Bruins' new board tackles search for new coach as first order of business
Eight new board members stepped up to manage the Grand Forks Border Bruins junior “B” hockey association at their annual general meeting Wednesday, Mar. 16. Michael Wirischagin took over the reins as president of the board as only three previous directors stood for re-election. Wirischagin, who also moonlights as the voice of the Border Bruins, lauded the outgoing board, and has a very positive outlook on the future of the organization. “Past-president Jason Odland and his crew laid the groundwork for a very successful future for the Bruins,” said Wirischagin. “They made Grand Forks a destination once again for top-tiered talent – a place where these kids want to come and play.” The Bruins new board includes: President Michael Wirischagin, Vice-President Ward Faust, Secretary/Treasurer Michelle Odland, Director of Hockey Operations Tom Frith and Directors Paul Horkoff, Valerie Horkoff, Barb Faust, Matt Zamec, Dave Grootjes, Erron Nicolson and Marty Vanlerberg. Wirischagin stressed that the first order of business for the new board is to hire a new coach and general manager, a decision that will not be taken lightly. “As of now we have had many applicants with more still to come with the closing date being Mar. 31,” explained Wirischagin. “This may very well be the most important decision that this board makes during their tenure and we have to, and I mean have to, choose the right candidate for the job at hand.” The Border Bruins will announce their new head coach and general manager sometime in April. Wirischagin has a history of involvement in local sports, both as Director of Marketing and Promotions for the Grand Forks International Baseball tournament, and Head Coach of the Grand Forks Secondary School’s senior boy’s basketball team.
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