Teams will face off Friday and Saturday
Instate foes to face off in Bowling Green
Teams will meet Friday in Columbus, Saturday in Oxford
Teams will meet at 3:05 p.m. in Value City Arena
A four-time letterwinner at Minnesota Duluth, Larson was a part of the coaching staff at his alma mater for three seasons and a member of the staff that won the 2011 NCAA Championship, as well as the 2009 WCHA playoff title. With the Bulldogs, Larson coached and/or recruited five players who combined for seven All-America honors, a Hobey Baker Award winner and a current NHL defenseman.
With the Sioux City Musketeers, Larson led the team to the playoffs in 2011-12 and had two players selected to Team USA for the 2013 World Junior A Challenge, as well as a 2012 NHL draft pick and three selections in the 2013 NHL draft.
Larson served as the head coach for Team USA in the 2012 World Junior A Challenge, leading the squad to a gold medal in the tournament in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. He was an instructor at USA Hockey Select 17 Camp in 2009 and 10 and has been a presenter for various USA Hockey Level 4 and 5 clinics.
Larson was a team captain for Minnesota Duluth as a senior in 1995. He and the Bulldogs won the 1992 WCHA title and he was a three-time WCHA All-Academic Team selection, as well as the recipient of the team's community service award as a senior. He skated in 133 games for UMD in his career, with 24 goals, 43 assists and 67 points.
A draft pick of the Detroit Red Wings in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft, Larson played professional hockey in a number of leagues over parts of 12 seasons. He won three league championships during his career, including as the player/assistant coach of the San Diego Gulls (WCHL), and he was the captain of four squads. Larson was a WCHL All-Star in both 1998 and `99.
A native of Duluth, Minn., Larson and his wife, Kelly, have a son, Lane, and a daughter, Calla. Larson earned a degree in criminology, with a minor in coaching, from the University of Minnesota (Duluth) in 2004.
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