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O’Handley sets USHL record for wins

Superior Telegram

Waterloo Black Hawks head coach P.K. O’Handley is now No. 1 on the Unite State Hockey League all-time coaching wins list with 530 wins.

The former Superior Spartan goaltender tied the record with Friday’s 4-1 victory against the Youngstown Phantoms. He then passed Mike Hastings’ record with a 2-1 victory over Team USA Saturday in Ann Arbor, Mich. Hastings coached the Omaha Lancers from 1994-2008.

This season, O’Handley has led the Black Hawks to a 27-5-1 record. The current campaign is his 12th in Waterloo and 19th overall in the league. Saturday’s decision was the 11th consecutive victory for the Black Hawks, the longest win streak in the USHL this season.

During his USHL career, O’Handley has accumulated a 530-441-9-65 record. 

O’Handley first stepped behind the bench on the circuit for the North Iowa Huskies during the 1991-92 season and guided them to 140 victories over seven seasons, including a team record 36 wins during the 1997-98 campaign.

Since arriving in Waterloo during 2002, O’Handley’s teams have won 389 games. He is three victories shy of having his ninth season of at least 30 wins with the Black Hawks. He has led the organization to a pair of championships, winning the Clark Cup in 2004 and the Anderson Cup title during the 2006-07 season, the only championships during Waterloo’s junior era.

The Black Hawks equaled a franchise record with 39 wins last season after first climbing to that total in 2006-07. O’Handley has been named USHL Coach of the Year on two occasions (2006-07, 2002-03) and twice earned USHL General Manager of the Year honors (2011-12, 2002-03).

In addition to piling up victories, O’Handley has developed hundreds of players that have gone on to NCAA Division I hockey. He has coached two of the last three MVP’s of the NCAA Frozen Four — Parker Milner (Boston College, 2012) and JT Brown (Minnesota Duluth, 2011) — and the National Champion in each of the last four years has included at least one of his former players.

This season six of his former players have suited up in the NHL — Joe Pavelski (San Jose Sharks), Craig Smith (Nashville Predators), Brown (Tampa Bay Lightning), Eriah Hayes (San Jose Sharks), Chad Billins (Calgary Flames) and Patrick Wey (Washington Capitals).

O’Handley has also guided several players that have gone on to coaching careers. His current staff includes two former pupils — associate head coach Shane Fukushima (North Iowa Huskies, 1995-98) and assistant coach Scott Pavelski (Waterloo Black Hawks, 2007-09).

O’Handley is the only coach in USHL history to coach 1,000 games, reaching that milestone on March 9, 2013. He earned his 500th win in the League on April 6, 2013, becoming just one of four coaches to reach that plateau — Hastings (529), Dave Siciliano (522) and Bob Ferguson (517) are the others.