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Bison announce affiliation with N.Y. Rangers, name Barski as head coach

Thursday, May 30th
Bloomington Bison logo flanked by logos of the New York Rangers and Hartford Wolf Pack

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – The Bloomington Bison announced the team has entered into an affiliation with the National Hockey League's New York Rangers. In addition, the team introduced Phillip Barski as the Bison’s Head Coach and General Manager.

The partnership with the Rangers signifies an incredible beginning for the Bison. As a community passionate about hockey, aligning with a franchise with such a rich history and commitment to excellence is an extraordinary opportunity for our team, players, and fans. The Rangers’ dedication to player development and their tradition of success will no doubt enrich our organization.

With 15 years of coaching experience across various levels, including the Ontraio Hockey League, Usports, ECHL and professional leagues in Europe, Barski brings a wealth of knowledge and a proven track record for success.

"I am honored and excited to be named head coach and general manager of the Bloomington Bison," said Barski. "Starting a new team in a city with such enthusiasm for hockey is a tremendous opportunity. I’d like to thank Jim Hallett for this incredible opportunity.  And in the short time that I have gotten to know Larry McQueary with the Bison and Ryan Martin with the Rangers and his staff I feel tremendously honored to be surrounded by such incredible people. Together, we will strive for excellence on and off the ice."

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