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UMD hockey player Junior Lessard, coach Scott Sandelin, and Governor Tim Pawlenty.

Gov. Tim Pawlenty honored UMD's Hobey Baker Award winner Junior Lessard, left, and Coach of the Year Scott Sandelin, center, May 6 at the State Capitol.

Bulldog player, coach recognized by Governor Pawlenty

Governor Tim Pawlenty presented commendations on Thursday, May 6, honoring Junior Lessard and Scott Sandelin of the University of Minnesota, Duluth's men's hockey team, which advanced this year to the Frozen Four.

Lessard, a right wing for the Bulldogs, was honored this season with the Hobey Baker Award for the most outstanding college hockey player in the country. He led the nation in goals, and helped steer UMD to its first Frozen Four berth since 1985. Lessard was also WCHA Player of the Year and a first-team All-American. He is the fourth UMD Bulldog to win the Hobey Baker Award.

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