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Doug Long believes that every few years something magical happens on the hockey rink.

Maybe you don't realize it at the time, the East Ridge boys hockey coach said. But eventually it sinks in.


Long thinks he's going through one of those experiences right now - and this time the magic of the moment is crystal clear to him.

"This is going to rank right up there," Long said, "regardless of how the season ends up."

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Mike Longaecker
Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker
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