The Minnehaha boys' hockey team will be faced with some upcoming changes this year, including the addition of a new head coach.

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Boys’ team welcomes new coach

The Minnehaha boys’ hockey team will be faced with some upcoming changes this year, including the addition of a new head coach.

The new coach, John Gould, has had plenty of experience with hockey including playing for Holy Angels and Jefferson high schools, as well as playing juniors for teams including the Kodiaks. Gould has also done some junior scouting as well.

The former Marine Corps soldier said the team will be focusing this season on “discipline, work ethic and integrity, being leaders in the classroom, community, and good sportsmen on the ice.”

Gould’s goals for this year include to “develop good student athletes, quality citizens, to have fun and to create friendship that will last a lifetime.” He hopes to “improve upon last year’s record” and to “develop this year’s team into next year’s team, and next year’s team into next year’s team. That’s how you find success. If you just put everything you got into the upcoming season, then next year’s season you’ll be left with nothing gold.”

The Bloomington native will be looking for character in his 2010-2011 Minnehaha hockey team when he’s evaluating the players during tryouts on the week of November 15th. Gould won’t be trying to “find the best players, but to find the right players.”

Senior captain Jordan Larson and junior captains Michael Fabie and Johnny Seibel have great faith and confidence in Gould, saying that he will “encourage us and help us become the best that we can be.”  All say the team’s strengths include that the team is young and willing to be developed and that this year’s team will be “underdogs” giving the Redhawks the ability to “surprise some people.”

The only thing the team needs to work on now is chemistry and being able to move the puck around. With this accomplished, then the Redhawks might be able to overcome the toughest teams, including Blake.

– Ryan Leo

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