Andy Contois, a 2006 NMU financial management alumnus and former Wildcat hockey player, will serve as an assistant coach for Team White when it faces Team Blue in the 2024 Chipotle All-American Game on Jan. 15 at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Mich. The game features 45 top prospects from the United States Hockey League (USHL)—the nation's only Tier 1 junior hockey league—who are eligible for the 2024 NHL draft.
Contois is in his third year as associate head coach for the USHL's Youngstown Phantoms. He previously spent two seasons as an assistant coach for the ECHL's Indy Fuel. He also coached at USA Hockey's Boys 16 Player Development Camp in 2023 and served as an assistant at the 2023 All-American Game.
Before venturing into coaching, Contois had a 10-year professional playing career split between North America and Europe. He played college hockey at NMU after transferring from LSSU. According to a Mining Journal story, his best statistical season came during his junior year, when he finished with 19 goals and 36 points. He followed that up with a 16-goal, 31-point campaign his senior season.
Prior to NMU, Contois played for the Marquette Electricians Midget AAA hockey team in 119 games, scoring 60 goals and totaling 135 points. He also played for Green Bay Gamblers of the USHL following his high school graduation.
The 2024 Chipotle All-American game begins at 4 p.m. EST and will broadcast live on NHL Network. Contois will assist Jason Kersner, head coach of the USHL's Sioux City Musketeers, who will be the head coach for Team White.