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Former NHL player Trent Klatt to stay on as Grand Rapids coach

By David La Vaque, Star Tribune, 04/01/16, 2:54PM CDT


Student and community reaction prompted Klatt to reconsider his resignation as boys’ hockey coach after leading the team to a third-place finish in the state tournament in his first season.

Trent Klatt, after resigning as Grand Rapids boys' hockey coach, said Friday that he has changed his mind and will stay on after student and community reaction prompted him to reconsider.

Trent Klatt isn’t leaving the Grand Rapids boys’ hockey team after all.

Klatt confirmed via text message Friday that he is staying on as coach, less than a week after he had indicated he would give up the job after leading the Thunderhawks to third place in the recent Class 2A state tournament.

A statement on the Independent School District 318 website said Klatt, an NHL player for 14 seasons before retiring in 2005, reconsidered his resignation “after speaking with students and hearing from the community.’’

Klatt previously had expressed concerns about having time to coach while also working as a scout for the New York Islanders.


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