Phil Osaer Named Director of Hockey Operations
June 23, 2014
EAST LANSING - Michigan State head coach Tom Anastos announced today (June 23) the hiring of Phil Osaer as director of hockey operations. Osaer replaces Adam Nightingale, who is returning to coach at Shattuck-St. Mary's School in Faribault, Minnesota.
"Phil brings a solid hockey background and a wealth of knowledge of the game at all levels," Anastos said. "As a former All-CCHA goaltender at Ferris State, he has over 16 years of experience in college and professional hockey. Phil has built great relationships everywhere he has been and he'll have a strong impact on our program as we continue to build going forward.
"We're very excited to have Phil on board and we wish Adam Nightingale the best of luck in his new endeavor."
Osaer comes to Michigan State 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.
"I am extremely excited to be a part of the Michigan State University hockey program," Osaer said. "I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with and learn from Coach Anastos and the great and experienced staff he has assembled here at MSU."
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 and currently resides in Plymouth with his wife, Samantha.
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