Former Merrimack College defenseman Brock Wilson has been named an assistant coach with the Brookings Blizzard of the NAHL.
Since retiring as a player, Wilson has been coaching the St. Louis AAA Blues U16 team. While in St. Louis, Wilson coached five NHL first-round draft picks, including 2016 picks Luke Kunin (Minnesota Wild) and the Calgary Flame’s Matthew Tkachuk. Wilson also is a strength and conditioning coach with NHL clients in St. Louis including Vladimir Teresenko, and Pat Maroon.
“I’m thankful to Moe Mantha and Chris Canavati for giving me this opportunity to coach,” Wilson said in a press release. “In talking with those two I felt that this will be a great fit for me, and I can’t wait to get started. I’m going to use everything I’ve learned throughout my playing and professional career to help our players both on and off the ice.”
Wilson retired as a full-time pro player in 2012, but did make appearances in 2013 and 2014 in the CHL. Wilson appeared in 53 games for the Warriors in two seasons (2005-07) before signing a professional contract with the Stockton Thunder (ECHL). For the past two seasons, Wilson has been a scout for the Kingston Frontenacs of the OHL.
“I’m very excited to bring Brock on board,” said Brookings head coach Moe Mantha. “He has hockey in his bloodline with his father playing professional hockey for 12 years including five in the NHL. Brock’s impressive resume, and great attitude towards community involvement shows that he is the perfect fit for Brookings.”--
Mike McMahon has covered Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune since 2006 and he also has been a senior writer at College Hockey News since 2005.
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