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The American Hockey Coaches Association
was formed in 1947 in Boston
Boston is the capital of and largest city in Massachusetts, and is one of the oldest cities in the United States. The largest city in New England, Boston is regarded as the unofficial "Capital of New England" for its economic and cultural impact on the entire New England region. The city proper had...
. The founding members coached college ice hockey but membership has grown to include coaches at every level of the sport from youth hockey to professional ice hockey
Professional ice hockey has existed since the early 1900s. From the first professional ice hockey league based out of Michigan in the United States, it quickly grew into Canada and to many other countries, as diverse as Switzerland, Ukraine, the United Kingdom or Austria.- Canada :Professional...
, although the organization maintains a focus on the collegiate game.
Aside from its collaborative and community functions, the association also names several award winners each year, most significantly the college ice hockey All-Americans in both divisions and both genders.
They also name the top coach in each of the divisions and genders:
- Spencer Penrose Award
The Spencer Penrose Award is awarded yearly to the top coach in NCAA Division I men's ice hockey by the American Hockey Coaches Association.The finalists for each year's award comprise the conference Coach of the Year winners from each Division I men's ice hockey conference, plus the coaches of the...
, Division I men
- Women's Division I Coach of the Year
- Edward Jeremiah Award, Division III men
- Women's Division III Coach of the Year
The organization also awards the Terry Flanagan Award
The Terry Flanagan Award is given each year by the American Hockey Coaches Association to an assistant hockey coach. The award is intended to recognize the coach's entire body of work, not just his performance in one season. The first recipient was Terry Flanagan, an assistant coach at Bowling...
, given to an assistant coach each year in recognition of the coach's entire career.