Hockey Summer Day Camp 2018

Marquette, Michigan

Byron Pool
Associate Head Coach

Byron Pool was announced as Northern Michigan's associate head hockey coach on May 13, 2017.

Pool spent the past seven seasons with the Fargo Force (USHL). He was elevated to associate head coach from assistant coach ahead of the 2014-15 campaign.  

"Byron Pool has had sustained success in both the USHL and NAHL and won a championship as a head coach," said head coach Grant Potulny. "He has shown the ability to recruit and develop players to their full potential, helping many reach their goal of playing in the National Hockey League. His ability to connect with players is outstanding, and he will greatly enhance our team's performance on the ice and the experience our student-athletes have at Northern Michigan as a whole."

During his time in Fargo, the Force qualified for the Clark Cup playoffs four times. In 2012-13, Fargo was named the USHL's Organization of the Year and reached the Clark Cup finals.

Pool worked alongside three head coaches: Jason Herter (2010 to 2011), John Marks (2011 to 2015) and Cary Eades (2015 to present).

Before joining the Force staff, Pool was the head coach of the Bismarck Bobcats (NAHL) from 2008 to 2010. He led the Bobcats to the 2010 Robertson Cup and the 2009 Central Division title.

Pool spent his collegiate career at Colgate, skating in 76 games as a defenseman from 1996 to 2000. After graduating with a bachelor's degree in history, he went on to play four seasons of professional hockey, primarily for the Corpus Christi IceRays (WPHL/CHL) and Indianapolis Ice (CHL).

Rob Lehtinen
Assistant Coach 
Rob Lehtinen enters his second season as an assistant coach at Northern Michigan University in 2015 - 16. Lehtinen previously served as the hockey operations manager at NMU for four seasons prior to his appointment as assistant coach.

Lehtinen lettered for four years with the Wildcats from 2003-07. He appeared in 156 games, scoring 17 goals and recording 38 assists.

Lehtinen played a season with the Johnstown Chiefs of the East Coast Hockey League and three seasons with the Arizona Sundogs of the Central Hockey League. The Sundogs won the 2008 CHL Ray Miron President's Cup Championship.

Lehtinen resides in Marquette with his wife Angela, daughter Stella and son Luc. 


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