The Steele County Blades hockey team has hired Nick Adamek as their new head coach for the upcoming season. Adamek will be taking over the reins of the team immediately. He comes to the Blades after a 3 year stint in Gillette, Wyoming where he was assistant coach of the Gillette Wild junior team of the America West Hockey League for the past three years. He was also the head coach at Gillette High School where he lead his team to a state championship in 2012 and return appearances to the state tournament final the past two seasons.
A native of California, Adamek is not a complete stranger to Minnesota. He was a coach with the Minnesota Mavericks Summer Hockey camps with former Express coach Pat Cullen in 2010. He spent two years at the University of Wisconsin Stout where he had both head coach and assistant coaching responsibilities with the women’s hockey program. And he also served three years as an assistant coach with the Hudson Crusaders junior team before moving to Gillette.
“I am very excited to get back to the Minnesota Junior Hockey League; a league where I started both my coaching and playing career in junior hockey. We have a great board here who has given me everything I need to make this a fun experience for all of our players and fans,” said Coach Adamek. “I fully expect to win a lot of games and promote players on to higher levels of hockey, whether that be collegiately or higher junior leagues.”
Nick and his fiancée Erin, who is a native Minnesotan hailing from White Bear Lake, are anxious to return back to Minnesota. Nick will begin working with those returning Blades players from last year’s team and also recruiting some new talent for the upcoming season.
“We look for Nick to have an immediate impact with his players and also those in the Owatonna community who have become avid supporters of junior hockey,” said Blades Vice President Pete Kalan. “We wish Nick much success in the upcoming season and look forward to having both he and Erin join our organization and community.”
A summer tryout camp will be held at the Four Seasons Centre on July 25th and 26th which will be open to the public to come and watch the future players. Training camp will be held again this year at Shattuck St. Mary’s during the final week of August before moving to the Four Seasons after Labor Day. The regular season will begin in mid-September with the Blades first home game slated early October
The Steele County Blades hockey team is a member of the Minnesota Junior Hockey League (MnJHL) playing at the USA Hockey Tier-III junior level. The Blades are entering their third season in Owatonna, while the MnJHL will celebrate its 40th anniversary when the season begins in September.