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By DAMIAN CRISTODERO, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published September 20, 2002

PLAYER: Brian Eklund.

POS: G. AGE: 22.

HT./WT.: 6-4; 211.

HOMETOWN: Braintree, Mass.

WHAT'S UP: Eklund said he still does not know what happened his senior season at Brown University. "It was a heated situation between myself and the coaching staff," he said. That is because Eklund was benched after a Christmas tournament in Wisconsin and, he said, never given a reason. "Maybe he felt the team wasn't going anywhere and he would go with the young guys," said Eklund, who was 3-5-0 with a 3.96 goals-against average in nine games. "I lost my confidence. But it was a good learning experience. I know how to handle myself in the locker room and how to be a team player day in and day out." It took only a few days to understand how to handle himself in training camp. "The biggest thing is how grueling it is," said Eklund, who is expected to start the season with ECHL Pensacola. "It's really going to get everybody in shape."

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