Former Northern Michigan player, hockey ops manager Lehtinen named new Wildcats’ assistant coach

Northern Michigan has named Rob Lehtinen an assistant coach, filling the vacancy created by the departure of Joe Shawhan to Michigan Tech.

“Rob is a going to be a tremendous asset to our program,” NMU head coach Walt Kyle said in a statement. “He is a guy that played here, has worked here as our hockey ops guy for several years, and is totally committed to our program. He is a guy that I have long targeted as a future assistant and we are proud to add him to our coaching staff.”

Lehtinen was the hockey operations manager the past four seasons and was a four-year letterwinner at NMU from 2003 to 2007, playing in 156 games with 17 goals and 38 assists for 55 points.

“I am excited for this chance, this has been a goal of mine for a very long time and I feel like I am ready to make the next step in my career,” added Lehtinen. “I will be committed to using my past hockey experience to my advantage in helping develop student-athletes. My family and I feel truly blessed to begin my coaching career in my hometown among family and friends.”