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Trevor Stienburg named national coach of the year

March 14, 2013

Moscow’s Trevor Stienburg, coach of the Saint Mary’s Huskies, Wednesday night was named winner of the Father George Kehoe Memorial award as Canada’s university hockey coach of the year.

Stienburg received the award at the annual all-Canadian awards presentations in Saskatoon on the eve of the CIS national championship tournament, where his team will be among those seeking the University Cup.

Stienburg, the dean of Atlantic university hockey coaches, is in his 16th year with the Huskies. This year, he guided the team to second place and a No. 4 national ranking. Saint Mary’s was beaten in the conference final by New Brunswick.

A four-time Atantic conference coach of the year, Stienburg won the Kehoe award for the third time. He is the only man named national coach of the year in back-to-back seasons, 1998-99 and 1999-2000.

The first selection in the 1983 Ontario Hockey League draft, one year later Stienburg was the first-round pick of the Quebec Nordiques in the NHL draft. He played 71 games with Quebec but he spent most of his professional career in the American Hockey League.

Saint Mary’s finished eight games below .500 in Stienburg’s first season as coach, but they have had just one sub-.500 campaign since then. The Huskies have won three conference titles and one national championship — the school’s first, in 2010 — under Stienburg, who coached the Canadian team to a gold medal at the 2007 Winter Student Games in Torino, Italy, and a silver medal at the Winter Universiade in Poland in 2001.

“Trevor brings intensity and integrity to work every day and it shows in the character of his players,” Dr. David Murphy, director of athletics at Saint Mary’s, said in a release. “He teaches discipline, respect in athletics and dedication to studies and academics. It is no wonder the Saint Mary’s hockey team has had success in both the classroom and on the ice.”

Evidence of that is the fact that Saint Mary’s players have won the Randy Gregg Award, for academic and athletic achievement and citizenship, twice in the last seven years.

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