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  Joe Shawhan

Joe Shawhan

Player Profile

Hometown:
Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.

Last College:
Lake Superior State '87

Position:
Assistant Coach

Former Lake Superior State goaltender Joe Shawhan is in his third season as an assistant coach with the Laker hockey program. He rounds out a coaching staff comprised entirely of Central Collegiate Hockey Association alumni.

Shawhan totaled 1,130 saves and posted a career goals-against average of 3.83 during his collegiate career. He is tied for 10th on LSSU's career goals-against list. In 1985-86 he led the CCHA in both GAA and save percentage. From 1988 until 1995, Shawhan served a variety of roles with the Lakers, from radio analyst to volunteer coach.

Shawhan and Jim Roque were both involved with Laker hockey during its greatest decade, which included three NCAA championships.

Shawhan carried those characteristics over to the Soo Indians while serving as head coach and general manager. He became the winningest coach in the 30-year history of the North American Hockey League, amassing an overall record of 474-162-43, including two 50-win seasons, six 40-win stints and two seasons with over 30 victories.

Under Shawhan's guidance, the Indians never recorded a losing record, captured three NAHL titles and earned three tips to the USA National Tournament. They placed second in 2003 and third in 2005.

Shawhan was 6-0 in NAHL All-Star contests. He served as head coach twice and assistant coach once for the NAHL's entry in the USA Hockey Top Prospects Tournament and captured the title in all three appearances. In 2002, he served as the assistant coach for the U.S. National Junior Team entry into the Viking Cup Tournament in Camrose, Alta. In 2004 he was the U.S. head coach and led the team to a silver medal.

The Indians placed more than 100 players into college hockey programs during the past decade. The most-notable was goaltender Ryan Miller, who went on the Michigan State and won the 2001 Hobey Baker Award. Several former Soo Indians have gone on the play at LSSU, including current Lakers Justin Gutwald and Marty Gurnoe.

Shawhan and his wife, Laura (LSSU '84), have three children, Mia (17), Jordan (15), and Rachel (9).



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