Bruins rebuilding a championship-caliber team

Posted at: 07/23/2014 5:42 PM
Updated at: 07/23/2014 6:50 PM

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- "I still can't get to the point where it was great that we were (in the Robertson Cup Finals). Okay, it was great that we were there, but I'm still salty because of the result," Austin Bruins coach Chris Tok said. "I don't know if I'll ever get over it, because when you're there, you want to win. And we lost."

You can tell the sting hasn't left the soul of Tok, and things won't get any easier next season.

"We've got five guys back," Tok said. "Other than that, it's a bunch of new guys."

Gone - Jay Dickman's team-leading 28 goals.

Gone - Guillaume LeClerc's physical play in front of the net.

Gone - Nick Lehr's .932 save percentage.

"We've been hitting the phone lines, tryout camps, USHL tryouts, just trying to find players right now," Tok said.

Forwards Luke Dietsch, Brian Bachnak, and Alex Pettersson, along with defensemen Cory Dunn and Jake Arroyo are the only five players returning.

"Those guys are hungry," Tok said. "As soon as we lost last year, they said, 'We're going to get it next year. We're going to get it.' So they're talking about it."

Those five vets will have to mentor a young roster.

Tok says the Bruins could have six, possibly seven kids in high school.

"We're just going to have to do a lot of teaching," Tok said. "Have some patience early, and as long as (the kids) show a willingness to grow and get better, and we're better in March than we are in September, then we'll have fun."