A revitalized program: Nightingale’s Spartans are full of promise for a bright future

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EAST LANSING It was an exciting first season back in East Lansing for Michigan State Alumnus and new men’s hockey head coach Adam Nightingale, who guided the program to its most wins in over a decade and its first Big Ten Tournament series victory. Nightingale also received nomination as one of three finalists for Big Ten Coach of the Year.

Nightingale oversaw a lot of change this season, including the rise of freshman duo Karson Dorwart and Daniel Russell.

The freshman pair and USHL teammates both secured spots in the first line and combined for 57 points in their first collegiate seasons. Both have attested their fast tracked success to the importance and ability of the new coaching staff.

The duo both have big expectations and hope for the future of the program. 

“I think we’re just kinda starting to build something here,” Dorwart said. “We’re just trying to get better every game and make it a place people want to come to in the future.”

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