Brusa, a native of Chicago grew up playing locally before elevating his game to play Tier 3 junior hockey and eventually called up to the NAHL’s Topeka Roadrunners and Brampton Capitals in the OJHL. The hard working Forward ultimately used hockey as a platform to earn a scholarship to St. Mary’s University (MN) and NCAA Division 3 institution in Winona, MN competing for two seasons before being sidelined due to injuries. Currently, Nick is attending DePaul University and pursing his degree in Finance from the Driehaus College of Business at DePaul.
He spent the 2015-2016 season as an Assistant Coach at DePaul alongside Head Coach Jerry Fronek. Brusa also oversees hockey programs youth to adult at Glacier Ice Arena in Vernon Hills, IL. In his spare time away from hockey Brusa enjoys working out, playing tennis, and watching NHL games. Brusa will be coaching the Cougars while he finishes his coursework at DePaul and anticipated graduation in May 2017.
Head Coach Brad Stoffers said “Nick will be a great addition to the Chicago Cougars organization and what we are trying to do here in Chicago which is bring elite players the option to develop their game at a high level while competing for championships and ultimately moving them onto higher levels of Junior and college hockey” adding “Nick has played where all of our guys want to go: Tier 2 in Canada, the United States, and NCAA hockey which will be a huge advantage to have him on staff and work with our guys every day.”
Brusa replaces Justin Maciuk who has accepted a full time position as a Director with the Chicago Blues organization. Brusa will become the 2nd Assistant Coach in Cougars franchise history.
The Cougars will begin play in late August with their USPHL league scheduling to begin early September. Stay tuned for the official release of the Cougars full 2016-2017 Regular Season Schedule shortly.
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