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20 Former Players/Coaches to Compete in NCAA Tournament

The NCAA released the bracket for the 2019 D-I Men’s Ice Hockey Championship. The Green Bay Gamblers will have 20 former players and coaches compete in the championship tournament:

St. Cloud St:
Jack Poehling
Nick Poehling
Easton Brodzinski
David Hrenak

Ohio State:
Gordi Myer
Matt Jennings

David Carle (Head Coach)

John Leonard

Michael Underwood
Josh Dunne

Minnesota State:
Connor Mackey
Andy Carroll
Jared Spooner
Marc Michaelis

Ryan Tait

Notre Dame:
Andrew Peeke

Connor Murphy

Jesse Jacques
Matt Anderson

Arizona State:
Brett Gruber

The 2019 NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Championship will kick off Friday in Manchester, New Hampshire. This year’s Frozen Four will take place at Key Bank Center in Buffalo, New York, hosted by the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.


The Green Bay Gamblers announced today the hiring of Brian Sommariva as the team’s Director of Scouting. A native of Plymouth, Michigan, Sommariva worked for the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League from
2006-2014, first serving as an assistant coach and then as assistant General Manager (2010-14). He then spent a year with the Toronto Maple Leafs as an amateur scout (2014-15). Sommariva will be based in lower Michigan.

“Brian brings a wealth of experience and expertise to our organization, especially at the junior level,” says Gamblers Head Coach/General Manager Pat Mikesch. “We are excited to have him on board as we shape our team for the future.”

As the Director of Scouting, Sommariva will oversee the entire Gamblers scouting staff.

“I am very excited to join the Gamblers organization,” says Sommariva. “Green Bay is a marquee spot with multiple championships tied to its history. They have produced many great players and even better people. I look forward to working with Pat, Ryan and Blake in building a championship caliber program.”

Team President Brendan Bruss is also excited to add Sommariva to the team’s hockey operations.

“Producing championship caliber teams in the USHL is our goal and we clearly did not establish the right formula in the past few years,” says Bruss. “It was imperative for us to find the right person to lead and direct our scouting to build the Gamblers Hockey teams that we expect to hit the ice. Brian brings to us a tremendous skill set, he is the right fit, we are excited for him to lead this effort.”

The Gamblers are home this Friday (3/22), Saturday (3/23) and Sunday (3/24). Start time at the Resch Center is 7:05 PM on Friday and Saturday and 3:05 PM on Sunday. For tickets visit the Resch Center box office or go online to Box office hours are 11:00 – 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday and beginning at 11:00 AM on Gambler weekend game days. For group and beverage inclusive seating contact Greg at 405-1150.


The Green Bay Gamblers and Pagel’s Ponderosa Dairy LLC are proud to introduce the John Pagel scholarship. John was the owner of Pagel’s Ponderosa, the largest family owned dairy farm in Wisconsin. John was dedicated to the dairy community founding various dairy associations and cooperatives. John touched the lives of countless people personally and professionally through his friendship, willingness to help and public service. He loved farming side by side with his children and beamed with pride over them and his grandchildren. In them, he saw a bright and secure future and a lasting family legacy.

To be eligible, student must be a senior in high school and plan on studying Agriculture, Animal Science, Agronomy, Conservation, Horticulture, or a separate field connected to agriculture in college. Essay winner receives a $3,000 scholarship. Essay question:

“Why I want to work in Agriculture?”

Essay to be 500 words or less. Completed essays, resume and or list of awards and two references to be sent to the following email: Deadline is March 29, 2019. Essay winner will be contacted on April 2. Winner will be recognized at the Dairy Day hockey game on Sunday, April 7.

The 9th Annual Dairy Day is Sunday, April 7, 3:05 PM at the Resch Center. All FFA students and faculty receive a complimentary ticket to the game. Wear FFA apparel and or present FFA credentials at the Resch Center box office to receive a free ticket.

Best of luck,

Jeff Mitchell
Green Bay Gamblers
Director of Business & Promotions

Gamblers Give Back- Upcoming Community Games

The Green Bay Gamblers are an organization built on giving back to the communities that have supported them over the past 25-years. With nine home games remaining, many will feature the raising of awareness and funds for various charitable organizations and or causes. Please note the schedule of games and outside events:

Friday, March 22, 2019
Gamblers and Genentech present Flannel Check Night. Flannel Check is a 100% volunteer-based organization, focused on the importance of early detection, screening and taking a proactive approach to your health. Flannel Check volunteers will be on-site to answer questions and a portion of ticket proceeds will be donated to Flannel Check. Game time is 7:05 PM

Saturday, March 23, 2019
Gamblers and Fox Communities Credit Union present the 3rd Annual Baby Derby. Babies on the ice, with the champion crawler taking home $500.00. Fans are encouraged to bring diapers and other baby supplies to the game. All supplies collected to be donated to shelters for homeless, pregnant and parenting women. Game time is 7:05 PM

Thursday, March 28, 2019
Celebrity Waiter Dinner at Grazies, 6:00 – 9:00 pm to raise funds for the American Heart Association. Players will serve as the waiters with tips collected donated to the American Heart Association. Grazies located at 2851 South Oneida Street in Green Bay

Saturday, March 30, 2019
Gamblers and North Shore Bank present the 8th annual American Heart Association game. A portion of ticket sales will be donated to the American Heart Association. Heroes in the community will also be recognized for their role in saving lives and raising funds for the American Heart Association. Game time is 7:05 PM.

Sunday, April 7, 2019
Gamblers and Pagel’s Ponderosa Dairy present the 9th Annual Dairy Day. Game is dedicated to the dairy industry. First 1,000 fans receive a Dairy Day poster. All FFA students and faculty receive a complimentary ticket to the game. Show your FFA credentials and or official FFA apparel at the Resch Center box office to receive a free ticket. Start time is 3:05 PM.

Friday, April 12, 2019
Gamblers and Marco present Multiple Sclerosis Night. Portion of ticket sales will be donated to the Wisconsin Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Game time is 7:05 PM

For concession, ticket and game promotions go to For tickets visit the Resch Center box office or go to Box office hours are 11:00 – 5:00 PM, Monday – Friday and beginning at 11:00 AM on Gambler game days. For group tickets or beverage inclusive seating contact Greg at 920-405-1130.