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Employment History

Head Coach, Assistant Coach
Northern Lights Hockey

Program Director

Section 2A/AA Ted Brill Great 8 Champions Co

Head Coach
Twin Cities Northern Lights Jr.

Head Coach of Team Minnesota
NAHL/NAPHL Showcases


Volunteer and Motivational Speaker
United Way


Michigan State University

F.A.A. teaching degree

college degree

Michigan State University

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                                  - Craig Shepherd

Applied Hockey Sciences program director is Craig Shepherd. Craig is a Level 4 certified coach by USA Hockey and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist C.S.C.S.by the National Strength and Conditioning Association N.S.C.A. Craig has been coaching for 21 years and has coached at the high school, Jr. and professional levels of hockey. Craig's knowledge of Russian hockey specific training programs, periodization principals and Russian team systems; has enabled him to help many of the individual players and teams he has worked with over the last 21 years as a head coach, assistant coach and conditioning coach.  As a hockey player Craig holds the distinct honor of being the first ever non-Russian player to play for Dynamo Moscow in the former Soviet Elite League (now known as the KHL) as a free agent. Previous to Dynamo Moscow, Craig played professionally in Germany and in North America attending three N.H.L.training camps; two with the Pittsburgh Penguins, and one with the Calgary Flames. Craig also spent time playing professionally in the I.H.L., E.C.H.L., C.H.L., and Colonial Hockey Leagues. 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. for the Minneapolis Jr. Stars. In high school Craig played under Willard Ikola and Bob O'Connor in Edina, Minnesota where he was a member of the 1984 Minnesota State High School Championship team. Craig feels very fortunate to have been exposed to great coaching throughout his entire career. Craig states: "It is truly amazing when I think about the past coaches I worked with and played for. hey all had a different way of teaching but they all demanded hard work and discipline; I am grateful to all of my past coaches for being as dedicated as they were. hey all had a major impact on my career and on my life as a person, and I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to be able to pass their knowledge on to the players of today." In addition to coaching Craig has also served as a volunteer and motivational speaker for organizations such as the United Way, Feed My Starving Children, The Special Olympics, Big Brothers, and USA Hockey/Minnesota Hockey. "BUILDING BETTER HOCKEY PLAYERS THROUGH SCIENCE" APPLIED HOCKEY SCIENCES
Craig Shepherd and Dynamo Coach
Team South Head Coach Craig Shepherd (Far Left) http://www.mnjhl.com/news_article/show/324772?referrer_id=110239 MNJHL Article
Craig Shepherd With  Dynamo Captain
Head Coach Craig Shepherd
2015 Section 2A/AA Ted Brill Great 8 Champions Co Coach Craig Shepherd

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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.

MnJHL Team Directory | Minnesota Junior Hockey League

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Head Coach: Craig Shepherd

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Contact our office 952-888-4311 or email staff at northernlightshockey@juno.com (Head Coach Craig Shepherd: mobile phone 719-648-0315).

Craig Shepherd Phone: 719-648-0315

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