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This profile was last updated on 8/25/14  and contains information from public web pages.

Employment History

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


  • degree , Communications
    Michigan State University
  • F.A.A. teaching degree
  • college degree
    Michigan State University
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Welcome to Northern Lights Hockey!, 25 Aug 2014 [cached]
NL Head Coach Craig Shepherd manned the bench of the winning team that included players from the Northern Lights, Rochester Ice Hawks, Edina Lakers and Steele County Blades.
Head 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!, 13 June 2014 [cached]
Craig Shepherd Head Coach:
Assistant Coach:
programdirectorcraigshepherd, 1 Aug 2014 [cached]
                                  - Craig Shepherd
Applied Hockey Sciences program director is Craig Shepherd. Craig is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist the National Strength and Conditioning Association N.S.C.A.and is a Level 4 certified coach by USA Hockey, Craig has been coaching for 19 years and has coached at the high school, Jr. and professional levels of hockey. His knowledge of Russian training programs, periodization principals and team tactics is highly repsected. In addition to coaching Craig has also 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: 
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 while playing under Ron Mason at Michigan State University and being a 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 under Brad Beutow 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. In high school Craig played under Willard Ikola 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.
In 2004-5 Craig served as head coach of the Slovakian pairs team of Olga and Joseph Bestandig and as the Slovakian Figure Skating Federations head pairs coach.
In addition to hockey and figure skating Craig also competed at both the U.S. Nationals and the North American speed skating championships in the 500 and 1000 meter events.  This high level combination of the three disciplines of the ice has also made Craig a highly respected power skating coach. Craig feels very fortunate to have been exposed to great coaching throughout his entire career.  His past coaches pedigree in both hockey and figure skating reads like a who's who of coaching with hockey coaches like Bob Johnson, Ron Mason, Vladimeer Goloboich, Willard Ikola, Bob O'Connor, Brad Buetow, Grant Stanbrook, George Gwozdecky, Edo Novak, and VitalyErfilov; figure skating coaches like Igor Moskvine, Tatiana Tarasova, Pieter Kollen, Sarah Kawahara and Ushi Kessler; and conditioning coaches like Jack Blatherwick, Charles Poloquin, Jack Brailey, Kim Goss and Randy Klevin.
In addition to 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
  Team South Head Coach Craig Shepherd (Far Left) MNJHL All Star Team Group Photo
Craig Shepherd
MnJHL Team Directory | Minnesota Junior Hockey League, 4 April 2014 [cached]
Head Coach: Craig Shepherd
Welcome to Northern Lights Hockey!, 13 Oct 2013 [cached]
Contact our office 952-888-4311 or email staff at (Head Coach Craig Shepherd: mobile phone 719-648-0315).
Craig Shepherd Phone: 719-648-0315
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