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New face set to lead Norskies in 2021-22 season
Elliot Bates brings years of experience to Thief River Falls
(Thief River Falls, MN) – The Thief River Falls Norskies hockey program will have a new bench boss heading into the 2021-22 hockey season. The change comes after the Norskies didn’t play a season in 2020-21 due to the Coronavirus pandemic .
Elliot Bates comes to the Norskies after a stint as the head coach of the Bozeman Icedogs. Prior to Bozeman, Bates was an assistant with the Granite City Lumberjacks and the Yellowstone Quake. Bozeman, Granite City and Yellowstone are all NA3HL teams.
Bates is not new to the region. The native of Drayton, North Dakota, has been a scout in the North American Hockey League (NAHL) the past few seasons for the Kenai River (Alaska) Brown Bears and Austin (Minnesota) Bruins.
“I’m thrilled to be joining such a great organization,” Bates said. “I’m excited to get to work and continue players development and reach their goals of NCAA.”
The Norskies will return to their usual home, the Ralph Engelstad Arena.
“We have the facility that’s dedicated to player development, and I’m excited to add to the Norskie tradition,” Bates said.
The Norskies will begin the 2021-22 campaign at home on September 17 against the Wisconsin Lumberjacks at 7:30 p.m.