North Shore Hockey Skates Under New Bench Boss

Alicia Tipcke
Updated: December 17, 2019 11:05 PM

A storm is taking a new shape up the shore. For the first time in over two decades prep hockey players are skating under a new bench boss. 


"He's been such a good help throughout this year so far. He's brought a lot more energy to the team, you know just being a new coach," said Spencer Jackson, a senior right wing for North Shore. 

"Fellows is more modern so he brings some of the new stuff to the game," added junior North Shore goalie Riley Bilben.

Mike Guzzo led the boys squad for 23 years. He retired in February following the end of last season. Now, the North Shore Storm co-op are learning the state's sport from Andy Fellows. 

"I've got a really talented group. A lot of outdoor hockey up here so they've really got some good hands," said Andy Fellows, the head coach of the North Shore boy's team. 

"There's a lot of different changes about how we run the practices and how the games are. Everyone likes it and there's more flow to the game," commented Ero Wallin, a junior Defenseman on the Storm.

With players from Cook County, Silver Bay and Two Harbors, Coach Fellows notes communication as one key to success, "they've been together for a long time, it really helps them."

Despite calling different towns home, their fluid teamwork has a history. "They've played together since peewees, so it's really nice that they've been in some similar situations growing up," said Fellows. 

"During the summer we skated that's when we bonded the most. Overall I think that we've bonded closer together," added Cole Komrek, a North Shore senior center. 

Sitting at 3-4 on the season, coach says they take everything as a learning experience. Win or lose the Storm skate for the team, as a team.

"It's great working with these kids. really really nice kids, hard working kids," said Fellows.

Wallin left Monday's practice with a simple note, "the boys love you coach."


Alicia Tipcke

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