Minnesota Hockey Journal

March 2020

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Q&A by Jessi Pierce M H J O N L I N E . C O M | M A R C H 2 0 2 0 12 WHERE ROB MCCLANAHAN GOES, SUCCESS FOLLOWS. He won two Minnesota Hockey State Championships at Peewees and Bantams, leading to a USA Hockey National Championship his Bantam season. His Mounds View High School varsity team, made up of plenty of those youth champs, went to The Tourney his senior year. He also helped hang a banner at Mariucci with the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers. Oh, and he won a gold medal 40 years ago with the 1980 U.S. Men's Olympic Team. "I was lucky to be on those teams that I was," said McClanahan. "I had good teammates at every level, and was coached by coaches who knew what the word team meant. That's the reason we were successful on all of those stages—because we were a team." After all, it's been said, the name on the front of the jersey is a lot more important than the one on the back, right? McClanahan is now putting those expe- riences and that team-first mentality that was imprinted on him to work at the helm of the Blake boys team. In his first year with the interim head coach tag, McClanahan tells us what he hoped to achieve, what impres- sions he hopes to leave, and, yes, what it was like being a part of an Olympic team that changed hockey in America and continues to have its own impact on hockey fans today. Rob McClanahan is living true to Herb Brooks' motto that the name on the front of the jersey is more important than the one on the back Name on the Front

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