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MEN’S HOCKEY: Travis Winter promoted to Bemidji State associate head coach

Winter, a St. Cloud native, has served on the Beavers’ bench for eight seasons as an assistant coach.

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Bemidji State assistant coach Travis Winter, top, supervises the Beavers during a January 2022 game against Ferris State at the Sanford Center. Winter served as interim head coach for the contest.
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BEMIDJI – Bemidji State men’s hockey assistant coach Travis Winter will have a new title this season.

The longtime Beaver hockey assistant and former player has been designated as the program’s associate head coach entering the 2022-23 season.

"I'm excited about the future of Beaver hockey," Winter said in a release. "This program, university and community mean a lot to me and my family. (Head coach Tom) Serratore has been a great mentor, and I look forward to continuing to work with him and (assistant coach Mike) Gibbons as we move forward."

Winter, a St. Cloud native, has served on the Beavers’ bench for eight seasons as an assistant coach.

"Travis has been an integral part of the success of Beaver hockey and the Beaver hockey tradition," Serratore said. "He's an accomplished and well-respected professional as a recruiter, coach and advocate for Beaver hockey and our student-athletes."

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During Winter’s coaching tenure with Bemidji State, he has overseen BSU’s defensive corps and power-play unit and served as the team’s recruiting coordinator. The Beavers were consistently one of the WCHA’s best defenses during his time as an assistant, most notably by leading the league and finishing second in the country in 2016-17 with 1.57 goals allowed per game in league contests.

Last year, he supervised Bemidji State’s power play, which ended the 2021-22 season 10th in the nation and third in the CCHA with a 24.8% conversion rate.

Winter lettered for BSU as a forward from 2005-09, compiling 65 points in 118 games played. He was named First-Team All-College Hockey America in 2006-07, Second Team All-CHA in 2007-08 and captained the 2008-09 Beaver team that advanced to the Frozen Four.

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