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Watch: NAHL Now sits down with Stewart, Madsen

April 13, 2017

Fairbanks Ice Dogs head coach Trevor Stewart (top) and Minnesota Wilderness head coach Tim Madsen (bottom).

It is time for another edition of NAHL Now. NAHL Now is a continuing video series that is new this season that goes inside the NAHL. 
 
We try and tackle some serious topics and also some not so serious topics.
 
This week, we feature one of the key components that makes the NAHL what it is, the coaches.
 
During the 2017 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament, all 24 of the league’s head coaches were in town for annual meetings, as well as, to attend the event.
 
The two coaches featured this week are Fairbanks Ice Dogs head coach Trevor Stewart and Minnesota Wilderness head coach Tim Madsen, who are also both natives of Elk River, Minnesota.
 
Watch: Trevor Stewart Interview
 
“The process of us indentifying players, including tryouts, is very important. Everyone is getting better in our league and always gunning for you. Any time you can win a championship, seeing the elation on your player's faces makes it all worth while.” –Trevor Stewart
 
Watch: Tim Madsen Interview
 
“The commitment by the league is one of the main reasons that we have seen a rise in NCAA commitments. Our relationship with NCAA coaches is so important. Being at that level helped me prepare to be a head coach in this league. We have one of the best league's in North America.” –Tim Madsen
 
Trevor Stewart has been the Ice Dogs Head Coach since the 2011-12 season.  He has been a very successful coach for the Ice Dogs, including a 2014 and 2016 Robertson Cup Championships. Stewart came to Fairbanks after spending time as an assistant coach for the St. Louis Bandits in the NAHL. During his season in St. Louis, the Bandits won the regular season North Division title and compiled the second best record in the league. Prior to St. Louis, he spent two seasons as the Head Coach of the Missoula Maulers Tier III Junior A hockey team out of Missoula, Montana and the Northern Pacific Hockey League. Over the two years, the Missoula Maulers went 61-35 and qualified for the Cascade Cup Playoffs both seasons. During this time, ten Missoula players were recognized with all-league honors. Stewart was also selected as the head coach of the Northern Pacific Hockey League all-star team.
 
In 2016-17, Tim Madsen joined the Wilderness as the 2nd Head Coach in franchise history. Tim comes to the Wilderness after spending the last 7 seasons at Division I Niagara University, five of those seasons as Assistant Coach and the last two as Associate Head Coach. While at Niagara, Madsen also oversaw all recruiting efforts.  Niagara won the 2013 Atlantic Hockey Regular Season Championship, and received the league’s first ever at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. Niagara went on to lose 2-1 to the University of North Dakota. Prior to Niagara, Madsen was the Assistant Coach & Recruiting Coordinator for the St. Louis Bandits in the NAHL. The Bandits went on to post a 42-9-7 record, the division championship, best record in the league, and the Robertson Cup National Championship. Sixteen players from the Bandits ended up playing Division I College Hockey, and three have since played in the NHL. As a player and captain at Niagara, Madsen was a part of two regular season championships, and one playoff championship. Prior to playing for Niagara, Madsen played for the Waterloo Blackhawks in the USHL and was a part of the Waterloo Blackhawks first ever USHL Tier I National Championship. A Native of Elk River, Minnesota – Madsen grew up playing for Elk River High School. Before leaving for the USHL his Senior Year of high school, Madsen was a part of two State Tournament teams, including the 2001 Minnesota State Championship team.
 
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