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Published September 11 2010

Force hire Jason Herter as next head coach

An old face will be the new head coach of the Fargo Force.

Former Force assistant Jason Herter was hired this morning by the Force to take over the team days before training camp starts Monday. The 39-year-old Saskatchewan native replaces Steve Johnson, who resigned Monday to become an assistant coach at St. Cloud State.

"Hockey is in my blood and I've always been looking for a good opportunity," said Herter, who was an assistant during the Force's first season. "I am established in the community and in the world of hockey, if a good opportunity comes up, you take advantage of it."

Herter takes over a team that returns nine players from last year's squad that advanced to the Clark Cup Finals for a consecutive season.

He becomes the team's third coach in as many years.

Herter was an assistant under Dean Blais in the team's first season.

After Blais left to coach at Nebraska-Omaha, Herter stayed in town where he worked at a local investments firm.

Outside of his work with the Force, Herter is known by many as a former North Dakota star.

Herter played three years at UND before being drafted eighth overall in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft by the Vancouver Canucks.