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Las Vegas coach Rob Pallin is back in Austria with HC TWK Innsbruck for new season

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

By Lee Samuels

Las Vegas hockey coach Rob Pallin, wife Dora and baby Emily Charlotte boarded a morning flight on Tuesday to Austria. They departed from Las Vegas on a flight to Detroit, connected onto an international flight to Munich and then made their way to Innsbruck, Austria.

There coach Rob will attend to his HC TWK Innsbruck hockey club which will begin playing exhibition games in mid-August and then open their season against Bolzano of Italy.

During recent weeks in Las Vegas coach Rob worked with top Las Vegas skaters including Gage Quinney, who is in the NHL Pittsburgh Penguins organization, and Brendan Harris who will be a freshman playing for NCAA Bemidji State this fall. The workouts with Gage and Brendan were over at the SoBe Ice Arena on North Rancho Drive.

“Both Gage and Brendan are tremendously skilled, practice hard, are great skaters and each should have a great season with their teams. They are each performing at a high level,” Rob said.

Coach Rob is a seven-time Vegas Hockey Coach of the Year starting with AAA and AA level teams with hometown skaters, then with the UNLV Rebels for three seasons and then two seasons as an assistant coach with ECHL Las Vegas Wranglers who played their home games at The Orleans Arena on Tropicana Avenue.

Rob was named the Austria Hockey League Coach of the Year last winter when HC TWK Innsbruck qualified for the playoffs before large hometown crowds at the HC – La Chaux-de-Fonds – TWK Arena.

In mid-August Rob and his Innsbruck team will shake out their club in five pre-season games against Swiss A, Garmisch Del 2, Schwenningen Del and Straubing Del in a two game series.

Then on September 9 comes the season-opening game on home ice vs Bolzano of Italy.

From the Blue Line – Hockey writers during the summer met coach Rob for coffee over at Starbucks on Village Center Circle in Las Vegas each Friday. There was a lot of hockey talk and coach Rob for one of the writers blue-penciled some interesting attack formations which have been successful for a number of his teams….