved February 11, 2019.
  6. ^ "Potulny Named Coach of the Year as WCHA Hands Out Awards". March 12, 2018. Retrieved February 12, 2019.
  7. ^ "Potulny Agrees to Long-Term Contract Extension". March 29, 2018. Retrieved February 11, 2019.
  8. ^ "NCAA Frozen Four Records" (PDF). Retrieved June 19, 2013.
  9. ^ "WCHA Tourney History". WCHA. Archived from the original on August 22, 2018. Retrieved June 26, 2014.

External linksEdit

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Chuck Kobasew
NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player
Succeeded by
Thomas Vanek
Preceded by
Wade Dubielewicz
WCHA Most Valuable Player in Tournament
Succeeded by
Kellen Briggs
Preceded by
Tom Serratore
WCHA Coach of the Year
Succeeded by
Mike Hastings