BEMIDJI, Minn. – After nearly 20 years of affiliation with the Bemidji State University Men’s Hockey program, Ted Belisle has resigned from his position as assistant coach to pursue another professional opportunity. Belisle has been hired to serve on the scouting staff of the National Hockey League’s Los Angeles Kings with a focus on talent in the United States and college hockey.
“This is a great opportunity for Teddy to advance his career at the professional level,” said Head Coach Tom Serratore. “He has a great eye for talent and is going to do an outstanding job for the L.A. Kings.
“Teddy has been a big part of this program for 13 years as a recruiting coordinator and assistant coach and four years before that as a player and captain. His fingerprints are all over this program.” Serratore added, “He has given his heart and soul to Beaver Hockey and he will be missed.”
Belisle’s duties with the Kings begin today. He will be in Buffalo, N.Y., working with the rest of the front office staff at the NHL Entry Draft.
“I have to thank a lot of people for my time at Bemidji State and that starts with Bob Peters and Tom Serratore,” said Belisle. “Bemidji State hockey has been part of my life for the better part of 17 years and I am lucky to have had those two men as my mentors along the way.
“The thing I will miss most about BSU is the players, but in saying that, eventually we will all be part of the same club as alumni of Beaver Hockey.”
Since joining the BSU coaching staff for the 2003-04 season, Belisle has been a part of five College Hockey America regular-season championships, four NCAA Tournament appearances, which includes the Beavers’ magical run to the Frozen Four in 2009, four 20-win seasons, three CHA Tournament titles, and a North Star College Cup championship, not to mention the program’s transition into the Western Collegiate Hockey Association and its new home—Sanford Center. Under his watch, BSU players have been honored with 243 conference academic awards, which includes 45 players recognized with the prestigious WCHA Scholar-Athlete Award, while 44 Beavers have been selected for all-conference honors and four have gone on to play in the NHL.
Belisle played 90 games at forward for the Beavers from 1997-2001, which included serving as the team’s captain in 2000-01, the team’s second season at the NCAA Division I level.
“I’ve always said Bemidji and Bemidji State is a special place for special people.” Belisle continued, “I am thankful for the friends and colleagues I’ve had and earned along the way and I am glad to call this home.”
Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.