American-born defenseman Scott Sandelin was born Aug. 8, 1964 in Hibbing, Minnesota. He was originally drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the second round (40th overall) fo the 1982 NHL Draft and made his NHL debut for the Habs during the 1986-87 season. Primarily, he played at the American Hockey League with the Sherbrooke Canadiens.
The Flyers acquired the former Hobey Baker Award finalist, a University of North Dakota graduate, from Montreal in the November 7, 1988 deal that sent J.J. Daigneault to the Habs.
The six-foot, 200-pound Sandelin spent the majority of three seasons (1988-89 to 1990-91) in the AHL with Hershey. In 1990-91, he acquitted himself adequately during a nine-game NHL recall to the Flyers. With the exception of being minus-three in a 7-0 Flyers loss in Minnesota, Sandelin held his own until he broke a bone in his right forearm in a game against Washington. He missed the next six weeks. Upon his return, he was sent back to Hershey.
Sandelin earned two additional call-ups to the Flyers that season. Overall, he dressed in 15 games for the Flyers in 1990-91, posting three assists and a minus-15 rating. He moved on over the summer, signing with Clarke's Minnesota North Stars. He primarily played in the minors but did dress in one game for Minnesota in 1991-92.
At the American Hockey League and International Hockey League levels, Sandelin was a fine puck-moving defenseman. After his retirement, he began a successful coaching career. He preceded future Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol as an assistant coach at UND before taking the head coaching job at the University of Minnesota-Duluth in 2000-01.
Entering the 2016-17 collegiate season, Sandelin was set to begin his 17th season as the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs' head coach. In 2011, he guided the team to the NCAA Frozen Four championship, defeating the University of Michigan in a 3-2 overtime finale at the XCel Energy Center in St. Paul.