Smalley, Randolph named John Mariucci Award winners; Benson, Lundgren win Herb Brooks Award

Longtime Greyhounds boys hockey head coach Mike Randolph today was named Minnesota's Class 2A coach of the year. Howie / HowieBlog.com

Longtime Greyhounds boys hockey head coach Mike Randolph on Sunday was named Minnesota Class 2A coach of the year. Howie / HowieBlog.com

Kevin Smalley of Duluth Denfeld has been named Minnesota's Class 1A coach of the year for the second time. Howie / HowieBlog.com

Kevin Smalley of Duluth Denfeld has been named Minnesota’s Class 1A coach of the year for the second time. Howie / HowieBlog.com

Duluth Denfeld’s Kevin Smalley and Duluth East’s Mike Randolph on Sunday were named John Mariucci Award winners as state high school boys hockey coach of the year in Class A and AA, respectively, as chosen by the Minnesota Hockey Coaches Association.

Smalley, who led the Hunters to the Section 7A final in 2013, also won the award in 2010.

“It is a great honor to be selected for this award because there are so many great coaches that could receive this. It’s very humbling,” said Smalley by eMail. “It takes so many people in your organization to make this happen that I cant thank all off them. My hat goes off to my assistants and the players for making this possible, the credit goes to them. I know how hard this group of people have worked, and this wouldn’t off been possible without them. I am very proud of this group for achieiving what they did this year. They opened up the eyes of our believers, and they can be proud of how they represented the Hunters.”

Duluth Denfeld’s Bryan Lent was also named Class A assistant coach of the year.

Mike Randolph

Mike Randolph

Duluth East captured third-place at the Minnesota Class AA state tournament over the weekend.

Randolph won the award for the first time.

Duluth Marshall was named Section 7A Academic Champion with a 3.51 GPA. Brendan Flaherty is head coach of the Hilltoppers.

Meanwhile, Hermantown’s Chris Benson and Duluth East’s Ryan Lundgren won Herb Brooks Awards. Both are senior forwards.

Duluth Denfeld boys hockey coach Kevin Smalley hugs Mary Kero in a pregame ceremony honoring her son Matt, who died of a heart attack shortly after graduating in 2011. Also pictured are Matt's father, Tom, and sisters. Howie / HowieBlog.com

Duluth Denfeld boys hockey coach Kevin Smalley hugs Mary Kero in a 2011 pregame ceremony honoring her son Matt, who died of a heart attack shortly after graduating in 2011. Also pictured are Matt's father, Tom, and sisters who wore Matt’s game sweaters. Howie / HowieBlog.com

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