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EAU CLAIRE NORTH (1987-91)
(Picture courtesy of Tom Kuklinski's archives)
EAU CLAIRE NORTH HIGH SCHOOL CAREER
Luke Strand only knew one way to play the game ... all out every shift. He was never the biggest or the fastest player on the ice, but he always found a way to make things happen. Strand led the Huskies in scoring in his junior year and was 2nd to Dan Olson in his senior year. He played the final game of his high school career in the State Tournament in Madison, part of the first North team to advance to State in 1991. Luke Strand ranks 15th on North's all-time scoring list.
Luke played for the UW-Eau Claire Blugolds from 1993-1997.
UW-EAU CLAIRE COLLEGE CAREER
Luke is now Head Coach/General Manager of the Sioux City Musketeers in the USHL. He has also been a coach with the Houston Aeros.
Strand, who played for Blugold coach Ian Perrin from 1993-97, served a two-year stint as an assistant coach and assistant general manager with the Green Bay Gamblers of the United States Hockey League. During his tenure in Green Bay the Gamblers had 11 players drafted by the National Hockey League (NHL), including a first round selection in the 2005 draft.
A graduate of Eau Claire North High School, Strand played his prep hockey for Tom Kuklinski and then went on to play for the Junior A North Iowa Huskies from 1991-93 before joining the Blugolds.
As a Blugold, he ranks among the top 20 all-time career scorers with 85 points (41 g, 44 a) during a 104-game career. He was given the Wally Akervik Memorial Award as the top freshman in 1994 and received the Most Dedicated Player Award and was a team captain during his junior and senior seasons. He was a member of one of the school’s most successful teams in 1994-95 when the Blugolds finished 16-11 overall.
Following his career at UWEC, Strand spent two seasons with the Madison Monsters and one season with the Madison Kodiaks of the UHL. Strand was named the team Rookie of the Year and was selected as team captain in his final two seasons in Madison. When his playing career ended, he became an assistant coach and head JV coach with the perennially powerful St. Norbert men’s hockey program under head coach Tim Coghlin. The Green Knights were 68-15-5 during his three seasons on the staff with an NCAA Frozen Four appearance in 2002-03. He recruited the 2003-04 team that finished runner-up in the NCAA Division III national tournament.
Luke Strand's Coaching Record at UW-Eau Claire
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