What does a hockey advisor do?

Former junior and college hockey coach Lincoln Nguyen discusses how difficult it has been for players to navigate the recent changes in college, junior hockey. Nguyen is the co-owner of Hawkeye

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With the pandemic slowing and stopping some junior hockey and having an effect on college hockey and with the rule changes for college transfers, navigating the upper levels of amateur hockey have become more difficult. For a consulting and training company like Hawkeye Hockey Services, it has meant more clients seeking help.


Lincoln Nguyen is a senior consultant and co-owner of Hawkeye Hockey Services, which is based in the Twin Cities. Nguyen is a former college and junior hockey coach and he discusses the changing landscape of the upper levels of amateur hockey with The Rink Live's Jess Myers and Mick Hatten.


1:00 What Hawkeye Hockey Services is all about

2:05 The process of how the company gets to work with players in Minnesota and outside of the state, helping them throughout their amateur careers


4:30 The company started with training players, developed into helping players make contacts in juniors, college hockey

7:10 Where the agency is based and the staff and where they are located

8:15 His background in hockey, playing in Owatonna and then at St. Mary's, criss-crossing the country in coaching

11:50 The tough road for goalies finding teams and how he helps them and being a former goalie

16:00 The process of finding the right league, team that fits a player's development

19:40 His thoughts on players committing at a young age, trying to help players see the long-term goals through changes, aging

23:30 Having the tough conversations with players, families

27:30 NCAA transfer portal, extra season due to COVID, hockey being shut down in Canada ... how the landscape has changed in recent years


30:30 Working with former St. Louis Park, Gophers forward Jonny Sorenson, who will play for Alaska this fall

33:00 Where people can find more information

Mick Hatten is a reporter and editor for Forum News Service and helps manage, a website dedicated to hockey. He began working for Forum Communications in November 2018 and has covered St. Cloud State University hockey since 2010. A graduate of St. Cloud State, he has more than 30 years of experience as a journalist and has been a youth hockey coach since 2014.
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