(Rochester, MN) – The Rochester Mustangs of the United States Hockey League have announced the hiring of Mr. Craig Norwich as the new Head Coach and General Manager.
Norwich is a former Minnesota High School hockey star from Edina, MN, who brings with him extensive knowledge of the sport and several years of coaching experience. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin before playing professionally. His first professional game was with the Cincinnati Stingers of the World Hockey Association (WHA). From there he graduated on to the Winnipeg Jets, the St. Louis Blues, the Colorado Rockies and then the Springfield Indians (AHL). After spending five years playing pros in the United States, he went over to Europe and played eight years in the European Professional Hockey League.
Norwich was also a member of several World Ice Hockey Championship teams – 1977, 1978, 1981 and 1983. He is the recipient of several individual hockey awards: two time All-American in the WCHA, 1976-77 NCAA All-Tournament Team, 1978-79 WHA Top Scoring Defenseman and WHA All-Star, was a member of the NHL’s Top Ten in Plus/Minus in 1980 and a member of the 1983 World Ice Hockey All-World Team. He acquired his Elite Level Coaching Certification in 1998 with the Latvian Ice Hockey Federation.
From 1990 to 1996, Norwich was the Director of Hockey and Head Coach at Shattuck St. Mary’s in Faribault, MN. After leaving Shattuck, he moved to Vail, CO to become the Director of Hockey and Head Coach of the Vail AAA Hockey Program. He left that program to become the new Head Coach and General Manager for the Mustangs.
“The Mustangs feel privileged to have such an experienced and knowledgeable coach to take over the reigns of the team for the upcoming 1999-2000 season,”said Team President Dan Nasshorn.
A three year contract has been extended to Coach Norwich, one that will keep him with the team through the 2001-2002 season.