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Scanlan to leave East Grand Forks for Bemidji State

He led the East Grand Forks Green Wave to a second place finish in the 2014 state Class A girls hockey tournament but when practice opens in October there will be a new head coach.

Jim Scanlan, who coached the EGF girls hockey team for six seasons has left to take the head women's hockey coach job at Bemidji State University.

Scanlan was a graduate of Bemidji State, playing goalie on the men's hockey team from 1978 to 1982 under long-time head coach Bob Peters. He also played on two NAIA national championship teams in 1979 and 1980.

Before Scanlan coached the girls hockey teams, he spent 12 years as the head boys hockey coach.

In addition to coaching girls hockey, he also served as the school's activities director.

The 2013-14 season was perhaps Scanlan's most successful season, leading the Green Wave to a 26-3-1 record. They lost to the Blake Bears in the Class A championship game 3-2.

Whoever succeeds Scanlon will inherit a top notch team, losing only four seniors to graduation. Among the returning players will be sisters Haley and Alexa Mack. Can EGF make a return trip to state in the 2014-15 season?