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Bemidji State goalie Dan Bakala, who speaks Polish as his first language and English as his second, leads the Beavers into this weekend's series against St. Cloud State at The Sanford Center. Pioneer Photo/Eric Stromgren

Player Profile: English, goaltending come as second nature for Bemidji State goalie Dan Bakala

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Bemidji State goalie Dan Bakala is fluent in two different languages.

What makes Bakala's bilingual skill unique is his second language: English.


The Calgary, Alberta native is the son of Polish immigrants and spoke Polish at home before learning English in Canadian grade school.

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