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Cancer claims former Bemidji State women's hockey coach Bruce Olson

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BEMIDJI - Former Bemidji State University women's hockey coach Bruce Olson, 55, died Tuesday morning in Rochester where he had been receiving treatment for cancer.

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Olson took the reigns as the third head coach in BSU women's hockey history prior to the 2002-03 campaign and continued through the end of the 2005 calendar year. He led the team to the WCHA postseason in 2003 and 2005 and coached the program's first All-WCHA pick, Amber Fryklund, who ended her playing days as the lone 100-point scorer (122) in school history.

Olson returned to BSU as an assistant coach in 2010.

His teams produced three All-WCHA selections, 38 All-WCHA Academic honorees and 12 WCHA Players of the Week. In all he compiled a 27-80-13 record.

Following his time at Bemidji State, Olson moved to Warroad to serve as co-head coach and later assistant coach of the Warroad High School boy's hockey team.

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