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Rails Hockey Hire Jeff Laspi as New Head Coach

Updated: July 14, 2020 10:41 PM

Once a Rail, always a Rail. Jeff Laspi once played for the Proctor boys hockey team and now he'll get to serve as the new bench boss.

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The Proctor High School Athletic Department announced on Tuesday the hiring of Laspi as the new boys hockey head coach.

"It's a serious job and it's a big time job. If you're a head coach of boys or girls hockey in the state of Minnesota, it's a big deal," explained Laspi. "I want them to look forward to coming to the rink. I want them to go rink rat after outside. I want them to be around each other, be around us, and just have that atmosphere that just makes the kids want to have fun," he added.

Laspi will serve as the 14th head coach in the program's history, taking over for Dan Stauber who stepped down following the 2019-2020 season.

Most recently, he's served as an assistant coach for the Proctor/Hermantown girls hockey team under Hall of Fame and recently retired head coach Glen Gilderman. With the Mirage, Laspi was part of four state tournament appearances. He said he learned a lot working with Gilderman.

"You can do all the X's and O's and have the best practice plans, have the best speeches in the locker room, but if you can't get through to the kids, none of it matters. Glen was great with the relationship side of working with his kids. I think all the kids he's coach would say that," he said.

The University of Wisconsin - Superior graduate has been coaching since October of 2002. He's coached hockey, baseball, and football.

Laspi will hit the ice for his first official skate with his new team on Wednesday.

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