Saturday, February 02, 2013

Coach Gwozdecky's Father Passes Away

(above) Dr. George Gwozdecky attended many University of Denver hockey games over the years to support his son

Dr. George Gwozdecky, father of University of Denver hockey coach George Gwozdecky, passed away in Thunder Bay, Ontario on Saturday, February 2nd.  Dr. Gwozdecky was a leader in the world of sports medicine and amateur sports.  He was inducted into the N.W. Ontario Sports Hall Of Fame in 1988.

Coach Gwozdecky missed this weekend's series with Minnesota-Duluth to be with his family in Canada.  According to the Denver Post, he was by his father's side when he passed away.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, February 6, 2013.

3 comments:

old pio said...

All Pioneer fans extend their deepest condolances to George and his family

Boonetown said...

I agree.

You and your family are in my prayers.

dggoddard said...

Funny story about Dr. Gwozdecky I heard second-hand up in Madsion several years ago.

As was often the case, he often came down from Canada to watch DU play road games in the upper midwest.

On a Saturday morning Coach Gwozdecky, his father and a USHL scout who used to coach with George at River Falls were having breakfast at the team hotel. DU had been really struggling on the power play. Dr. Gwozdecky started telling his son everything that was wrong with the DU power play from the night before.

Despite winning all those National Championships's, Coach of the Year honors and WCHA hardware, at the end of the day, Dad's just can't help themselves when handing out advice to their sons.

Rest In Peace Dr. Gowdecky.