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Published January 15, 2013, 05:45 PM

Like Father, Like Son

East Grand Forks boys hockey coach Tyler Palmiscno is leading the Green Wave in his first year as solo head coach, following in his father's footsteps.

By: Dan Corey, WDAZ

For East Grand Forks boys hockey coach Tyler Palmiscno, hockey is in his blood.Tylers love for the sport can be attributed to his father, Tony, who coached the Green Wave in the 80s.

Tyler Palmiscno, “I grew up at the rink, I grew up in the coaches room. I was able to observe him and his elements growing up and that's fueled my passion for the game of hockey."

His father, Tony Palmiscno, claimed, "Tyler would go with me to all the Sioux games in the 80's, I had a brother playing at North Dakota at that time, Tyler was one, two, three years old, but he was always my companion. He was one of those young guys that that would sit at a game and he wouldn't run around, he actually watched the games and he always had alot of fun with the sport of hockey."

That fun resulted in following his fathers footsteps..climbing the coaching ladder.

"As I was watching him as an assistant the last couple of years I knew if he ever had a chance at his own team, he would be able to put things together."

That chance has arrived. 14 games into his first year as solo head coach, he has his Green Wave undefeated and ranked second in Class A.

Tyler says, "The credit goes to the 25 kids in the locker room that have put in time put in energy, committed to the game, committed to each other and the program."

Kids that share a common objective.

Tommy Hajicek,Green Wave Senior said, "Winning the section championship is definitely our goal."

Hoping to accomplish it through Palmiscinos coaching.

"He's hard on us but it's very productive."

Colton Poolman, Green Wave junior added, "He works us very hard and tries to get the best out of us."

Coaching traits passed down from his father.

Tyler said, "He always has his little tidbits of information for me which are always good. It's nice to have someone that's been in the same shoes as you and it's someone you can trust to help you through those tough times."

But Dad says all the success goes to his son..

"I like to say that I take some credit but honestly we don't talk a whole lot about it..he's pretty much his own boss," said Tony.

Who is keeping the Wave rolling..

"Just keep getting better, keep playing Green Wave hockey, and let's keep this winning streak going," said Hajicek.