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Black Hawk assistant Dobes accepts head job in Minnesota

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WATERLOO (Black Hawks Media Relations) -- After spending three seasons as an assistant coach with the Waterloo Black Hawks, Jason Dobes has accepted an offer to become the Head Coach of the Twin Cities Northern Lights of the Minnesota Junior Hockey League.

Dobes' departure allows him to go back to the same Bloomington, Minnesota junior team he played for from 2003-2005.  During his time with the club, Dobes was recognized as the Northern Lights' Most Improved Player (2004) and Hardest Worker (2005), while playing for current Tri City Storm assistant coach Eric Fink.  Dobes also made his initial foray into coaching while skating with the Northern Lights, working with players from the Midwest Sabres AAA midget program.

"The USHL is about development for everyone who is involved," said Waterloo Black Hawks Head Coach P.K. O'Handley.  "We're proud that Jason has been able to develop his skills during his time with the Black Hawks.  I am excited he is taking the next step in his hockey coaching career and learning first-hand about the responsibilities of being a head coach."

During three seasons with the Black Hawks, Dobes coached players during practice, assisted with the club's video scouting and analysis, and supported administrative tasks, including the coordination of team travel planning.  While he was part of the organization, Waterloo reached the playoffs each year, highlighted by a Clark Cup championship series appearance in 2008.

A Waterloo native, Dobes graduated from Waterloo West High School in 2003.  Before playing junior hockey in Minnesota, he was a member of the Waterloo Warriors high school team and was designated an Assistant Captain as a senior.  Dobes also served as an assistant coach on the Warriors' staff in 2006-2007.  While working with the Black Hawks, Dobes remained connected to the Midwest High School Hockey League, serving as an assistant coach for the select squad of league players who participated at the Chicago Showcase in 2007 and 2008.  He was the associate head coach for the MHSHL's showcase entries in 2009 and 2010.

Online reporter Mark Woodley

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