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Former Minnesota Wild leader Wes Walz is an assistant coach for the East Ridge boys hockey team this season. Walz' son Kelvin is a senior for the Raptors.

Beefing up the bench

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Doug Long believes that every few years something magical happens on the hockey rink.

Maybe you don't realize it at the time, the East Ridge boys hockey coach said. But eventually it sinks in.

Long thinks he's going through one of those experiences right now - and this time the magic of the moment is crystal clear to him.

"This is going to rank right up there," Long said, "regardless of how the season ends up."

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