2008-09: Skating with Wenatchee of the NAHL, Dowd scored 49 points in 43 regular season games and performed even better in the playoff spotlight with 22 points in 13 games. Dowd was also a stalwart on the powerplay.
2009-10: With the Indiana Ice of the USHL, Nic Dowd posted 16 goals and 23 assists in 46 games.
2010-11: Dowd skated in 36 of 38 games for St. Cloud State as a freshman and steadily increased his offensive production. Dowd had four points in his first 17 games as he made the adjustment to college hockey but finished with 5 goals and 13 assists and was +3 with 34 PMs. The Huskies finished tied for eighth place in the tough WCHA conference and were three games below .500.
2011-12: Dowd played a top line role for St. Cloud State in his sophomore year – playing alongside Calgary Flames prospect David Eddy much of the year. He scored 11 goals with 13 assists in 39 games and was plus-two with 36 penalty minutes. The Huskies struggled to stay above .500 for much of the year; finishing sixth in the WCHA during the regular season and falling to eventual champion North Dakota in the WCHA Final Five quarterfinal game.
Dowd is a raw forward who is still finding his style of play. He plays a high-energy style of game, often times getting into opponents faces but also has some offensive ability.