Coach Dochniak grew up on the East Side of St. Paul with 4 brothers, all of whom played hockey in some capacity. When they were younger they would hike to the local park where they would meet other kids from the area to play pick up games of hockey. Shortly thereafter, Doc started playing Youth Hockey for Harding Area to then go on and captain the Harding High School team; this is Minnesota Hockey in its truest form. Coach Dochniak met his wife Lisa during their freshman year at Harding. Upon Graduation, they both went on to pursue degrees in education from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls where he played hockey for the falcons and studied Physical Education. Years later, Coach Doc and his wife went on to St. Mary’s University to acquire their Master’s Degree in Education, completing every minute of their education together.
Since then, Doc has spent much of his free time giving back to the game by coaching. His first experience with coaching was at Harding High School, his former team, from 1992 – 2004. While teaching at Mounds Park Elementary, he would rush to the rink after the bell to get to practice. Eventually, he would land a job as a Physical Education Instructor at Harding and begin to coach multiple ports, including baseball and football. Fast-forward to 2003, Doc was called upon to coach the Minnesota Blades, a team that has a plethora of high-profile alumni. Through the Blades, Doc was able to travel all over the United States and Canada to help young athletes pursue their dreams to play college hockey and beyond, developing many relationships along the way. He was also a leader in developing the Girls program though the Minnesota Blades, which has become a very successful program in getting female athletes to many Division 1 and Division 3 colleges throughout the country. Coach Dochniak spent summers running Hockey Schools in and was also fortunate enough to spend 2 years coaching the Mens program at Hamline University and has recently earned his Level 5 coaching certificate through USA Hockey.
Coach Doc may be an educator by profession, however, he is a textbook Jack of all trades. In his free time, he does painting and renovating for his friends and family. After he graduated high school, he spent some time up north building a cabin in the woods and is currently working on building a house boat for his family to enjoy on the St. Croix river. Next on the list is the 1969 Camaro sitting on blocks, taking up the spot for his truck in the garage. He currently resides in Marine on St. Croix with his wife Lisa, who and two kids, Blake and Brinna