Greg Aslakson went from head coach of the Brainerd High School boys' hockey team to a state tournament trip as an assistant at Eden Prairie.
Following the 1998-99 season in Brainerd, Aslakson resigned and was hired at Eden Prairie where the Eagles went to state in the winter of 2001. He was an assistant for three seasons before getting the head job at Robbinsdale Armstrong this season.
"I still teach (at Eden Prairie)," Aslakson said following Armstrong's 2-1 overtime win over the Warriors Saturday. "I loved it there. It was great being an assistant. You just go to the rink, have fun with the kids, and don't have to worry about all that other stuff. But I got the itch again when Bruce (Johnson) retired. This is a good program."
Aslakson conceded it was a bit unusual to be standing behind the opposing team's bench in Brainerd and was impressed with improvements made at Brainerd Area Civic Center and Gold Medal Arena.
"It was kind of weird," Aslakson said. "It really was my first time back in Brainerd. I can't believe how it's changed since we moved. It looks like they did more work on the arena here.
"They've got it going here. They have a lot of good kids, guys like Morgan Shepherd, I remember coaching him in a summer Pee Wee league tournament. They've got some nice players, they really do."
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