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Communication Associate: Public Relations | Lori Melton | | (218) 726-8830

May 4, 2004
Contact: Susan Beasy Latto, UMD Director of Public Relations 218 726-8830

Governor Tim Pawlenty Will Present Commendations
Honoring Two UMD Greats

"Junior Lessard Day" will be Friday, May 7
"Scott Sandelin Day" will be Saturday, May 8

Junior Lessard,
Hobey Baker award winner for most outstanding college hockey player and
Scott Sandelin
NCAA Division I men's hockey Coach of the Year

Thursday, May 6, 2004
12 Noon
Governor's Reception Room
room 130, State Capitol
St Paul, Minnesota

Junior Lessard, a right wing for the UMD Bulldog men's hockey team, led the nation in goals this year, helping steer UMD to its first NCAA Frozen Four berth since 1985. He has been honored this season with the Hobey Baker Award, WCHA Player of the Year award, first-team All-WCHA pick, and as a first-team All American. Lessard is the fourth UMD Bulldog to win the Hobey Baker award.

Scott Sandelin was named NCAA Division I men's hockey Coach of the Year by the American Hockey Coaches Association. Sandelin, 39, a Hibbing native, is in his fourth year at UMD. This season he led the Bulldogs to a 28-13-4 record and to the Frozen Four in Boston, taking home the consolation trophy. UMD finished second in the WCHA.

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