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Bruins Begin Releasing 2010-11 Tenders

Over the next two weeks check back with AUSTINBRUINS.COM to see all of the 2010-11 tenders for the Austin Bruins inagural season.

One of the tenders is defense-men Jake Rossman, who played his senior year of high school at Minnetonka. Jake made an appearance in the Minnesota State High School Hockey tournament. He plays a steady simple game with the puck and is a solid 1-1 defender. Jake currently plays lacrosse for his high school in Minnetonka, MN. The other is Dylan Wells a goalie who played for assistant coach Adam Kostichka in the Chadders midget AAA program. Dylan is a great competitor, and an athletic goaltender. He helped his team make a great run toward nationals that concluded with an outstanding 43 save effort in the regional tournament finals. Dylan is from an unconventional hockey market of Tennessee who is proving that hockey players do come from everywhere.

Tok, Kostichka named to Bruins’ coaching staff

The Austin Bruins have announced that Chris Tok has been named the team’s head coach and general manger In addition, Adam Kostichka will serve as the team’s assistant coach and director of player development.

A native of Coleraine, Minn., Tok spent the last four seasons as an assistant coach at Michigan Tech University (WCHA).

“I’m truly happy to have someone like Chris leading our team into our inaugural season,” said Bruins owner Craig Patrick, whose team will begin play in 2010-11 “He’s a strong coach with unrivaled work ethic and integrity.”

“I’m excited for the opportunity provided by Craig Patrick to bring back junior hockey to the community of Austin,” said Tok “The NAHL is a growing league that will be sure to entertain the fans of Austin every night.”

Prior to Michigan Tech, Tok served as the assistant coach and assistant general manger of the USHL’s Waterloo Black Hawks from 2002-05 before being promoted to associate head coach and associate general manager He helped guide the Black Hawks to their first-ever Clark Cup championship in 2003-04.

“Having someone like Chris is key to our mission of development, on and off the ice, for our athletes,” added Patrick “His experiences and contacts will help give our players the best possible chance of reaching their goals.”

Tok played four years at the University of Wisconsin (WCHA) from 1991-95, serving as a captain his senior season. He went on to play six years of minor-professional hockey before embarking on his coaching career.

Chris and his wife, Melissa, have a son: Easton.

Kostichka, from Stevens Point, Wis., joins the Bruins after serving the last three seasons as head coach of the Chadder’s Tier I program in Salt Lake City.

After his junior hockey career with the then-America West Hockey League’s (AWHL) Bismarck Bobcats, Kostichka played four years at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (NCHA) from 2001-05, earning degrees in Business Administration and Economics He went on to play two years in the minor-professional ranks.

“It’s great to have Adam with us in Austin,” said Patrick “He’s a perfect fit for our organization; he’s a very good coach with great connections to help our incoming players advance.”

Austin, Minnesota team announces nickname, logo

The Austin, Minnesota team that will begin play in the North American Hockey League (NAHL) next season has announced the release of its nickname and logo.

The team will be called the Austin Bruins.

“We asked for input on a name for the team and have given away season tickets to one of the people who suggested Bruins,” said team owner Craig Patrick.  “There were many creative entries, but none held the hockey history, combined with some local history, directly tied to the Austin area like Bruins does.”

Back in 1854, when Austin Nichols built the first log cabin on the land now called the city of Austin, the area was a haven for wild game, including bears.

“We’re tying all of that into the team name and image,” Patrick added. “This team is for Austin and we’re going to do our best to provide an experience that’s unrivaled in junior hockey.” 

NAHL announces calendar of events for 2010-11

The North American Hockey League (NAHL) has announced its calendar of events for the 2010-11 season.

The eighth annual Sherwood/NAHL Showcase Tournament will be held from September 15-18, 2010 at the Schwan Super Rink in Blaine, Minn. Every NAHL team will play four regular-season games at the event, which is widely considered the top scouting festival for college and professional teams.

The NAHL will host its first of two Sherwood/NAHL Top Prospects Tournament events from December 5-7, 2010 at the Iorio Ice Arena in Walpole, Mass.  The rosters will consist of elite NAHL players both committed and not yet committed to Division I schools, as well as those recognized on the NHL Central Scouting Bureau’s fall “Players to Watch” list for 2011 draft-eligibles.

The second Sherwood/NAHL Top Prospects Tournament will be held from February 13-15, 2011 at the Ice Cube in Ann Arbor, Mich., home of the USA Hockey National Team Development Program.  The rosters for this Top Prospects event will consist of players not yet committed to Division I programs.

Close to 30 players who participated in the 2009 Sherwood/Top Prospects Tournament earned scholarships to Division I schools following the event. Five players who competed in this year’s Top Prospects Tournament, which was held in Ann Arbor in January, have already committed to Division I programs.

The dates and location for the 2011 Robertson Cup Championship Tournament, which crowns the NAHL’s playoff champion and also represents USA Hockey’s Tier II Junior A national champion, will be announced in the coming months.

The North American Hockey League, the only USA Hockey-sanctioned Tier II Junior A league boasting 24 teams from across the country, prides itself on the social maturity and skill development of student-athletes ages 16-20 with aspirations of advancing to collegiate and/or professional hockey.

NAHL approves Austin, Minnesota membership

The North American Hockey League (NAHL) has announced that its Board of Governors has accepted the membership for an expansion team in Austin, Minn.

The club, which is owned by Craig Patrick, will begin play in the 2010-11 season and play its home games at Riverside Arena in Austin, Minn.

“This is an exciting day for our league and the great hockey state of Minnesota,” said NAHL commissioner Mark Frankenfeld.  “Austin has been without a junior hockey team for 25 years and we’re eager to resurrect its presence with a committed owner dedicated to developing and exposing the most promising young players in all of North America to the collegiate and professional ranks.”

Patrick has been involved in hockey as a player, coach and parent for much of his life.

“Austin has a great junior hockey tradition in the past and has a bright future ahead,” said Patrick. “We’ll be bringing in strong, experienced coaching, coupled with a exciting off-ice atmosphere, which will create a great experience for the people of Austin and our players.”

“With a strong and successful business background, along with a deep passion for hockey, specifically junior hockey, we’re lucky to have an owner like Craig Patrick become part of the NAHL family,” said Frankenfeld. “His energy and enthusiasm for the sport, along with his unwavering desire to bring a fun, affordable brand of hockey to the Austin community, is unmatched.”

The Austin team is the fourth to call Minnesota home, joining the Albert Lea Thunder, Alexandria Blizzard and the Owatonna Express.

“Austin’s presence is instrumental in terms of strengthening our Central Division footprint and automatically enhances all of our great rivalries throughout the division,” said Frankenfeld.

For more information on the Austin team, visit AustinNAHL.com.

The North American Hockey League, the only USA Hockey-sanctioned Tier II Junior A league boasting 24 teams from across the country, prides itself on the social maturity and skill development of student-athletes ages 16-20 with aspirations of advancing to collegiate and/or professional hockey.