Take a look back at the Gopher women's hockey team's 2016-17 campaign
Watch Minnesota's press conference prior to Thursday's practice at the NCAA Women's Frozen Four
Head coach Brad Frost and the Gophers met with the media as the team prepares to depart for the Frozen Four this week
Patti Marshall scored the lone goal and Sidney Peters earned a 25-save shutout to lead the Gophers past the Bulldogs
Minnesota and Minnesota Duluth played the longest WCHA postseason game in league history in Saturday's semifinal round
Relive the the Hockey City Classic with the Gopher women's hockey team.
The 2016-17 season marked head coach Brad Frost's 10th season at the helm of Gopher women's hockey. In 10 seasons as head coach, Frost has brought the program to the pinnacle of the collegiate hockey world by advancing to six-straight NCAA Women's Frozen Fours and winning four of the last six national crowns, including back-to-back titles in 2012 and 2013 and again in 2015 and 2016. After joining the program in 2001 as an assistant coach and later holding the interim head coach title during the 2007-08 season, Frost was named the program's second head coach on April 16, 2008.
With 10 years of experience under his belt, the Bethel University graduate has guided the Gophers to four NCAA national championships, eight NCAA Frozen Four appearances, five WCHA regular season titles and three WCHA Final Face-Off championships. Frost concluded the 2016-17 season with a career record of 319-53-27 (.833) and has not had a team finish lower than second in the WCHA.
Frost, who has won four national titles, is considered one of the best and most respected coaches in collegiate hockey. In his 10 seasons, he has been named an AHCA Coach of the Year Finalist seven times and has won the national honor twice (2013 and 2014). Frost has also been named WCHA Coach of the Year four times (2008, 2009, 2013 and 2014). Under his tutelage, the Gophers have accumulated six seasons with 30 or more wins. In 2013, Frost led the Gophers to the NCAA's first-ever perfect season (41-0-0), and he became the winningest head coach in Gopher women's hockey history with his 279th career win on Jan. 22, 2016.
Over the last 10 years, Frost has coached some of the top talent not only in the nation but also in the world. He has seen seven players (Megan Bozek, Mira Jalosuo, Amanda Kessel, Gigi Marvin, Noora Räty, Anne Schleper and Lee Stecklein) represent their respective countries in the Olympics. He also aided the development of former Gophers and Olympians Natalie Darwitz, Kelly Stephens, Lyndsay Wall and Krissy Wendell while a Minnesota assistant coach. Frost has coached a total of 13 players to a combined 23 All-American honors. Among those All-Americans is 2013 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award winner Amanda Kessel. A total of 11 Minnesota student-athletes have been named Top-10 Patty Kaz finalists 19 times under Frost's tutelage, including Kelly Pannek and Sarah Potomak in 2016-17.
Under Frost's guidance, the Gophers have recorded a 3.0 or higher grade point average and increased the team's Academic Progress Rating (APR). Minnesota has accumulated 117 WCHA All-Academic Team awards (17 in 2016-17), 41 WCHA Scholar Athlete honorees (nine in 2015-16) and two WCHA Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year award recipients (Gigi Marvin, 2009 and Kelly Terry, 2014) since Frost took reign.
INTERNATIONAL COACHING EXPERIENCE
Frost has served USA Hockey by working development camps and serving as a coach for various U.S. teams. In 2006, he was an assistant coach of the U.S. Under-22 Team, and from 2008-09, he was an assistant coach for the U.S. National Team.
Frost grew up in Burlington, Ontario, and attended Aldershot High School. After graduating from Aldershot, he decided to attend college at Bethel University, which is where his parents originally met. While at Bethel, he studied Physical & Health Education and was a two-sport athlete, competing in hockey and golf. Frost was a four-year letterwinner in hockey and completed his career ranked eighth on Bethel's career scoring list. In 1994 and 1995, he was voted the team's Most Valuable Player and Most Inspirational. He also captained the Royals his junior and senior seasons. At Bethel, Frost met his wife Dayna. They now reside in Cottage Grove, Minn., and have three sons: Micah, Jonah and Josiah.
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING ABOUT COACH FROST
"Coach Frost's knowledge of the game and the way he implements and relays this knowledge to his players is what sets him apart from other coaches I have had throughout my career. I have had many high level coaches throughout my career in hockey, and Brad Frost is by far one of the best! His practices were always well-planned, and he conducted himself professionally on and off the ice. I believe that he had a lot to do with making me the hockey player and person that I am today."
--Natalie Darwitz, former Gopher All-American and three-time U.S. Olympian
"Brad Frost was a great coach because he took the time to work with me on my individual game and was able to effectively convey systems and game plans to us as players. Brad was always supportive and a great leader for the team."
-- Kelly Stephens, former Minnesota team captain and two-time U.S. Olympian
"Brad Frost has been a part of this program for many years, and I believe he will continue the strong tradition that has been built at Minnesota. His experience, knowledge, and positive personality give him the tools to be successful, and I wish him all the best."
-- Former Minnesota women's hockey coach Laura Halldorson
|Brad Frost's Coaching Record at Minnesota|
|Year||Record||WCHA Record||WCHA Regular Season||WCHA Postseason||NCAA Postseason|
|2007-08||27-7-4||21-5-2||2nd Place||3rd Place||NCAA Regionals|
|2008-09||32-5-3||23-2-3-2||WCHA Champions||2nd Place||T-3rd Place|
|2009-10||26-9-5||18-6-4-3||WCHA Co-Champions||2nd Place||NCAA Regionals|
|2010-11||26-10-2||18-8-2-1||T-2nd Place||2nd Place||NCAA Regioinals|
|2011-12||34-5-2||21-5-2-1||2nd Place||WCHA Champions||NCAA Champions|
|2012-13||41-0-0||28-0-0-0||WCHA Champions||WCHA Champions||NCAA Champions|
|2013-14||38-2-1||26-1-1-0||WCHA Champions||WCHA Champions||NCAA Runners-Up|
|2014-15||34-3-4||22-2-4-2||WCHA Champions||T-3rd Place||NCAA Champions|
|2015-16||35-4-1||24-3-1-0||2nd Place||2nd Place||NCAA Champions|
|2016-17||26-8-5||19-4-5-3||2nd Place||T-3rd Place||T-3rd Place|
|Total||319-53-27||220-36-24-12||5 WCHA reg. season titles||3 WCHA titles||4 NCAA titles|
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IIHF Women's Worlds Recap with Stecklein
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