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Published April 30, 2012, 07:11 PM

Morrinville reflects on time as Spuds head coach

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - There will be a new face on the Moorhead Hockey bench next December for the first time in 16 years. Dave Morinville says the ride has been fun, but it's time to move on.

By: Dom Izzo, WDAY

There will be a new face on the Moorhead Hockey bench next December for the first time in 16 years. Dave Morinville says the ride has been fun, but it's time to move on.

Dave Morinville – 485 Career Wins: “It gets to be a lot doing a job and also trying to coach at night. It gets to be a lot. I’m obviously into it, obviously have put a lot of time and effort into it, but I think there comes a time when you realize this would be a good time to do it.”

Dom: “When did it first cross your mind?”

Dave Morinville: “Well, last year I thought about it. Then starting this year I kind of thought, ‘Could this be it?’ The main reason I stuck around was those five guys that were seniors were great guys to coach. You coach, then all of a sudden your season ends, and you’re like, ‘Hey, instant replay didn’t go our way. Maybe that’s God sending me a message I have to change.”

Dom: “What’s the one thing you’re going to be most proud of when you look back in five, ten years from now?”

Dave Morinville: “I think the alumni that we’ve gotten really involved. UND has done that thing like it’s a family. I think Moorhead hockey is a family. It’s that connection of our youth hockey, past players, guys that I played with at Moorhead High now feel a part of this program. Chuck Watson got into the Hall of Fame, our first coach and that met a lot to me. And just all those relationships you build; calling Vandy after he scores his first goal and congratulating him and he’s just so enthusiastic. I'll miss being on the ice with guys because that’s when you develop relationships.”

Dom: “Any sense of regret with all those trips to the state championship game and to not win?”

Dave Morinville: “Maybe I could have done a couple of things better too. It’s just the way it is. You need breaks, and we couldn’t buy a break. We had breaks in the quarterfinals; we had breaks in the semis. Before instant replay if we could have had that maybe a break or two would have went this way, but it didn’t. Then you take a look at it now and we can’t get a break on the instant replay, so maybe God has a sense of humor and he’s giving it back to me. You feel those and I don’t think you’ll ever forget them. But there’s a reason you coach, and if you’re in it just for the wins and losses it’s a short term deal for you.”

Moorhead Athletic Director Don Hulbert says he'd like to fill the position as soon as possible. He has had some talks with in-house candidates.

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