After years of being recruited by USA Hockey to work for various national teams on a part-time basis, Nick Bryant has joined the organization full time to prepare the U.S. Women's National Team for the 2022 Olympics in Beijing, China.
Bryant, who spent the previous four seasons as the director of operations and equipment for the Minnesota Duluth women's hockey program, has been hired by USA Hockey as the operations and event manager for the U.S. Women's National Team, which will gather in Blaine, Minnesota, in October to live, train and compete prior to the 2022 Winter Games.
Bryant has been part of the U.S. senior women's national team operations staff for the Women's World Championship since 2020. Prior to that, he was the equipment manager for the gold-medal-winning U.S. Under-18 Women's National Team, coached by the Bulldogs' Maura Crowell, at the 2020 U-18 World Championship in Slovakia. He's also worked a number of USA Hockey development camps dating back to 2017.
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"My time here with UMD women's hockey has had a tremendous impact on my life," Bryant said in the release announcing his departure. "From starting my career in Duluth, to playing in Hockey Day Minnesota, and advancing to the Frozen Four this past year, I have made memories that will last a lifetime, both on and off the ice."
A native of Livonia, Michigan, and graduate of Minnesota State-Mankato (bachelor's) and St. Scholastica (MBA), Bryant joined the Bulldogs staff in 2017. He's helped create many of the program's special edition jerseys over the past four seasons, including the 1950s throwbacks worn during 2020-21 run to the NCAA Frozen Four.
Bryant is the one of two staff members the Bulldogs have lost this offseason following the run to the Frozen Four, along with assistant coach Ashleigh Brykaliuk. The open assistant job could be filled by the end of this week while a search is underway for Bryant's replacement.
"Nick has been an important member of our staff during his time with the women's hockey program," Crowell said. "His passion for hockey and his willingness to go above and beyond are qualities that made him an asset to both our program and our university.