I have known Jared as a player, student and instructor. In all three of these areas he has and is a consistent performing professional person. What separates Jared are his elite people skills and his passion for the game of hockey.
— Tom Newton: Former Michigan State Assistant Coach
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Jared Nightingale- Cheboygan, Michigan
Michigan State University 2002-06
Pro Hockey Player (13 seasons)

TEAM USA Under 17 Assistant Coach

Our head instructor brings a wealth of experience, knowledge, and passion for the game of hockey. Growing up in Cheboygan, Michigan, Jared first fell in love with the game by playing in the cities outdoor rink. He began playing house league hockey all the way until the age of 15, when he left home and went on to Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, with hopes to improve his game and someday play college hockey. That dream became a reality when he laced up the skates for Michigan State University, from 2002-2006.

During his time at MSU Jared was the alternate captain for three seasons, made the NCAA tournament twice and won a CCHA playoff title in 2006. Since then, Jared has played 12 years professionally, with nearly 500 games played in the American Hockey League and 700 overall. He built his career off his physicality on the ice. A stay at home defenseman, Jared has amassed over 1,500 penalty minutes and 140 fighting majors. To go along with that he has brought leadership to the teams he’s played for. In his 12 seasons, Jared has either been a Captain or Assistant Captain for 8 of those years. In 2017, Nightingale retired from the game and was hired as an Assistant Coach for the Omaha Lancers of the USHL. In his second year behind the bench, Nightingale is now working with Team USA Under 17s as an Assistant Coach.

“ I look forward to helping our campers learn and develop the tools needed to get their game to the next level. Great Lakes Hockey will offer first hand how to prepare on and off the ice.”

I had the pleasure of coaching Scooter for four years while at Michigan. During that time, I watched him grow into a talented and professional young man with a passion for hockey working with young people
— Bill Powers: University of Michigan Assistant Coach

Scooter Vaughan- Placentia, California
University of Michigan 2007-11
Current Pro Hockey Player (7 seasons)

Growing up in the warmth of Southern California, GLH instructor, Scooter Vaughan, is no stranger to putting in the work in the cold. Playing for stickhanding camp guru, Jeff Turcotte and the California Wave, Scooter refined his skills which lead to him earning a spot with Jon Cooper(Tampa Bay Lightning Head Coach) and the St. Louis Bandits, where he played his Jr. career. 

During his Jr. playing career, Scooter racked up the accolades. Named to the all rookie team, all NAHL second team, and capping it off with a National Championship in 2007. His play then earned him a scholarship to the University of Michigan. In his four years at Michigan, the Wolverines went on to win two CCHA Regular Season and Playoff titles, along with a pair of Frozen Four appearances. Vaughan also excelled in the classroom being named all academic/ athletic honors twice.

Now is his 7th season as a professional. Vaughan has spent the last 4 seasons in the American Hockey League with the New York Islanders and St. Louis Blues organizations. This past year he completed he third straight season with the Chicago Wolves AHL.


Mike is the ultimate team player. One of the most unselfish I have ever coached. He’s a winner
— Derek LaLonde: Iowa Wild AHL Head Coach
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Michael Leone- Dearborn, Michigan
Western Michigan University 2010-13
Current Pro Hockey Player (5 seasons)

Assistant Coach of the Quad City Mallards ECHL

We are very fortunate to have someone with Mikes credentials join the GLH staff. Growing up in Detroit, Mike has had quite the journey throughout his career. Winning seems to follow Leone with multiple championships including at the Junior level and a CCHA title with the Broncos at Western Michigan in 2012. This past season, Leone retired from the game as a player and was hired to help coach the Quad City Mallards of the ECHL.

Having played for some of the top coaches in the world including a year with Jeff Blashill (Detroit Red Wings Head Coach) and three years with Jon Cooper (Tampa Bay Lightning Head Coach), Mike has learned from some of the best on what it takes to be a winner and better teammate. He looks forward to sharing this knowledge with the GLH campers.

"Mike is the ultimate team guy. There is no secret with his resume that he is a winner. I can't wait for the kids to learn firsthand from him that being a great hockey player begins off the ice... with your character"