St. Paul, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- Whatever the next level of hockey for Superior native Brett Olson, he says his preparation will not change from any other leap he's made in his career.
"It's just been kind of the way you move up through every level," Olson said. "Take it one step at a time, learn from these camps while you're here, and try to get better each day."
The camps he's referring to are NHL development camps, and the former Spartan spent all of last week at that of the Minnesota Wild.
"I'm just glad to have the opportunity while I'm out here to have them take a look at me, trying to see if there's a possibility get into this organization," Olson said of Minnesota. "I think, after being around, they're one of the classiest organizations around. It's an honor to put on that sweater and just go out there and work."
Olson came to the Minnesota Wild development camp after spending the past four years in college hockey as a member of the Michigan Tech Huskies, actually serving the past two years as that team's captain.
"Playing four years of college has definitely prepared me for that next step, whether it be in the AHL or NHL," Olson said. "It's a tough group to crack, but it's worth it to try and make it to that level."
Olson played a big part in a rejuvenation in that Michigan Tech program. After just 15 wins in his first three years combined, he and the Huskies won 16 games this past season and qualified for the WCHA Final Five tournament.
"I was pretty proud of what our senior group was able to accomplish, especially with the help of the younger guys this year. With the great coaching staff up there, coach [Mel] Pearson, and some of those guys, they'll continue to have success."