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Brink to coach BHS girls hockey

A familiar face will be behind the Bemidji High School girls hockey bench this winter as Bob Brink returns to his hometown to teach high school social studies and to guide the Lumberjacks.

A familiar face will be behind the Bemidji High School girls hockey bench this winter as Bob Brink returns to his hometown to teach high school social studies and to guide the Lumberjacks.

"I'm very excited to be back home," Brink, who graduated from BHS in 1995, said. "It feels great to be coming home to Bemidji and to return to coaching."

Brink has been a teacher in the Chaska school district and a few years ago he was a coach in the girls hockey program along with his brother Andy.

He has been out of coaching for the past four years but the Bemidji opportunity provided ample persuasion to return to the coaching ranks.

"It sounds as if there is good, young talent coming up and that there is opportunity for the program to grow," Brink said. "Some of the numbers have been down but I believe there is talent returning and talent in the youth programs.

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"Like the other programs in Bemidji there is passion and support for girls hockey and those are key to a program's success," Brink continued. "When you look at Roseau, Warroad, Moorhead and the other strong programs you see that passion and you see the support. Those are key elements to success."

Brink's immediate goal is to move the program forward.

"We want to set our sights high," he said. "We want to develop as a team and we want to be successful as players."

Brink succeeds Matt Menne who stepped down after last season. The 2010-11 Lumberjacks finished 7-17-2 and lost 8-2 to North Wright County in the opening round of the section playoffs.

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