Nelson named as new Jacket girls hockey head coach

Continuing a life-long love of the game of hockey, Cambridge-native Bob Nelson was named as the new head coach for the Cambridge-Isanti-Mora-Pine City girls program after Jeff McCann retired following the 2012 season.

“I’m very excited about this opportunity. One of the biggest goals I have is to maintain the level of respect Jeff instilled in the program, both for the sport and the players,” said Nelson during a May 29 phone interview. “We will continue our co-op with Mora and Pine City girls. That co-op begins in the youth levels which is a big plus for unity at the high school level.”

Nelson’s full-time job is a field superintendent in commercial construction. He began playing hockey as a 5-year-old and came through the C-I youth system before graduating from CHS in 1980. He continued playing hockey at U of W-Stout and in West St. Paul Junior ‘B” hockey, then played in a men’s hockey league for 20-plus years after that.

“Nellie” coached boys teams in the C-I Youth Hockey Association for eight years before spending the last two winters as the girls varsity assistant coach. Before that stretch, he coached with his brother for two seasons on the St. Louis Park JV boys team.

“I’m excited for Bob to be the next Bluejacket girls hockey head coach,” added District 911 Activities Director Mark Solberg. “He was well-organized and interviewed well when we went through our final four applicants last week.”

The CIMPC girls will kick off the 2012-13 season at home Nov. 10 against Duluth Denfeld.