Augustana Vikings bid farewell to hockey coach Blaine Gusdal

Augustana Vikings bid farewell to hockey coach Blaine Gusdal

After 13 years and countless wins—both on and off the ice—the Augustana Vikings say goodbye to Head Coach Blaine Gusdal. 

After 13 years at the helm (including this 2020-2021 hockey season lost due to COVID), Coach Blaine Gusdal will not be returning as the Head Coach of the Augustana Vikings Men's Hockey Team effective March 31, 2021.

The Vikings Men's Hockey Team has been under the strong leadership of Coach Blaine Gusdal for the previous twelve seasons where he coached in 403 ACAC games (seventh most all time). During that time, Coach Gusdal has an exceptional record in the 3Cs: Competition, Classroom and Community.

Coach Gusdal's record on the ice is stellar, including 197 wins in 348 ACAC regular season games (fifth most all time) and an additional 27 wins in 55 playoff games including an ACAC Championship in the 2011-2012 season. Coach Gusdal has led the Vikings to the ACAC playoffs for the past 11 seasons. His teams have earned ACAC medals six times; Gold (‘11-‘12), Silver (‘15-‘16), Bronze (‘10-‘11, ‘12-‘13, ’13-’14, ’14-’15). He has been named ACAC Men’s Hockey Coach of the Year (2010-11) and Augustana Athletics Coach of the Year (2009-10, 2011-12) during his 12 seasons behind the Vikings bench. In addition, Coach Gusdal was instrumental in planning and hosting the first ever outdoor men's ACAC hockey game held in Falun, AB in February 2020 as well as many other activities that supported hockey specifically, and the Vikings Athletics department generally.

Coach Gusdal's record off the ice is also stellar. The men's hockey team has been a high achiever in the Team GPA awards (including 10 straight years with at least a 3.0 team average GPA) and have supported many community-based initiatives on and off campus. Coach Gusdal has supported many hockey players to complete their degrees at the University of Alberta.

On behalf of the University of Alberta Augustana Campus, we wish Coach Gusdal all the best in his future endeavors.

Vikings Athletics is working closely with the Vikings Men's Hockey Alumni Association to create a long term and sustainable future for the Vikings. We are excited about the 2021-22 season and will announce our plans for a coach search and other operations shortly.