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FYHA Staff

The staff of the Fargo Youth Hockey Association works both at HA Thompson Arena and in remote settings.  Each staff person has posted office hours below for Board Members and/or FYHA general members to set up times to discuss topics.

Please be respectful of the in-season work schedules and communicate via the information below should you desire to speak with a staff member.



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Joe Christianson, Executive Director

Christianson is a native of Halstad, Minn.,  and 1998 graduate of Norman County West HS. In 1998, he won the MN state individual Class A golf championship. A 2003 graduate of the University of West Florida, he was a two-time NCAA All-American golfer and member of 2001 NCAA DII National Championship team. Christianson worked in the golf industry after college until earning his Master's Degree in Sports Management from Saint John's University (Queens, NY) in 2016. Since May 2016, he served Concordia College as Associate Athletic Director, overseeing business operations, sports information, facilities and fundraising for the department while also serving as Director of Golf for both the Men's & Women's golf teams. 

Christianson and his son, Chase (6) reside in Fargo with their beloved chocolate lab, Molly. 

Joe Christianson

Joe Christianson

Phone: 701-532-1577 (VM or Text)

Nate Metcalf, Hockey Director

Nate Metcalf has been the FYHA Hockey Director since May 2021 after many years of serving as a volunteer coach in the organization.  As Hockey Director Metcalf is charged with overseeing the competitive and recreational programming for FYHA.

A native of East Grand Forks, Minn., he helped lead the Green Wave to the 1998 state high school hockey tournament before spending two years in the United States Hockey League with Fargo Ice Sharks.

As a collegiate player Metcalf played four years of NCAA Division I hockey with Minnesota State-Mankato before embarking on a five-year professional hockey career that concluded in Germany.

He resides in Fargo with wife, Jessica, and they have three boys and a girl who all play or have played with the Freeze.

Nate Metcalf

Nate Metcalf

Phone: 701-532-1730 (VM or Text)

Dave Oksendahl, Fundraising & Operations Coordinator

Dave Oksendahl

Dave Oksendahl

Fundraising Director

Phone: 701-353-5582 (VM or Text)

Jeff Nygaard, Operations Support

After a three-year term as the Freeze's first-ever executive director, Jeff Nygaard will serve in the role of Operations Support as of the 2024-25 season.

In this contracted role Nygaard will support all phases of the Fargo Youth Hockey Association operations including registration, data management, customer service and support of the Hockey and Executive Directors.

Nygaard is a Fergus Falls, Minn., native and a 1990 graduate of North Dakota State University.  He has more than 30 years experience working in college and youth athletics administration.  He is a former sports information director at the University of North Dakota, a former owner/operator of two youth hockey clubs and he helped create and serve as the first executive director of the Eastern Hockey League.  On the ice he also officiated more than 300 minor professional hockey games and four USA Hockey National Championship contests.

He and his wife, Sheri, have two sons: Sam (25) and Max (23).

Jeff Nygaard

Jeff Nygaard

Phone: 701-532-1727 (VM or Text)

Matt Weis, Tournament & Sales Director

Matt Weis has been the FYHA Tournament & Sales Director since August 2021 after interning for the association back in 2019-2020.

As Tournament and Sales Director, Matt is charged with the overall planning of tournament operations and as well as sales and sponsorships for H.A. Thompson & Sons Arena and our tournaments.

Matt grew up in Inver Grove Heights, MN, where he went to Rosemount High School.  Matt graduated from NDSU with a degree in Sport Management in May of 2020. Matt has worked with youth in a child care setting for five years.

Matt currently resides in Breckenridge, MN with his wife Abby and their yellow lab, Brinkley.

Matt Weis

Matt Weis

Tournament & Sales Director

Phone: 701-532-1728 (VM or Text)