MUSKEGON, Michigan (July 9th) – The Muskegon Lumberjacks have announced that they have hired former Michigan State Spartan forward and standout Trevor Nill as an assistant coach to complete the team’s coaching staff for the upcoming 2013-14 season.
Nill, the Novi, Michigan native, played for the Michigan State Spartans (CCHA) from 2008 to 2012 and accumulated 21 points (6 goals and 15 assists) in 128 games played during his four years in East Lansing.
“It’s very exciting to have my first coaching gig be with such a class organization in the Muskegon Lumberjacks. It was a no-brainer in my mind when I was approached about the job,” said Nill. “Growing up, I always wished for a USHL team in Michigan, and now that I’m getting the chance to coach in that league while in my home state, it’s an unbelievable feeling. It will also be great to work with two hockey geniuses in Mr. (John) Vanbiesbrouck and Coach (Todd) Krygier.”
As a junior, Nill was the recipient of the Mike and Marian Ilitch Humanitarian Award from the Central Collegiate Hockey Association during the 2010-11 season signifying the league’s top citizen on and off the ice. In the same season, Nill was also recognized as a Hockey Humanitarian Academic All-Big Ten selection. During his junior and senior seasons, Nill was nominated by the team as one of two Alternate Captains for both the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons.
Prior to playing in college, Nill played in the Compuware hockey program for three seasons (2004-07). While with the Compuware program, Nill totaled 57 points (24 goals and 33 assists) in 84 games played.
The following year during the 2007-08 season, Nill played for the Penticton Vees of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) and tallied 11 points (5 goals and 6 assists) in 55 games played.
“I’ve had the opportunity to get to know Trevor (Nill) over the years, and he is a great fit for our team as he adds a different dimension that can’t be found anywhere else,” said Lumberjacks Head Coach Todd Krygier. “Trevor is a smart kid that played for one of the top hockey programs in the country (in Michigan State) and is enthusiastic about the game of hockey. His experience and knowledge of the game at the collegiate level will provide a great teaching tool for our players to get to where they want to be within the next one to three years.”
Trevor is also the son of Jim Nill, who was recently hired as the General Manager of the Dallas Stars in April of 2013 after serving 15 seasons as the Assistant General Manager for the Detroit Red Wings and 19 seasons overall with the organization. Jim also played ten seasons in the National Hockey League for five different teams and is married to Bekki.
Trevor (24) is also the middle of three children and has two sisters in Jenna (26) and Kristin (20). He is currently taking classes at Michigan State to complete his Bachelor of Science in Biomechanical Engineering and plans on graduating in December.
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