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Nick Oliver talks about his job with the Fargo Force, scouts incoming SCSU players, coaches he's played for

The 31-year-old Roseau High School graduate discusses the tough decision to leave the Huskies for the USHL. He also talks about the newcomers for SCSU in the fall and does a rapid fire on coaches he's played for, worked with.

Nick Oliver, SCSU assistant hockey coach, talks about his new role as the new head coach for the Fargo Force on Monday, May 2, 2022, at the Scheels Arena in Fargo.
Alyssa Goelzer/The Forum

Nick Oliver was introduced as the new head junior hockey coach of the Fargo Force of the United States Hockey League on May 2. Oliver has spent the last four seasons as an assistant coach for the St. Cloud State men's team after three seasons as an assistant coach and director of scouting with the USHL's Sioux Falls Stampede. Oliver talks about his new job, leaving his old job, gives a scouting report on the 10 new players for the Huskies this fall and then discusses the last seven head coaches he has played for or worked with. All of this and more on this episode of the Huskies Hockey Insider Podcast with The Rink Live's Mick Hatten.


0:00 His new job with the Fargo Force, how it came about

2:50 Key things that went into the decision to leave SCSU, Brett Larson's support and advice

5:00 Other opportunities to leave, why Fargo, chance to work with Cary Eades


8:25 Being in the war room for the USHL Draft, having some input

Incoming transfers for SCSU:
10:10 Defenseman Dylan Anhorn (Union)
12:30 Forward Grant Cruikshank (Minnesota)
15:45 Goalie Dominic Basse (Colorado College)

Incoming freshmen for SCSU:
17:30 Forward Grant Ahcan (Cedar Rapids, USHL)
19:00 Forward Ethan AuCoin (Lloydminster Bobcats, AJHL)
20:45 Forward Adam Ingram (Youngstown Phantoms, USHL)
22:40 Defenseman Mason Reiners (Waterloo Black Hawks, USHL)
25:00 Forward Jack Rogers (Steinbach Pistons, MJHL)
26:45 Defenseman Cooper Wylie (Waterloo Black Hawks, USHL)
28:00 Goalie James Gray (North York Rangers, OJHL)

Coaches Oliver has played for:
29:20 Scott Oliver (Roseau Rams)
30:30 Dean Blais (Fargo Force)
31:30 Steve Johnson (Fargo Force)
32:30 Jason Herter (Fargo Force)
33:30 Bob Motzko (SCSU)

Coaches he's worked for:
35:00 Scott Owens (Sioux Falls Stampede, USHL)
37:00 Brett Larson (SCSU)

On this episode of The Rink Live podcast, reporters Matt Wellens, Brad Schlossman, Joe Paisley, Jess Myers and Mick Hatten discuss the 2022-23 NCHC season and discuss things to watch for.
The Huskies will utitize several metrics, including keeping track of goalie records in small area games.
Huskies have nine defensemen that they like, which means that two will likely be sitting each game.
A conversation with Huskies associate head coach Jinelle Siergiej, who is beginning her ninth season with the team.
Huskies will have intrasquad scrimmage at 7:30 p.m. Sunday that is free, open to the public. Jami Krannila named to preseason All-NCHC team
Spencer Meier is a guest on the Huskies Hockey Insider podcast with The Rink Live's Mick Hatten. He also talks about running his first hockey camp, the NCHC title race and what it's like not having David Hrenak around anymore.
Brian Idalski is making some adjustments as he gets back to college hockey after coaching the 2022 Chinese Olympic team and 3 seasons coaching a pro team in China.
Defending regular-season champion Minnesota picked to finish ahead of defending national champion Ohio State. Not surprisingly, Taylor Heise is the Preseason Player of the Year in the poll of conference coaches
The Grand Rapids (Minn.) native also discusses fishing, what he learned from last season, what it was like to play for Grant Clafton and how the 10 new players on the Huskies roster are looking on the Huskies Hockey Insider podcast with The Rink Live's Mick Hatten. Plus a guest appearance by a teammate.
Of the 158 regular season games, at least 134 will be available through streaming on B1G +
Rud was named the Sioux Falls Stampede head coach on Aug. 18. He joins the Huskies Hockey Insider podcast to talk about the decision to leave Miami, coaching his son Max, the differences between coaching junior and college hockey, discusses some SCSU memories and more on the Huskies Hockey Insider podcast with The Rink Live's Mick Hatten.
Megan Van Beusekom-Sweerin joins the staff for new head coach Brian Idalski

Mick Hatten is a reporter and editor for Forum News Service and helps manage TheRinkLive.com, 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. mhatten@forumcomm.com
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