Coleraine native Chris Tok, a Michigan Tech assistant the four years, has been head coach and general manager of the first-year North American Hockey League team in Austin, Minn. The franchise, owned by Craig Patrick, was admitted to the league in February and begins play in 2010-11.
“I am truly happy to have someone like Chris leading our team into this inaugural season, he is a strong coach with unrivaled work ethic and integrity,” Patrick told the Austin Daily Herald. “Having someone like Chris is key to our mission of development, on and off the ice for our athletes. His experiences and contacts will help give our players the best possible chance of reaching their goals.”
Tok, 37, played four seasons as a defenseman at the University of Wisconsin from 1991-95 and was in the professional minor leagues from 1995 through 2001. He was an assistant in the U.S. Hockey League for four seasons with Waterloo (Iowa)., and was a finalist for a Minnesota Duluth assistant opening in 2008.
The NAHL-expansion team, the Bruins, will play at Riverside Arena in Austin.
The team Web site lists these tryout dates:
May 21st – 23rd
June 18th – 20th
Madison, WI (Verona)
July 9th – 11th