Brett Petersen


Head Men's Hockey Coach/Arena Manager in Athletics

Brett Petersen is entering his 14th season as the head coach of the Gustavus Adolphus men's hockey team. 

Despite another late-season surge that saw the Gustavus men’s hockey team go 10-2-2 after the holiday break, the Gusties missed out on a trip to the NCAA Tournament after falling to Saint John’s 3-2 in the MIAC Playoff Championship.  Gustavus, who began the year 0-4-0 in the MIAC, earned the fourth seed in the MIAC Playoffs after a late push in conference play over January and February.  In the conference tournament, the Gusties defeated St. Olaf (3-2) in the first round and St. Thomas (1-0) in the semifinals to earn a trip to the championship game for the fourth time in the last five seasons.

Petersen’s club finished 17-8-3 overall and 9-5-2 in the MIAC.  Junior Adam Smyth (Burnsville, Minn.) was named a member of the 2012-13 All-Conference Team following the season.  Earning All-MIAC honors for the first time in his career, Smyth led the team in scoring with 21 points off of 12 goals and nine assists.  

In his 13-year tenure behind the Gustavus bench, Petersen has compiled a 182-141-28 overall record. His 182 wins at Gustavus ranks second behind legendary coach Don Roberts. He has been named MIAC Coach of the Year twice, once in 2001-02 after helping the Gusties make the jump from ninth place the year before to a second place finish in the conference, and again in 2009-10 after leading the Gusties to their first MIAC Title since 1993. While at Gustavus, Petersen has worked with 16 All-Conference players, three MIAC Player of the Year recipients, seven All-Americans and one National Player of the Year (David Martinson, 2010).

Petersen, a Roseville, Minnesota native, started his coaching career with the St. Paul Vulcans of the United States Hockey League (USHL) from 1992-1994. He was named assistant coach at St. Cloud State University of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) in the spring of 1994. During his six years at St. Cloud State, he coordinated the recruiting process for head coach Craig Dahl, while also being closely involved with practice planning, player development and bench coaching.

In the classroom, Petersen received his Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the University of Denver in 1992 and his Master of Science degree in athletic administration in 2000 from St. Cloud State. He was a four-year letter winner in hockey while at Denver and was named to the WCHA All-Academic team for three years. Petersen served as the team's assistant captain during his junior and senior seasons.

Petersen had the opportunity to represent USA Hockey on several difference occasions during his playing career including the U.S. Olympic Festival in Oklahoma City in 1990 and the World University Games in Sapporo, Japan in 1991. He was drafted by the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League (NHL), but did not play professional hockey.

Along with this coaching duties at Gustavus, Petersen's responsibilities include managing Lund Arena, the College's multi-purpose facility that houses the ice sheet from October through March for team practices and games. The facility is then used for physical education classes, concerts and conventions the rest of the year.

Brett lives in St. Peter with his wife, Linda, and their daughters, Katherine and Natalie.

Courses Taught


HES-281 (Men's Hockey Practicum)

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
HES-281Men's Hockey Practicum302015/SP, 2014/FA, 2014/SP, 2013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, 2011/FA, 2011/SP, 2010/FA, 2010/SP, 2009/FA, 2009/SP, 2008/FA, 2008/SP, 2007/FA, 2007/SP, 2006/FA, 2006/SP, 2005/FA, 2005/SP, 2004/FA, 2004/SP, 2003/FA, 2003/SP, 2002/FA, 2002/SP, 2001/FA, 2001/SP, and 2000/FA
HES-156Men's Hockey302015/SP, 2014/SP, 2013/SP, 2012/SP, 2011/SP, 2010/SP, 2009/SP, 2008/SP, 2007/SP, 2006/SP, 2005/SP, 2004/SP, 2003/SP, 2002/SP, and 2001/SP

Courses prior to Spring semester 1999 are not displayed.