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Stars Add Brian Kaufman and Connor Court to Hockey Operations Staff

August 19, 2020 - United States Hockey League (USHL) - Lincoln Stars News Release

LINCOLN, Neb. - Lincoln Stars General Manager and Head Coach Chris Michael has announced the hirings of Brian Kaufman and Connor Court.

Kaufman will be brought on as Lincoln's Leadership Development Consultant, working with Stars captains and the rest of the roster in an off-ice capacity.

"I'm extremely excited and honored that Coach Michael and his staff were willing to accept me and bring me on board," Kaufman said. "It's a big reason why I got into coaching in the first place: my passion for leadership and off-ice development. I'll be available for the players if they need me just to be another asset for them to go to when they have any issues or questions."

Kaufman, 36, served as the head coach of the Omaha Lancers from 2013-17, amassing a record of 121-91-28. He previously worked as the director of hockey operations at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He played college hockey at Miami (OH) University from 2005-09.

"Brian and I go back a long, long time as teammates and guys who worked together when he was a head coach and general manager in this league," Michael said. "I witnessed firsthand at his ability to help these young men mature and grow to be ready to be impact players as freshmen and earn the privilege of being captains in by the beginning of their sophomore years in college. He was a captain as a player and I witnessed him earn that right."

"To have someone of his pedigree is a very exciting day for us as a staff, but most importantly, for our players," Michael continued. "Another resource for our players is only another positive to help them grow as players on the ice and people off the ice. It's a privilege to welcome him into our family and excited to get to work alongside him again!"

Court will serve as Lincoln's Director of Hockey Operations, handling logistics pertaining to travel as well as providing video for the team during games, among other duties throughout practices.

"I couldn't be more excited," Court remarked. "I think we're going to put together a really competitive squad. We've got a great staff and I think Lincoln should be excited about the Stars this year."

Court, 26, played Division III hockey at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth from 2015-19, serving as an alternate captain in his senior year. He recently coached the Neponset Valley River Rats of the Premier Hockey League.

"[Connor] will primarily be responsible for all video and travel responsibilities. The ability to have our games coded live is a great resource for us to have in between periods if we need to make in-game adjustments," Michael added. "If we don't like what we're seeing ... if we do like what we're seeing, having that video live in-game is huge and I know will be a huge benefit to us a group. It's a privilege to welcome him into our family and help jump-start his career in this business."

The hirings of both Kaufman and Court mark the fourth and fifth new additions to Lincoln's hockey operations staff in the 2020 offseason.

"Any successful organization starts with the people that are within the organization doing things the right way on a daily basis to help grow our brand," Michael said. "We all have our own part in helping grow the brand and for the first time in a long time, we feel like we have that on both sides of the organization, within our business department and within our hockey operations. It's all about giving the players all the resources possible to make sure we're giving them the best chance to succeed. We're extremely excited, we have a lot of good people here and that's the best part."

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