Adam Nightingale explains how he plans to revive hockey at Michigan State University

EAST LANSING Amid the frenzy of searching for training, it’s easy to forget the human element in all of it.

On Thursday, as new Michigan State hockey coach Adam Nightingale began to think about the hiccups that had been his last two weeks, his lip quivered, and he stopped talking. He was thinking of his wife, Kristen, whom he had met in Michigan two decades earlier and who, by his side, had pursued his hockey career as a player and coach—from his first gig, making $16,000 a year, to coaching the Detroit Red Wings, To their newest and longest-running family leg, they lived in Canton, Michigan, while Nightingale coached the U.S. national team development program, and is now back here, to East Lansing.