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Steel hire Alex North as new head coach

NEW ULM — For the third time this season, the New Ulm Steel have a new head coach.

Alex North, a native of Faribault, Minnesota began his tenure replacing former head coach Erick Bromberg who will remain with the Steel as an assistant coach.

“I played high school hockey at Shattuck-St. Mary’s and then I played in the North American Hockey League with Bismarck and the Alaska Avalanche,” he said. “Then my last year of juniors I played in Manitoba, Canada. I then played college hockey at St. Mary’s University in Winona.”

North said that a shoulder injury during his second year ended his playing career but got him into the coaching aspect of hockey.

“I decided that coaching hockey was what I wanted to do and I stated that journey,” he said. “I have been doing skill development coaching since I was 15 years old, and as a coach, that is one of my biggest strengths.”

From St. Mary’s, North went to coach in the NA3HL with North Iowa. He then went to Worthington where he ran the ice rink and also coached the high school team. He then was in LaCrosse, Wisconsin for three years with the Freeze and the Chill as a coach.

North said that Steel General Manager Brad Stepan called him and asked him if he wanted to coach the rest of the season for the New Ulm Steel.

“Right now I am just working through the end of the year to try and make sure we end on a good note,” North said.

North said that he is not planning on any changes. He said that he knows that being the third head coach in a year is not an easy situation to come into.

“I have been in the same situation as a player and I hope that as a coach they think that I am the guy who can help them out and get them to the next level.”

PRINTWEAR GRAPHICS NIGHT SATURDAY: It will be “Printwear Graphics Night” at the New Ulm Civic Center when the New Ulm Steel host the Mason City Toros at 7:30.

The first 100 fans in attendance will get free Steel t-shirts.

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