KEARNEY, Neb. – Tri-City Storm assistant coach Erik Largen has accepted a new position as the number one assistant coach with the Janesville Jets of the North American Hockey League.
Largen, who was in his first season with the Storm after coming to Kearney in June, will get a chance to move into a role as a number one assistant after spending time in the number two role with Tri-City.
“Erik’s a bright young coach who has a very strong future in this game,” said Storm head coach Jim Hulton. “He’s got a good work ethic in both coaching and in recruiting and when you combine those two it makes for a very bright future. We’d like to thank him for all his efforts representing the Storm and we wish him all the best in his endeavors in Janesville.”
The Fairbanks, Alaska native began his coaching career as an assistant with the Fairbanks Ice Dogs in the NAHL under former Storm head coach Josh Hauge.
Largen, who is 26-years-old, also spent two seasons with the Twin Cities Northern Lights of the Minnesota Junior Hockey League (MNJHL).
“We’re happy with current assistants JB Bittner and Erik Blase,” Hulton said. “We think we can make up for the loss of Erik with a group effort. JB has a ton of experience as a recruiter with his background at Ohio State so he’s very comfortable picking up on the scouting and I’ve also done a lot of scouting in my past.”
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