NMU Hockey welcomes Peruzzi to staff

New Assistant Coach named
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Updated: Jun. 11, 2021 at 9:23 PM EDT
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MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - The Northern Michigan University hockey program and head coach Grant Potulny are pleased to announce Nick Peruzzi as the newest addition to the coaching staff. Peruzzi will serve as assistant coach alongside Potulny and associate head coach Byron Pool.

“We are very excited to add Nick to our coaching staff,” Potulny said on the hiring. “Throughout the interview process Nick displayed his knowledge and passion for the game. His energy, preparation and work ethic stood out when he was on campus.

“Nick is a Michigan native that comes from a family of coaches that is well schooled in the rich history of NMU Hockey. His ties to the area should serve us well in the recruitment of future Wildcats from our home state.”

Peruzzi joins the Wildcat team in 2021-22 looking to build upon their recent successes, including a berth in the 2021 WCHA Championship game last season.

“I am very excited to join the Northern Michigan University family and Wildcats’ staff, and thank Grant Potulny, Byron Pool, and the rest of the hockey staff for providing me this opportunity,” Peruzzi said. “I want to make a positive contribution to the program by making our players better, and I’m proud to be part of a college hockey program with a longstanding history of success, player development, and tradition. I hope to use my past coaching experience in the USHL, NAHL, and AAA to build upon the great program already established by Grant, Byron, and the rest of the Northern Michigan hockey staff & University.”

A graduate of Walsh College, he spent the last year and a half serving as the associate head coach of the Lincoln Stars in the United States Hockey League (USHL). There, he worked extensively with the forwards, power play units, as well as assisting in the recruiting process.

Prior to his time in Lincoln, Peruzzi was an assistant coach and Director of Scouting for the Youngstown Phantoms (USHL) from 2017-2020 where he worked closely with athletes to improve the power play system, which continuously averaged among the top in the USHL during his time there.

Peruzzi also had stints coaching with the Aston Rebels (NAHL- currently Jamestown), the Oakland Jr. Grizzlies U16/18 AAA teams, and was a Scout for the Fargo Force prior to his arrival at NMU.

On top of his experience at the junior hockey level, Peruzzi has been a skills and development coach for TPH & Pro Impact, based out of Detroit, since 2016. There he has trained numerous AAA, Tier I and II juniors, NCAA and professional athletes during the off-season, focusing especially on individual skill and in-game transfer development.

“During the interview process, I was really impressed with the vision Grant has established for the NMU hockey program. It supports the University’s mission & vision demonstrated by the innovation, investments and renovations happening around campus and, in particular, within the hockey program.  It will provide big advantages for our current and future student-athletes. In addition, the Marquette community is the greatest--not many places compare in terms of the quality of people, support, way of life, and the breathtaking scenery. I am very grateful to be a part of it.”

NMU hockey opens their 2021-22 season with a home series against St. Thomas University, October 8-9.

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