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Northland Pines names familiar face as head hockey coachSubmitted: 06/03/2016
Story By Nolan Blair

Northland Pines names familiar face as head hockey coach
EAGLE RIVER - Northland Pines decided to move the boys hockey team in a different direction after finishing third in the Great Northern Conference.

The school wants to get back to playing like it did in the 1980s, when the program won three state championships.

Now it'll have a member of those championship teams managing the program.


David Cox is the vice president of Cornerstone Custom Buildings in town. But he's been living in Eagle River since he was two. Cox has both played and been a head coach for the Pines hockey team in the past. 

Those years of experience with the school were something Northland Pines Activities Director Brian Margelofsky liked to see. 

"Bringing in the ideas of history and tradition of Northland Pines hockey back to these young men that have been distant from it," said Margelofsky.

You'll find Cox in the Northland Pines Athletic Hall of Fame for his 1983-1984 state championship.

That team was doing what Pines prides itself on today with its enrollment of just 422 students.

"We'd go down and play the teams from the city, and how we beat them was we played as a team," Cox said. "We had heart and passion, and I've seen that over the years with all the teams in the program. I think it's something that's a part of that Eagle River tradition."

Cox already sees the tradition getting stronger.

"I saw some sectional pairings switch around, so it's going to be a big impact for us," said Cox.


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