Coach Nick Mattson is excited to join Breakaway Hockey after recently completing his professional hockey career.
Mattson grew up playing in the Chaska youth hockey association. After being named to the all-conference team following a successful freshman year playing for Chaska High School, Mattson joined the United States National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Coach Nick spent two seasons there playing for the Under 17 and Under 18 national teams, playing with and against the best players his age in the world while traveling all over the globe for tournaments. This experience culminated with a gold medal at the Under 18 world championships. Mattson next joined the Indiana
Ice of the United States Hockey League. Coach Mattson made the all star team during his first season with the team, and was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks the following June. Coach Nick served as team captain his second season with the team, and was named first team all USHL as well as being named the USHL Defenseman of the Year.
Coach Mattson spent four seasons playing for the University of North Dakota, where he was a part of two frozen four teams. During his senior season, Mattson was named the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) Scholar Athlete of the year as well as UND’s Male Scholar Athlete of the year. Mattson was also a two time academic All American, as well as two time Elite 89 award winner given to the player with the highest GPA amongst all frozen four participants.
Following his college career Nick spent parts of two seasons playing in the Chicago Blackhawks minor league system for the Rockford Ice Hogs (AHL) and Indy Fuel (ECHL).