This week's cover: April 16, 2015

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Russia provides warm welcome to U.S. Bandy team


By Alyssa Hollenback
Let’s Play Hockey

With anti-American sentiment running high, the players of the U.S. National Bandy Team were a bit unsure of what to expect as they traveled to the far eastern Russian city of Khabarovsk last month for the 2015 World Bandy Championship. Although no strangers to playing in Russia, the current political relationship between the two nations meant that it was possible that the Americans would be treated like unwelcome guests. But just what should they expect? Would there be booing during the national anthem? Would there be protestors outside of the arena? Would players face hostility from the public?

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Coaching Carousel: Upper Midwest coaching changes

High School Boys

School 2014-15 Coach 2015-16 Coach
Grand Rapids John Rothstein  
Greenway Jim Lawson  
Hastings Russ Welch Adam Welch
Lakeville South Kurt Weber  
Monitcello Sheldon Weston Sheldon Weston/TBD
Mounds View Rick Thomas  
Orono Justin Pagel  
Providence Academy Scott Brokaw  
Spring Lake Park Tom Benson  
St. Paul Academy Bill Owens Matt Funk
St. Paul Highland Park Tom Doyle  


High School Girls

School 2014-15 Coach 2015-16 Coach
Cambridge-Isanti Bob Nelson  
Chisago Lakes Jason Mahlen  
Cloquet-Esko-Carlton Lance Horvat  
East Ridge Dean Talafous  
Henry Sibley Chad Norman  
Mounds View Aaron Moberg/Christina Hanson Aaron Moberg
St. Francis/North Branch Beth Kuehl  
St. Paul United David Cole Nate Mauer


College Women

School 2014-15 Coach 2015-16 Coach
Hamline Steve DeBus Natalie Darwitz
Minnesota State Eric Means  
Minnesota Duluth Shannon Miller  
Wisconsin-Eau Claire Mike Collins  

The College-to-the-NHL All-Star Team


As we reported in the March 26 edition of Let’s Play Hockey, 277 former college players have seen action in at least one NHL game this season to make up 32 percent of all NHL players. With that sizable number in mind, and with the college hockey season and NHL regular season nearing their ends, we thought we would attempt to name a College-to-the-NHL All-Star Team.

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This week's cover: March 26, 2015

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