Mac’s Tournament – Q & A with Mission Coach Nick DeSalvo

Mac’s Tournament – Nick DeSalvo profile

By: Matt Dumouchelle


It’s pretty easy to be envious of Nick DeSalvo’s career.

After playing at Bowling Green University, he’s interned with the GM of the New York Islanders and been welcomed into one of the biggest sports agencies in the country, CAA, to work alongside Judd Moldaver and Pat Brisson.

He now shares a coach’s room with Chicago Blackhawks lore and gets a front row seat to sharing practice plans, systems and development ideas with some of the brightest minds in hockey.

“I’ve never been a part of something like this,” DeSalvo says. “It’s been great for a young guy who has passion, but has never played at that level before to watch and learn every day, to understand how they think the game.”

The Coaches Site had the opportunity to sit down with DeSalvo as his team, the Chicago Mission, prepared for the Mac’s Tournament; we discussed the big names he’s surrounded himself with, the Mission’s advantage in previous Mac’s tournaments and his “ah ha!” moment in coaching.


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