Neil Koepke previews this weekend's two-game set between MSU and Ferris State.
Phil Osaer joined the Spartan hockey staff as director of operations and video coordinator on June 23, 2014. Osaer's duties include providing extensive video breakdown and scouting of both MSU and opponent video.
Osaer came to MSU from the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders of the United States Hockey League where he served as assistant coach and goaltending coach last season. While with the RoughRiders, he also had heavy involvement in video coordination, scouting and the design and implementation of various team strategies.
Osaer, who hails from Livonia, worked for nine years as the goaltending director and instructor at Suburban Hockey School prior to his time with the RoughRiders.
Since 2004, Osaer has been a part of USA Hockey's elite player development staff, evaluating and selecting players for the organization's national select festivals and also coaching various goaltending camps.
Osaer played his college hockey at Ferris State from 1998-2001. He was named the Bulldogs' Team MVP and voted to the All-CCHA second team in 2001. A seventh-round NHL draft pick of the St. Louis Blues in 1999, Osaer went on to play 12 seasons of professional hockey. He earned call-ups with both the New York Rangers (2003) and Florida Panthers (2005) and later played in Europe. In 2011, he was the starting goaltender for the Norwegian Champion Sparta Warriors.
Osaer earned his degree in business administration from Ferris State in 2012. He and his wife Samantha currently reside in Plymouth.