KEARNEY, Neb. – Tri-City Storm head coach and GM Josh Hauge has added another member to his coaching staff for the 2013-14 season, choosing St. Louis native Erik Blase as the team’s video coordinator.
The 34-year-old has previous experience coaching junior hockey in multiple leagues and is actively involved in the managing of Flexxcoach, a service that helps other hockey coaches stay organized.
“It’s a huge advantage for us,” Hauge said. “We got a guy who loves to break video down and that’s his expertise. We’re really excited about him breaking down players’ individual shifts as well as scouting our opponents.”
Blase comes from a hockey background, both playing and coaching at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo.
“I grew up around the game,” Blase said. “I played at Lindenwood and then coached there for four years after graduation. I also coached a couple years of youth hockey in Colorado and then went back east to coach in the EJHL.”
In the EJHL, he served as the head coach for both the Hampton Roads Whalers in Chesapeake, Va. and the East Coast Eagles in Raleigh, N.C.
The newest member of the Storm staff has also been fortunate to learn from his father, Keith, who has worked in scouting and amateur hockey for USA Hockey and in the NHL with the St. Louis Blues.
Now he’ll bring his coaching experience and passion for video to Kearney.
“I’m excited to be part of the USHL,” Blase said. “I like the idea of being able to help guys move on to college. With the commitment from the ownership and the quality of coaching, it’s the place to be when it comes to coaching junior hockey. I like the idea of finding the best players you can each year and developing them into top end division I players.”
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