John Gasparini

John "Gino" Gasparini is a former head coach of the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux hockey men's team and also former president of the United States Hockey League.[1] Gasparini held a position with St. Cloud State University in 2011-2012 as advisor to the President and is currently an independent sports consultant.

John Gasparini
Biographical details
BornFort Frances, Ontario, Canada
Alma materUniversity of North Dakota
Playing career
1965–1968North Dakota
1968–1969Toledo Blades
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1969–1978North Dakota (assistant)
1978–1994North Dakota
Head coaching record
Overall392–248–25 (.608)
Tournaments15–4 (.789)
Accomplishments and honors
1979 WCHA Champion
1979 WCHA Tournament Champion
1980 WCHA Champion
1980 WCHA Tournament Champion
1980 NCAA National Champion
1982 WCHA Champion
1982 NCAA National Champion
1987 WCHA Champion
1987 WCHA Tournament Champion
1987 NCAA National Champion
1979 WCHA Coach of the Year
1982 WCHA Coach of the Year
1987 WCHA Coach of the Year
1987 Spencer Penrose Award
1987 UND Athletic Hall of Fame
2004 UND Athletic Hall of Fame (team)
2005 UND Athletic Hall of Fame (team)
2006 UND Athletic Hall of Fame (team)
2014 Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame
2004 Inductees


He played for the Fighting Sioux from 1964-1967. Gino then played one year in the IHL in Toledo. He then returned to UND as a graduate assistant while working on his master's degree. He transitioned into an assistant coaching position followed by the head coaching job. Gasparini also acted as athletic director at UND from 1985-1990.

In 2014, Gasparini was inducted into the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame in the builders category.[2]


  • 1978-1994 University of North Dakota - Head Coach
  • 1994-2003 USHL - commissioner
  • 2003-2009 USHL - president

Head coaching record

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
North Dakota Fighting Sioux (WCHA) (1978–1994)
1978–79 North Dakota 30–11–122–10–01stNCAA Runner-Up
1979–80 North Dakota 31–8–121–6–11stNCAA Champion
1980–81 North Dakota 21–15–214–12–2t-5thWCHA First Round
1981–82 North Dakota 35–12–019–7–01stNCAA Champion
1982–83 North Dakota 21–13–216–9–12ndWCHA Semifinals
1983–84 North Dakota 31–12–216–8–22ndNCAA Consolation Game (Win)
1984–85 North Dakota 24–16–219–14–14thWCHA Semifinals
1985–86 North Dakota 24–16–119–14–16thWCHA First Round
1986–87 North Dakota 40–8–029–6–01stNCAA Champion
1987–88 North Dakota 21–20–116–18–15thWCHA Third Place Game (Win)
1988–89 North Dakota 22–18–119–15–1t-3rdWCHA First Round
1989–90 North Dakota 28–13–415–10–33rdNCAA First Round
1990–91 North Dakota 24–17–218–12–24thWCHA Third Place Game (Win)
1991–92 North Dakota 17–21–112–19–1t-7thWCHA First Round
1992–93 North Dakota 12–25–111–20–18thWCHA First Round
1993–94 North Dakota 11–23–411–17–48thWCHA First Round
North Dakota: 392–248–25277–197–21

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

See also


  1. "USHL history". United States Hockey League. Archived from the original on 2008-09-13. Retrieved 2010-05-03.
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Marshall Johnston
John Giordano
Ralph Backstrom
WCHA Coach of the Year
Succeeded by
Brad Buetow
Mike Sertich
Herb Boxer
Preceded by
Ralph Backstrom
Spencer Penrose Award
Succeeded by
Frank Anzalone
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