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AUSTIN BRUINS

The Austin Bruins spent most of this week at Riverside Arena or at a hotel in Austin, as they held their annual Orientation Camp, where players were "off the grid" in order to bond as a group and learn what will be expected of them in the 2022-23 season.
Xavier Jean-Louis spent one season with the Austin Bruins, but the Montreal native said it was well worth being 17 hours away from home. Jean-Louis played in all situations for the Bruins. His versatility, size and speed, as well as his leadership on and off the ice, have landed him a roster spot at the Division I University of Alaska, beginning this fall.
Jack Malinski's coaches say his best on-ice trait is his Hockey IQ. The Lakeville South graduate showed that in spades last season for the Austin Bruins. It's part of what made him so well-liked in the locker room, and it's a big reason why -- following the Bruins' main tryout camp this week -- he's been named the Bruins' captain for 2022-23.
Jens Richards was a standout for two seasons with the Northstar Christian Academy team in Alexandria, then for two seasons with the Austin Bruins. On Friday, he accomplished another goal by committing to play Division I college hockey at the University of Vermont.

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CJ Smith produced 92 points in two seasons with the Austin Bruins nearly a decade ago. The Des Moines native has since had a solid professional career, playing 15 games in the NHL and winning the American Hockey League title this season with the Chicago Wolves, the top minor-league affiliate of the Carolina Hurricanes.
The Austin Bruins went 8-3-1 in 12 regular-season games against the Aberdeen Wings. That success mattered little in the playoffs, though, as the Wings swept the Bruins in three games to eliminate them from the NAHL postseason.
Owen DuBois was in the right place at the right time, converting a long rebound into a short-handed goal that held up as the game winner in the Aberdeen Wings victory against the Austin Bruins on Saturday at Riverside Arena.
The Austin Bruins took a two-goal lead into the third period of an NAHL playoff game Friday night, against a team that they had beaten eight out of 12 times this year. The Bruins lost that lead and Game 1 of the best-of-5 series against Aberdeen.
The Austin Bruins host the Aberdeen Wings to open the NAHL Central Division semifinals Friday night at Riverside Arena. It will mark Austin's first playoff game in more than three years.
Anthony Menghini needed little time to become a prolific goal scorer in the North American Hockey League. The Brainerd native and former standout at Northstar Christian Academy in Alexandria has a team-leading 20 goals, as well as 31 points, in 37 games for the playoff-bound Bruins.

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Klayton Knapp came to Austin last fall to prove to himself that he can play at the NAHL level. He's done that, and he's proved it to his teammates, coaches and opponents across the league.
Alex Trombley scored with less than a minute to go in regulation to force overtime, but the Austin Bruins took a penalty early in the extra period and the Aberdeen Wings cashed in to earn a 4-3 victory in the final game of the North American Hockey League's regular season.
Klayton Knapp and Anthony Menghini provided the highlights again for the Austin Bruins, who won for the eighth time in 10 games on Friday.

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