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Stepan named new Rosemount hockey coach

The Rosemount High School athletic department announced Tuesday the hiring of Brad Stepan as the new head boys hockey coach.

Stepan has an extensive background in hockey. He was drafted as a junior out of Hastings and went on to play in the Ontario Hockey League and for Herb Brooks on the 1986 Junior Olympic team. He then played in the New York Rangers' system.

Stepan worked on the coaching staffs at Hastings and Henry Sibley High School and served as a scout for the Tampa Bay Lightning. His son, Derek Stepan, currently plays for the New York Rangers.

"Brad wowed the interview team with his enthusiasm, his confidence and his vision for building our boys hockey program," Rosemount athletic director Mike Manning said.

The Irish had a 6-21 record last season in their final campaign under coach Scott Macho. The program won six games during the 2010-11 season, as well, and just three games apiece in 2008-09 and 2009-10.