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Adam Nightingale discusses being named Michigan State's hockey coach, working with NTDP, Shattuck-St. Mary's

The 42-year-old also talks about growing up in northern Michigan, his two brothers who work in pro hockey, things he is looking for in hiring a staff and more with The Rink Live's Jess Myers and Mick Hatten

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Adam Nightingale

Adam Nightingale has seen hockey from a variety of angles. He grew up in Cheboygan, Mich., playing in a small town. He played college hockey for Lake Superior State and Michigan State. He has coached midget and bantam hockey for Shattuck-St. Mary's. He's also been the director of hockey operations at Michigan State, a video coach for the Buffalo Sabres and Detroit Red Wings, an assistant coach for the Red Wings and has spent the last two seasons as a head coach for the USA Hockey Team Development Program. On May 3, he was named the eighth head coach at Michigan State. He discusses his career with The Rink Live's Jess Myers and Mick Hatten.


0:00 Open/The renovation of Munn Ice Arena

2:15 Getting asked to apply for the Michigan State head coaching job

4:00 Helping the USTDP reach the gold medal game of the Under-18 World Championships, working for the program for two seasons


9:30 Submitted question: How will Michigan State stand out among the seven NCAA Division I men's hockey programs under you?

11:50 What he is looking for in the staff that he is putting together

13:20 Growing up in Cheboygan, how he got involved in hockey in a town of 4,700, with parents who didn't play hockey, how he and his brothers are still working in hockey

18:40 What it was like playing for and working for Rick Comley as a director of hockey operations

22:30 Spending two stints at Shattuck-St. Mary's after working in construction for one year

27:50 Being a video coach and assistant coach for the Detroit Red Wings

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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