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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.
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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)

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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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