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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Ten years ago, two brothers — Tom and Greg Vannelli — took over as coaches of the St. Thomas Academy hockey team.
“It was more about, ‘Lets get back to a program that’s a nice institution like St. Thomas,'” Greg said. “And the winning just happened to evolve with it.”
They’ve won their share — side by side to state titles.
“We’ve been pretty close our whole life,” Tom said. “We’re Irish twins. It’s easy to get a feel for each other.”
They are winning again this season.
Tom is the product of a coach who he admires — a demanding man named Herb Brooks. Tom played for him with the Gophers and the lessons have not been lost to this day.
“I think the passion … and trying to think outside the box,” Tom said. “I don’t think we’ve been satisfied…
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