RALSTON, NE - The Omaha Lancers announced today the hiring of Colten St. Clair as Assistant Coach.
“I am grateful and beyond excited to join this elite organization in Omaha,” St. Clair said. “I’ve played in this league and know what it takes to be successful, and now to be coaching in it is truly an honor. I can’t wait to learn from some of the best coaches I know in David Wilkie and David Nies.”
The Gilbert, AZ native moved to Fargo at the age of 15 to play for the Fargo Force (USHL). During his three years in Fargo, the Force appeared in two Clark Cup finals. St. Clair also served as a captain during his final year with the team. In addition to his time in the USHL, St. Clair was selected to wear the “C” for Team USA in the 2009 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. Also, In 2010 and 2011 St. Clair was a member of Team USA at the World Junior A Challenge winning back to back gold medals and was Captain of the 2011 team.
Following his time in the USHL, St. Clair played his college career at the University of North Dakota and served as a captain on the 2016 National Championship team. He was a four-year letter winner and appeared in three Frozen Fours during those four years with UND.
St. Clair graduated in 2016 from UND and shifted his focus from playing to coaching. He served as an assistant coach and skills instructor with the Phoenix Knights Junior A program for the 2016-17 season before being promoted and taking over as the Head Coach and General Manager for the 2017-18 season. With St. Clair at the helm for the Knights, the team went from 5 wins in 2016-17 to 28 wins in 2018-2019 and earned the 25-year-old the Coach of the Year honor for the WSHL. In doing so, He became the youngest coach in league history to win that honor.
In 2018-2019, St Clair served as the Volunteer Assistant Coach at the University of Maine (Hockey East).
“We are very happy to be able to add Colten to our staff,” General Manager and Head Coach David Wilkie said. “He is a bright young hockey mind with a tireless work habit and a deep commitment to learning the coaching craft. He will do great”
“I look forward to seeing what we can accomplish with this great group of young men,” St. Clair added.
St. Clair and the Lancers will kick off the 2019 preseason on Tuesday, September 10th vs the Topeka Pilots (NAHL). Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 pm at Ralston Arena Auxiliary Ice Rink.