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Bemidji State hockey alums look forward to hockey at BREC

Robin Anderson can remember his first impressions of the John Glas Fieldhouse.

"When we were here the weight room was in Oak Hall and we had chicken wire instead of glass around the boards," Anderson, who graduated in 1983, said. "Now the program is moving into the new building where they have suites and televisions.

"Somewhere, somehow the guys I played with went wrong. Maybe it's just that we were ahead of our time."

Anderson is among the alumni who are eager to watch the Beavers play in the new Bemidji Regional Events Center. Despite living in the Twin Cities area, Anderson has purchased season tickets and will be among the crowd when the Beavers christen the facility Oct. 15 against North Dakota.

"When you came from 'The Falls' you get used to driving," Anderson, who grew up in International Falls, added.

Robin Cook also can't wait to watch a game in the BREC.

"The new facility looks like a hockey building," Cook, who was an All-America goalie in 1995, said. "The Glas had seats only on one side and we had to share the locker room with the football players. I'm excited to see hockey in the new building. I just wish they would have built it 15 years ago."

"I'm sure (the BREC) will be one of the nicest buildings of its size anywhere in the country," said Bryan Grand who earned All-America status as a Beaver in 1968, 1969 and 1970. "It looks as if they did it right when it comes to building the facility. The John Glas was an intimate building but I think the new building will be intimate as well.

"I'd love to play in it. Maybe we can schedule some of our old-timers games on the rink," Grand, who has season tickets, said. "I know I'll watch a lot of games there."

Joel Otto, a captain on the 31-0-0 NCAA II national championship team of 1983-84, is working his schedule to try and find a way to attend the opening game in the BREC.

"It's an awesome building," Otto said. "It's a fantastic facility and the extended Bemidji area should be proud of it.

"Let's not forget Beaver hockey's past but the facility signals a new era for BSU hockey," Otto continued. "With the new building, the revitalization of the program through Ernie (coach Tom Serratore) and the move to the WCHA, it's an exciting time for Beaver hockey."

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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