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Junior hockey: Wilderness hire new assistant coaches

Brett Skinner and Kyle Brodie will join head coach and general manager Dave Boltz.

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CLOQUET — The Minnesota Wilderness have set their coaching staff for the 2022-23 season, naming Brett Skinner as the team's new associate head coach on Friday.

Skinner, a Brandon, Manitoba native, has spent five seasons as an assistant coach with the United States Hockey League's Sioux Falls Stampede. With Sioux Falls, Skinner helped the team to the 2019 Clark Cup championship under former Colorado College head coach Scott Owens.

He played professionally for 12 seasons, including an 11-game National Hockey League stint with the 2008-09 New York Islanders.

Before that, he played for the University of Denver, winning two national championships (2004 and 2005) with the Pioneers and 2005 WCHA First Team and Second Team All-America honors.

On Sunday, the Wilderness named Kyle Brodie as an assistant coach.

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Brodie, a Bemidji State alum, has spent the last six seasons working with AAA programs in Wenatchee, Washington, where Brodie himself played in the North American Hockey League from 2008-10.

Training camp for the Wilderness under head coach and general manager Dave Boltz is scheduled to begin on Aug. 29 ahead of the season opener on Sept. 9 vs. Fairbanks.

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