By @MichaelCaples –
Two college hockey bench bosses residing in the state of Michigan are up for some major recognition.
The American Hockey Coaches’ Association has announced the finalists for the 2017-18 AHCA Men’s Ice Hockey Spencer Penrose Award, presented each season to the top coach in college hockey.
Two heads of Michigan-based programs are on the list, and they’re both first-year head coaches with their respective teams.
Michigan coach Mel Pearson is one finalist; Northern Michigan coach Grant Potulny is the other.