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Gamblers announce year-end awards

The Green Bay Gamblers of the United States Hockey League (USHL) have announced team honors for the 2013-2014 season.  These players were selected for the following awards:

Most Valuable Player –             Ryan Lough
Best Offensive Player –              Nick Schmaltz
Best Defensive Player –             Jared Rutledge
Unsung Hero Award –                Anthony Walsh
Community Service Award-   Sebastian Weberg

Selected in the 16th round of “Phase Two” of the 2013 USHL draft, Lough quickly took command of the locker room and was named captain early in the season.  The Manotick, ON native finished his junior career as the only player on the Gamblers roster to see action in all 64 games during the 2013-14 season. Statistically, Lough netted 42 points (19 goals, 23 assists). His 19 regular season goals ranked second on the team, while his plus 15 plus/minus rating tied for best.  Lough is committed to St. Lawrence and will arrive on campus this fall.

Schmaltz ended the 2013-14 campaign as the leading scorer for the Gamblers tallying 63 points (18 goals, 45 assists) in 55 games.  Since 2011, Schmaltz has appeared 130 games registering 119 points (37 goals, 82 assists) and a plus 6 plus/minus rating. Internationally, the Verona, WI native led the United States in scoring with eight points at the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Tournament helping Team USA capture the silver medal.  Schmaltz also put up 12 points at the World Junior A Challenge in the same season. Committed to North Dakota, Schmaltz is expected to be a high NHL draft selection this summer.

Rutledge saw action between the pipes in 45 games this season for the Gamblers recording a team high 25 wins to accompany a 2.77 goals against average and a .907 save percentage. A product of the U.S. National Development Program, Rutledge has logged over four thousand minutes in the USHL and is expected to return to Green Bay this fall.

Walsh led all defenseman with a plus 15 plus/minus rating.  Battling injuries this season, the Burr Ridge, IL native tallied six points (two goals, four assists) in 40 games.  Committed to Yale, Walsh is expected to bring his rugged style of play back to Green Bay this upcoming season.

Off the ice, Weberg volunteered countless hours to various community-based programs, such as youth hockey and reading in the local elementary schools.   On the ice, the Colgate commit registered 34 points (20 goals, 14 assists) in 105 games over the past two seasons for the Gamblers.

Gamblers trade Ryan Siroky

The Green Bay Gamblers of the United States Hockey League have traded forward Ryan Siroky to the Des Moines Buccaneers in exchange for the 22nd overall pick in Phase Two of the 2014 USHL Draft. The Gamblers used that pick to select Vermont recruit Brian Bowen.

Siroky was originally selected by the Gamblers in the 2011 USHL Futures Draft.  In two full seasons with the Gamblers, the Manhatten Beach, CA native suited up for 118 games registering 36 points (25 goals, 11 assists) and a minus six plus/minus rating. A product of the Los Angeles Jr. Kings program, Siroky is committed to Miami.

The Gamblers wrapped up the two day USHL Draft selecting 27 new players reaching the team’s 45 player maximum on their protected list.

Gamblers select 19 players in USHL draft phase two

The Green Bay Gamblers selected six defensemen, twelve forwards and one goalie in phase two of the USHL Draft on Tuesday.

With the 22nd overall pick (second round), the Gamblers selected Vermont recruit Brian Bowen as their first pick.  A product of the Boston Junior Bruins program, the Littleton, MA native registered 50 points (27 goals, 23 assists) in 47 games last season.

Up front the Gamblers also selected Joseph Wegwerth (USA Under 18 Team), Derek Barach (Salisbury Prep School), Ryan Finnegan (Skipjacks Hockey U16), Milan Kolena (Orange HK 20), Trenton Bliss (Appleton United High School), Jack MacNab (Culver Military Academy U16) and Demico Hannoun (Vernon Vipers).

In the third and fourth rounds, the Gamblers took twin brothers selecting Jack and Nick Poehling from Lakeville North High School. That trend continued throughout the draft as the Gamblers added forward Joachim Weberg (Shattuck St. Mary), brother of former Gamblers forward Sebastian Weberg and forward Jacob Kauppila (Alberni Valley Bulldogs), brother of current Gamblers forward Sam Kauppila in later rounds.

On the blue line the Gamblers selected Conner Wynne (Milton Academy Prep School), Brandon Crawley (Selects Hockey Academy U18), Bud Madej (Chicago Mission U18), Miles Gendron (River Prep School) Dennis Cesana (Kimball Union Academy Prep School) and Paul DeNaple (Wilkes Barre/Scranton Jr. Knights U16N).

In between the pipes the Gamblers called the name of Slovakian native Adam Huska (Zvolen HK)

“I’m excited to get the two forwards at the top of the draft to fill some immediate holes, said Gamblers Associate Head Coach and Player Personnel Chief Pat Mikesch.  “They’re players we really liked and overall I think we did a great job of building for our future.”

“Pat Mikesch did a great job in the draft by continuing with our approach every year giving us a chance to compete for the top spot in the conference and securing our future,” said Gamblers Head Coach Derek Lalonde.

The players selected in phase one and two of the draft, returning players, and free agents will be in Green Bay June 15 – 19 for the Gamblers Main Try-out Camp at the Resch Center.  Stay tuned to gamblershockey.com for more information on the Gamblers Main Camp.

Gamblers select eight in USHL Draft Phase One

The Green Bay Gamblers of the United States Hockey League (USHL) selected eight players in Phase One of the 2014 USHL  Draft on Monday.  The eight players, who were all born in 1998, will be placed on the Gamblers Affiliate List.

The Gamblers selected five forwards and three defensemen.  With the 10th overall pick the Gamblers selected forward Josh Dunne, who played this past season for the St. Louis Blues Minor Midget program.

Up front the Gamblers also added John Leonard (Springfield Cathedral HS), Christopher Grando (Long Island Gulls), Casey Mittlestadt (Eden Prairie Bantam) and Brandon Puricelli (St. Louis Blues Minor).

On the blueline the Gamblers selected Andrew Peeke (Selects Hockey Academy U16), John Pesek (Chicago Fury Minor Midget) and Gabriel Sylvestre College Esther- Blondin).

The Gamblers coaching and scouting staff were thrilled with the eight players selected.  According to Associate Head Coach Pat Mikesch.

“We added the pieces that we were excited to add,” said Mikesch, “These are players that fit the style of game that we play here in Green Bay.”