Craig Larson- Governor/General Manager
Craig begins his fourth season with the North Stars with over 20 years of junior hockey coaching, high school coaching and scouting experience. Most recently, Craig was a head junior hockey coach in the NA3HL and MNJHL junior hockey leagues. The 2010-2013 seasons were spent as head coach of the Minnesota Flying Aces. During that time his teams advanced over twenty players to the college level and higher level junior ranks.
Craig served as head coach for the St. Cloud Apollo High School boy’s hockey team from 2000-2007. He has also served as a coach/evaluator for the USA Hockey Advanced program for Minnesota from 2000-2009 and the Northern Plains district in 2011-2016.
During the 2009-2010 season Craig served as a Minnesota scout for the Alexandria Blizzard (NAHL). From 2008-2010, Larson also worked as a U.S. regional amateur scout working for the International Scouting Service. As a regional scout for ISS, Craig scouted, evaluated and filed reports on players eligible for the 2008, 2009 and 2010 NHL Drafts.
During the 2008-2009 season Craig was the associate head coach and director of scouting for the Granite City Lumberjacks of the Minnesota Junior Hockey League. While there, he scouted, recruited, and helped form the expansion team now playing out of Sauk Rapids, Minnesota. His role with the Lumberjacks helped bring the expansion team to a third place finish at the 2009 USA Hockey Junior A Tier III National Championships in Marlboro, Massachusetts.
Craig is entering his fourth season as the Head High School Boys Hockey coach of the Northern Lakes Lightning. He also spends his summers golfing, scouting and working as a coach at the prestigious Minnesota Hockey Camp in Nisswa, Minnesota. With a real passion for the game, he helps to develop elite players from bantam to college age in on/off ice training. Craig lives in Nisswa, MN, is married, has one son and Golden Retriever, named Mulligan.