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Head Coach

Phone: (719) ***-****  HQ Phone
Local Address: Colorado, United States
Northern Lights Hockey
8109 Bryant Avenue South
Bloomington, Minnesota 55420
United States


Employment History

  • Head Coach
    Twin Cities Northern Lights Jr.
  • Assistant Coach
  • Program Director
  • Head Coach of Team Minnesota
    NAHL/NAPHL Showcases
  • Head Coach
    Team Minnesota


  • degree , Communications
    Michigan State University
  • F.A.A. teaching degree
  • college degree
    Michigan State University
  • college degree
    Michigan State University
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Craig Shepherd Northern Lights - Staff Profile
programdirectorcraigshepherd, 29 Nov 2013 [cached]
- Craig Shepherd Applied Hockey Sciences
Applied Hockey Sciences program director is Craig Shepherd. Craig has been coaching for 18 years and has coached at the high school, Jr. and professional levels of hockey. He is the head coach of the Twin Cities Northern Lights Jr. "A" hockey team located in Bloomington, Minnesota, and for the last two years he served as the head coach of Team Minnesota at the NAHL Showcase held in Blaine, Minnesota. Craig's knowledge of Russian team systems, training methods, and implementation of hockey specific periodization programs is highly respected. Craig is a Level 4 certified coach by USA Hockey, and has also served as a head coach, and conducted motivational speaking seminars at the USA Hockey/Reebok Select 15's and 16's Advanced Hockey Festivals. Craig also has served as a motivational speaker for organizations such as the United Way, Special Olympics, and Big Brothers, always bringing his "Rome was not built in a day because I was not ruling when it was built" attitude to all that he speaks to and coaches. As a hockey player Craig holds the distinct honor of being the first ever non-Russian player to ever play for Dynamo Moscow in the former Soviet Elite League (now known as the KHL) as a free agent. There were no N.H.L. trade agreements, no special deals. Just a plane ticket, and as Craig explains it:
Craig had a goal. He wanted to prove that a North American hockey player could train like a Russian, and get the same results if he was willing to put in the same amount of effort. He sought the advice of experts like Jack Blatherwick and Randy Klevin who had studied the Russian system and were willing to use their knowledge to train him. For six months prior to leaving for Russia, Craig trained six days a week, six hours a day, to prepare for the rigors of the legendary Dynamo Moscow training camp. Previous to Dynamo Moscow, Craig played professionally in Germany and in North America. He attended three N.H.L. training camps; two with the Pittsburgh Penguins, and one with the Calgary Flames. All three of those years the teams Craig tried out for were the defending Stanly Cup Champions. As a college player Craig received his degree in Communications from Michigan State University while being part of a team that won two C.C.H.A. league championships, and made four N.C.A.A. tournament apperances, and two N.C.A.A. Frozen Four appearances. Previous to Michigan State, Craig played one season at U.S. International University where he helped the Gulls win the Great Western Hockey League Championship and was selected as an alternate captain as a freshman. Previous to his college and professional playing days Craig played one season in the U.S.H.L. Jr. hockey league for the Minneapolis Jr. Stars. Craig played high school hockey in Edina, Minnesota where he was a member of the 1984 Minnesota State High School Championship team. In addition to playing professional ice hockey, Craig made history when he became the first and only person in the world to have competed in professional ice hockey, and in professional figure skating, when he competed at the U.S. Professional Pairs Figure Skating Championships on national television.
Craig feels very fortunate to have been exposed to great coaching throughout his entire career.
In addition to coaching hockey players, in 2004-5 Craig also served as the Slovakian Figure Skating Federations head pairs coach and the head coach of the Slovakian national pairs team of Olga and Joseph Bestandig.
Away from coaching, Craig is a commercial and instrument rated helicopter pilot. He currently holds an F.A.A. teaching degree as a Certified Flight Instructor for helicopters. "BUILDING BETTER HOCKEY PLAYERS THROUGH SCIENCE" APPLIED HOCKEY SCIENCES
1994 Craig Shepherd
Craig Shepherd Coaching
Welcome to Northern Lights Hockey!, 15 Sept 2013 [cached]
Assistant Coach Craig Shepherd, another Minnesotan, brings decades of expertise in systems coaching, power skating and off ice development. After being a Minnesota Hockey State Champion (Edina 1984), and spending time in the USHL, he played at Michigan State (NCAA Final Four 1987, 1989) where he received his Bachelors degree in Communications. He went on to play professionally for Dynamo Moscow and EVD in Duisburg Germany. He transitioned into competing in pairs figure skating which led to a coaching career in professional skating before becoming assistant coach with the Dynamo professional hockey team. He has been mentored under the "who's who" list in hockey like Jack Blatherwick, Bob Johnson, Lou Vario, Art Bergland and several Russian and Slovakian top hockey names. Most recently he has been the program director for DART (Dynamo Authentic Russian Training) and is a strong complement to Younghans style and skill set. He too is excited about the Russia trip and will be a great resource for setting up the exhibition games surrounding the olympic torch route.
Welcome to Northern Lights Hockey!, 18 Oct 2013 [cached]
Craig Shepherd Head Coach:
Welcome to Northern Lights Hockey!, 18 Oct 2013 [cached]
Head Coach: Craig Shepherd
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