Alexandria, MN (July. 25, 2023) 

For more information, contact: Johnny Van Atta, Director of Hockey Operations (615) 830-1113, [email protected] 

The Northstar Knights are excited to announce the addition of Joe Cullen to their Coaching Staff. Cullen will coach the 18U Prep team alongside Head Coach, Rylan Galiardi. 

Cullen brings a wealth of experience to the Knights hockey staff. Cullen began his hockey career at Moorhead High School where he was recruited to play for the National Team Development Program. Cullen then played collegiately for 4 seasons at Colorado College where his team made 3 NCAA tournament appearances, winning 1 WCHA Championship and Joe was named “defensive player of the year” in the WCHA 2002-03 season. His abilities led him to being drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in the 2000 NHL Draft. After graduating, Cullen carved out an 11 year professional playing career making stops in the United States, Canada, Germany, Italy and Scotland before he retired in 2014. Cullen finished with over 400 points scored in 500+ pro games played. After retiring from being a player, Cullen transitioned into coaching and became the head coach for Gentry Academy in Vadnais Heights, Minnesota where he coached for 5 consecutive years, winning a state championship in 2021. 

“We are thrilled to add Joe Cullen to Northstar as a great coach and mentor to our players by investing in their life, leading them in their faith”, said Interim Northstar Director, Dallas Steward. This move allows Joe and his family to fulfill many of their dreams including being a part of a Christian based school.

“I’m very honored to be chosen to further God’s kingdom through hockey at Northstar”, said Culen. “My family and I are looking forward to joining this incredible organization.” Coach Cullen comes to Alexandria with his wife Alyse, Daughter Teagan (14), Son Weston (13), and Daughter Merritt (3).