Forget about it, NHL. Scott Sandelin is staying where he's been since 2000 and aiming to win more national championships at the University of Minnesota-Duluth.
A week or so after reportedly interviewing for the head-coaching job with the Anaheim Ducks, UMD announced Friday that Sandelin has signed a four-year contract extension to stay on the shore of Lake Superior.
He's now under contract through the 2024-25 season.
"I am so fortunate to work with a great coaching and support staff and some tremendous student-athletes," said Sandelin in a release. "We have worked hard to build a culture of excellence both on and off the ice and I look forward to being a part of that in the years to come."
Excellence is right. The Bulldogs have won back-to-back Division I men's hockey national championships and gone to three straight title games overall. Sandelin's Bulldogs also won the national championship in 2011.
In 19 seasons at UMD, Sandelin's Bulldogs are 369-311-87. But they've been a consistent postseason threat for nearly a decade, and especially the last five years.
In 2014-15, the Bulldogs teased what was to come when they knocked the Gophers out of the regional round of the NCAA Tournament, then lost a one-goal game to Boston University, narrowly missing a trip to the Frozen Four.
They did the same thing – minus knocking out the Gophers – the next season, losing a one-goal game to Boston College in the regional championship.
They really took off in 2016-17, reaching the Frozen Four and then losing 3-2 to Denver in the national championship game. That squad finished the season 28-7-7, and it fueled back-to-back championship runs the last two seasons, where they've posted a combined record of 54-27-5.