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Published July 06 2011

Storey slated as Bruins boys hockey coach

FARGO – Wade Storey has been told that he could pass for the twin brother of former Fargo South boys hockey coach Dean Wilson.

Now, Storey is hoping he can build an equally similar coaching resume as the coach of Wilson’s former program.

Storey was named on Tuesday as South-Shanley’s head boys hockey coach. The longtime Fargo youth coach replaces David Benson, who resigned in May after three seasons.

“Back when Dean Wilson was coaching, he asked me several times to be on his staff,” said Storey, a former Warroad (Minn.) High School hockey standout. “I just couldn’t make it work. This one was a good fit.”

Storey, 50, has coached at the youth level in Fargo for more than a decade.

He’s been a coach and hockey director with the Fargo Flyers during the last 15 years, and he helped coach North Dakota under-16 and under-14 teams to four national titles in the last six years.

Storey played junior hockey with the United States Hockey League’s Sioux City Musketeers from 1979-80.

He said his familiarity with the players on the current Bruins roster should help smooth the transition to a new coach.

“I know all of these kids,” he said. “There is not a kid at either school that I haven’t coached at some level or another. I know what they can do. My expectations are right up there. I want to compete in the EDC and hopefully compete well enough to get to state.”

Benson finished 45-27-5 in three seasons. Before Benson took over, Wilson coached the Bruins to three state titles in 18 years.

Storey said Wilson helped shaped him as a coach when both worked together in the Flyers organization.

“When Dean left, a big legacy left with him,” Storey said. “I hope I can do that same thing 10 or 12 years down the road.”

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