EDINA, Minn. - A familiar face is back on the bench for the Edina girl's hockey team

"If you would've told me I would be here four months after being injured I would've never believed it," says Laura Slominski.

Just as Slominski was preparing for her sixth season as head coach at Edina, she was seriously injured while playing in a hockey game herself.

She broke her neck in several places and massive surgery was needed to put metal plates in her spine.

"It could've been a lot worse," she says. "But it's good to be back."

Slominski is back with her team, now in an assistant role.

"She's such an awesome person and we're playing for her," says senior captain Emily Eide. "Going to state would mean the world to her."

Coach still has several more months of recovery ahead, but the neck brace is off and the skates are back on.

"These kids mean so much to me," she says. "It's about the hockey, but it's more about the relationships and making a difference."

Edina, ranked No. 7 in Class AA, play in their final regular season game on Saturday.

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