Longtime Gopher hockey coach Doug Woog dies at 75

Updated: December 14, 2019 11:20 PM

A source close to University of Minnesota athletics told KSTP Sports longtime Gophers Hockey coach Doug Woog died Saturday at age 75.

Woog had been battling Parkinson's disease since being diagnosed with the affliction in 2010.


Woog spent 14 seasons behind the Gophers' bench, leading the team to six 30-win seasons, four WCHA regular season championships, three WCHA playoff championships and six Frozen Four appearances. He led the Gophers to 12 straight NCAA tournaments, a record at the time.

He departed as the Gophers' all-time wins leader with a 388-187-40 record. That record has since been surpassed by coach Don Lucia, who left the program with 457 wins in 2018.

“Coach Woog was one of a kind,” University of Minnesota Director of Athletics Mark Coyle said. “He had a huge heart, an engaging personality and everyone he encountered loved him. From playing to coaching to commenting, his impact on hockey, the Gophers and the state of Minnesota is immeasurable. To many, he is Gopher hockey. Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones at this time.”

“Doug Woog bled Maroon & Gold as both a player and as a coach, and his legacy is one of the greatest in the history of the University of Minnesota,” Gopher Hockey head coach Bob Motzko said. “Wooger’s dedication and contributions to hockey in the state of Minnesota are immeasurable as are the number of people impacted by his lifetime of work. He will be remembered fondly by all and forgotten by none. We lost a true Minnesota treasure today.” 

Prior to coaching the Gophers, Woog coached the St. Paul Vulcans junior hockey team and his alma mater, South St. Paul High School.

As a student at South St. Paul, Woog was a three-time all-state player and skated in four state tournaments. South St. Paul retired his No. 7 jersey in 2010.

He played college hockey at Minnesota from 1964-66. He earned First Team All-America and All-WCHA honors in the 1964-65 season.

Woog is in the University of Minnesota Athletics Hall of Fame and entered the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 2002

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