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Published July 01, 2010, 05:06 PM

Fabian hired as UND women's hockey assistant coach

Roseau native says he "always wanted to coach"

By: Derek Koenen, UND

University of North Dakota athletics director Brian Faison and women’s hockey head coach Brian Idalski announced today that Erik Fabian has been hired as an assistant coach for the Fighting Sioux program. Fabian will help with all aspects of the team including recruiting, scouting, game-planning, video breakdown and basic hockey skills.

“I feel like I am going to bring a youthful exuberance to coaching,” Fabian said. “I have always wanted to coach. It is where my heart lies right now and is what drew me to this opportunity. I just want to go coach and do what I can for the program.”

Fabian is a former men’s UND forward (2003-2007) who played professional hockey in the ECHL for the Pensacola Ice Pilots and Alaska Aces.

“I am excited to add someone with Erik’s hockey knowledge and history to our staff,” Idalski said. “Erik has been very successful in the past with a long Fighting Sioux background. His work ethic will be a valuable asset as we move forward as a program and being from Roseau and having played four years here as a member of the Fighting Sioux including some professional hockey - he is certain to inject some excitement and enthusiasm into our program.”

Fabian was previously serving as the assistant director of The Hockey Academy at Ralph Engelstad Arena.

“The one great thing about working with The Hockey Academy was working with Brad Berry,” Fabian said. “He did a lot of player development when he was coaching so I have learned a lot of new drills from him. I also learned some patience obviously working with all ages. You have to know how to design drills for the young player, but also the elite player.”

Berry was recently hired by the Columbus Blue Jackets as an assistant head coach.

Fabian was an alternate captain his senior season as a member of the Fighting Sioux in 2006-07 that went 24-14-5. During his four year campaign he recorded a collective 19 goals and 20 assists for 39 points in 115 games played helping to the Sioux to the NCAA tournament all four years, the semifinals three times and championship once. He was a three-time WCHA All-Academic selection and during 2003-04 had a career-high four point game against Minnesota State (Feb. 21, 2004) scoring a hat-trick and an additional assist. In 2004-05, Fabian scored two goals in a 4-2 Frozen Four semifinal win over Minnesota.

Before UND Fabian spent the 2002-03 season with the Topeka Scarecrows of the USHL and was a 2001 graduate of Roseau High School.