The United States Hockey League announced today that Stu Wilson has joined the organization as Manager of Hockey Operations, effective immediately.
Wilson will relocate to work in the USHL’s Chicago headquarters and report to the Director of Hockey Operations, a position being filled after the departure of Adam Micheletti who was recently named President of Business Operations for the Lincoln Stars.
In his new role, Wilson will oversee roster transactions, official scoring reports, support the department of Player Safety, enforce USA hockey rules and regulations, as well as help in the organization and planning of the USHL Development Series that includes developmental events, regional showcase events and USHL Draft.
“One of our goals was to attract interest from individuals who played in the league and were pursuing a career in the hockey business,” said Bob Fallen, USHL President and Commissioner. “Stu’s familiarity with the league, its coaching personnel and his understanding of the business made him a perfect fit.”
Wilson comes to the USHL after graduating from Yale University where he played four seasons with the ECAC team, including Yale’s NCAA Championship season in 2012-13. Wilson also played with the Rochester Americans (AHL) after graduating where he scored his first professional goal in just his second career game.
“Stu has always been a real student of the game. He is bright, inquisitive and analytical, all qualities that will make him a valuable asset as a hockey professional,” said Yale head coach Keith Allain. “College hockey is a great training ground for future pro players and management personnel. They come out of school well rounded, disciplined and understand the value of hard work.”
Prior to his college hockey career, Wilson played three seasons in the USHL with the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders, including one season as the team’s captain. Wilson and the RoughRiders won an Anderson Cup after going 42-12-3-3 during the 2010-11 season.
“Stu was a team first player and led with his work ethic, by example,” said RoughRiders head coach Mark Carlson. “He will work for the USHL team as he has for his hockey teams, putting the team first. The lesson players can learn from him is that at all levels you are always working for the future, always interviewing in a sense.”
Originally from Pittsford, NY, Wilson studied American Studies as an intensive major while at Yale. Wilson wrote his senior thesis on North American junior hockey, including development proposals that would benefit players in regards to college eligibility and NHL Draft age in both the United States and Canada. Wilson is the son of RIT head coach Wayne Wilson.
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 14th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2015-16. A record 37 players were chosen in the 2015 NHL Draft and more than 375 players on team rosters last season committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.
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