Adam Nightingale explains how he plans to resurrect MSU hockey

New MSU hockey coach Adam Nightingale meets with reporters Thursday.

EAST LANSING – Amid the frenzy of a coaching search, it’s easy to forget about the human element in all of it.

On Thursday, when new Michigan State hockey coach Adam Nightingale began to think about the whirlwind that’s been his last couple weeks, his lip quivered, he teared up and stopped talking. He was thinking about his wife, Kristin, whom he met at Michigan State two decades ago and who, by his side, has followed his vagabond-ish hockey career as a player and coach — from his first gig, making $16,000 a year, to coaching the Detroit Red Wings, to their most recent and longest family stop, living in Canton, Michigan, while Nightingale coached the US National Team Development Program, and now back here, to East Lansing.

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