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Brendan Cook, left, and Jesse Nemgar, right, shoot pucks on the synthetic hockey rink in Cook's backyard in Bemidji. Pioneer Photo Eric Stromgren

Cook's outdoor summer hockey rink in Bemidji a training asset

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Brendan Cook was skating in his backyard hockey rink at his Bemidji home Thursday afternoon as sunlight shined through a canopy of trees, a summer breeze fluttered the leaves and a few stray mosquitoes buzzed about.

"This is something I've wanted to do for awhile," said Cook, a former Bemidji State hockey player and six-year professional. "It's not big enough to get out of first gear, but it's great to have my skates on and feel like I'm on the rink in the summer."

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