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Guy Gadowsky (born August 10, 1967) is a Canadian ice hockey coach and former professional ice hockey player. Gadowsky is currently the head coach of the Penn State University men's ice hockey team.

Guy Gadowsky
Current position
TitleHead coach
TeamPenn State
ConferenceBig Ten
Record125–110–19 (.530)
Biographical details
Born (1967-08-10) August 10, 1967 (age 52)
Edmonton, Alberta, CAN
Alma materColorado College
Playing career
1984–1985Fort Saskatchewan Traders
1985–1989Colorado College
1991–1992San Diego Gulls (1990–95)
1991–1993Richmond Renegades
1992–1993St. John's Maple Leafs
1993–1994Canadian National Team
1993–1994Straubing EHC
1994–1995Prince Edward Island Senators
1995–1996Fresno Falcons
Position(s)Right Wing
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1995–1996Oklahoma Coyotes
1996–1997Fresno Falcons
1996–1997San Jose Rhinos
1997–1998Fresno Fighting Falcons
1998–1999Fresno Falcons
2011–PresentPenn State
Head coaching record
Overall363–308–56 (.538)
Tournaments1–4 (.200)
Accomplishments and honors


Gadowsky played collegiate hockey at Colorado College and played professional hockey for the San Diego Gulls, Richmond Renegades, St. John's Maple Leafs and Prince Edward Island Senators, and Fresno Falcons.[1] He also represented Canada on the 1993–94 Canada men's national ice hockey team, recording three goals and three assists in six games.[1] Gadowsky also spent one season with the San Jose Rhinos professional roller hockey team in 1994.[1]

Following his retirement as a player in 1996, Gadowsky spent three seasons as the head coach of the Fresno Falcons of the West Coast Hockey League, leading the team to three straight Taylor Cup playoff appearances. In 1999, he became the head coach of Alaska-Fairbanks and coached the team for five seasons. In 2004 Gadowsky was hired as the head coach at Princeton University.[2] During his tenure at Princeton he led the Tigers to the 2008 ECAC Hockey Championship and to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in 2008 and 2009.[3] On April 25, 2011 he became the head coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions men's ice hockey team,[4] becoming the program's first varsity head coach in the NCAA era for Penn State. Gadowsky took over the program starting in the 2011–12 season, during the team's transition from ACHA DI level to NCAA Division I.[5] The team finished the regular season with a record of 27–4 and received a bid to the 2012 ACHA DI National Tournament as the number one seed and ranked first in the ACHA.[6] The team defeated West Virginia 4–1, followed by Oklahoma 6–3 in the first rounds of the tournament before Penn State lost 3–5 to Oakland (MI) in the semifinal round.[7] In first year as head coach of Penn State, the team finished the season with an overall record of 29–5.[7]

Head coaching recordEdit

Minor LeagueEdit

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
G W L T OTL Pts Finish Result
Fresno Falcons 1996–97 64 38 20 0 6 82 3rd in WCHL Lost in 1st round
Fresno Fighting Falcons 1997–98 64 33 29 0 2 68 3rd in WCHL Southern Div. Lost in 1st round
Fresno Falcons 1998–99 70 35 31 0 4 74 2nd in WCHL Southern Div. Lost in 2nd round


Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Alaska–Fairbanks Nanooks (CCHA) (1999–2004)
1999–00 Alaska–Fairbanks 6–25–3 4–22–3 12th
2000–01 Alaska–Fairbanks 9–19–8 7–14–7 t-9th CCHA First Round
2001–02 Alaska–Fairbanks 22–12–3 15–10–3 4th CCHA Quarterfinals
2002–03 Alaska–Fairbanks 15–14–7 10–11–7 t-8th CCHA First Round
2003–04 Alaska–Fairbanks 16–19–1 14–13–1 6th CCHA First Round
Alaska–Fairbanks: 68–89–22 50–70–21
Princeton Tigers (ECAC Hockey) (2004–2011)
2004–05 Princeton 8–20–3 6–14–2 10th ECAC First Round
2005–06 Princeton 10–18–3 7–12–3 t-9th ECAC First Round
2006–07 Princeton 15–16–3 10–10–2 t-6th ECAC Quarterfinals
2007–08 Princeton 21–14–0 14–8–0 2nd NCAA Midwest Regional Semifinals
2008–09 Princeton 22–12–1 14–8–0 3rd NCAA West Regional Semifinals
2009–10 Princeton 12–16–3 8–12–2 8th ECAC First Round
2010–11 Princeton 17–13–2 11–9–2 t-4th ECAC First Round
Princeton: 105–109–15 70–73–11
Penn State Nittany Lions (ACHA) (2011–2012)
2011–12 Penn State 29–5–0 1st ACHA Semifinals
Penn State: 29–5–0
Penn State Nittany Lions (Independent) (2012–2013)
2012–13 Penn State 13–14–0
Penn State: 13–14–0
Penn State Nittany Lions (Big Ten) (2013–present)
2013–14 Penn State 8–26–2 3–16–1–0 6th Big Ten Semifinals
2014–15 Penn State 18–15–4 10–9–1 4th Big Ten Quarterfinals
2015–16 Penn State 21–13–4 10–9–1–1 3rd Big Ten Semifinals
2016–17 Penn State 25–12–2 10–9–1–0 4th NCAA Midwest Regional Finals
2017–18 Penn State 18–15–5 9–10–5–2 4th NCAA Midwest Regional Semifinals
2018–19 Penn State 22–15–2 11–12–1–1 4th Big Ten Runner-Up
Penn State: 112–96–19 53–65–10
Total: 363–308–56†

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

2011–12 record not included due to team playing under club status


  1. ^ a b c "Guy Gadowsky". Internet Hockey Database. Retrieved April 26, 2011.
  2. ^ Wodon, Adam (May 8, 2004). "The Right Guy". College Hockey News. Retrieved April 26, 2011.
  3. ^ Wodon, Adam (March 27, 2008). "Gadowsky Leads Princeton Back to NCAAs". College Hockey News. Retrieved April 26, 2011.
  4. ^ Horgan, Candace (April 25, 2011). "Gadowsky pumped for 'exciting situation' at Penn State". U.S. College Hockey Online. Retrieved April 26, 2011.
  5. ^ Staff (April 24, 2011). "Penn State names Gadowsky its first varsity men's coach". U.S. College Hockey Online. Retrieved April 25, 2011.
  6. ^ "2011–2012 ACHA Men's Division 1 Ranking #9". ACHA. February 15, 2012. Retrieved March 6, 2012.
  7. ^ a b Pickel, Greg (March 6, 2012). "Penn State Hockey: Icers Upset in ACHA Semifinals, Ending Era at Club Level". State College News. Retrieved March 6, 2012.

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