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.”