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MEN'S HOCKEY: Serratore excited for Galen Nagle tourney

BEMIDJI — Tom Serratore always gets excited for the Galen Nagle Memorial Golf Tournament.

“To me it’s like the midpoint of the summer,” the BSU head hockey coach said. “When the Nagle is over, that mean’s it’s almost hockey season.”

BSU will host the 17th annual version of the golf outing Friday at Bemidji Town and Country Club.

As a fundraiser for the BSU men’s hockey program, the Nagle tournament attracts many hockey alumni and fans back to Bemidji for a day of golfing and — most importantly — conversation.

“That’s the most fun thing about this event, is engaging the fans and alumni who come back,” Serratore said. “It’s great to go out there, see your friends and talk hockey in a different kind of setting.

“It’s all about going back with the alumni and telling old stories and maybe talking about the season to come with fans and other people. It’s fun.”

The tournament’s namesake is Galen Nagle, who was a goaltender on the 1983-84 undefeated Division II national title team. He lost a long battle with cancer in 1994 at the age of 34.

All proceeds from the tournament benefit the BSU men’s hockey program via an endowment fund set up in Nagle’s name.

Serratore said that naming the tournament after Nagle is important for what he represented to the BSU hockey program.

“He really epitomized what Beavers hockey is all about,” Serratore said. “He was dedicated, hard-working, coachable and was a great teammate.

“The best compliment you could give someone is they’re a great teammate. And that was him to a ‘T’.”

Serratore said he expected about 40-45 alumni to return for Friday’s tournament and that close to 140 total golfers had signed up — about the same as last year’s turnout.

“It’s such a compliment to Galen as a person that everyone who comes back calls it the ‘Nagle’ and not just ‘the fundraiser golf tournament,’” Serratore said. “It’s always a fun tournament. I’m excited to get back together with everyone this season.”

Jack Hittinger

Jack Hittinger is the sports editor of the Bemidji Pioneer. He is also the Bemidji State beat writer. He hails from the Great State of Michigan. Read his Bemidji State blog at and follow him on Twitter at @Jackhitts.

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