DENVER - University of Denver hockey coach George Gwozdecky said he was "stunned and shocked" after learning he lost his job as University of Denver hockey coach.
Gwozdecky led the school's hockey program to two NCAA championships during his 19-year tenure.
The school made the announcement Monday and says a national search for his successor has begun.
Vice Chancellor for Athletics Peg Bradley-Doppes is thanking Gwozdecky, noting he had returned the program "to the pinnacle of the collegiate hockey world during our great run in the middle of the previous decade."
Although Gwozdecky was 443-267-64 at Denver, the Pioneers finished 20-14-5 this season, losing in the first round of the NCAA tournament for the fifth time in the last six seasons.
The Pioneers are joining the new National Collegiate Hockey Conference next season following the breakup of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.
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