Mattson, Nick
Director of Hockey Operations 4-8


I grew up in Chanhassen. My hobbies include anything fitness-related, camping/hiking, pickleball, reading, and movies.

What do you like most about BA?
Building relationships with the students and being part of a fun environment while still pushing student-athletes to reach their full potential.

Why is it important to have solid academics in addition to good hockey training?
I am a big believer in the saying ‘How you do one thing is how you do everything.’ It is hard to have a lazy attitude towards academics and expect the drive to put in the work necessary to become an elite player. Students should push themselves to be high achievers in all areas of life.

Which coach or teacher had the biggest impact on your life and why?
Coach Andy Brink – and I’m not just saying that because he’s now my boss!

What is your favorite hockey memory?
My favorite memory is playing for the Chaska Association while growing up.

What are your credentials and hockey experience?
*Grew up playing for CCHA/ Chaska High School
*2 years played at the US National Team Development Program
*Gold Medal at the U-18 World Championships
*2 years spent in the USHL playing for the Indiana Ice
* 2-time selection to the USHL All-Star Game
*USHL Defenseman of the Year and 1st team all USHL
*Chicago Blackhawks Draft Pick
* 4-year letter winner at the University of North Dakota
* 2-time Elite 89 award winner awarded to the player with the highest GPA among all frozen four participants
*NCHC Scholar-Athlete of the Year award winner
*University of North Dakota Men’s student-athlete of the year award winner
*2 years spent in the Chicago Blackhawks minor league system