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Grand Forks native Grant Potulny named head coach at Northern Michigan

Grand Forks native and Minnesota assistant coach Grant Potulny is the new head coach at Northern Michigan University.

The school announced the hire Tuesday morning.

Potulny has been an assistant for the Gophers for the last eight seasons. Minnesota reached the Frozen Four in 2012 and 2014.

The Gophers also have won six consecutive regular-season conference titles -- two in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association and four in the Big Ten.

Potulny also has served as an assistant coach twice for the U.S. World Junior Championship team. The U.S. won gold both times.

Potulny will take over for longtime coach Walt Kyle, who was let go this spring.

Brad Elliott Schlossman

Schlossman is in his 12th year covering college hockey for the Herald. In 2016, he was named the top beat writer in the country by the Associated Press Sports Editors. He has voted in the national college hockey poll since 2007 and has served as a member of the Hobey Baker and Patty Kazmaier Award committees.

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