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McKade Webster Named Team Captain

The Green Bay Gamblers announced on Tuesday that forward McKade Webster has been named team captain.  Webster suffered a wrist injury last season limiting the St. Louis, Missouri native to just six games.  The Denver University recruit appeared in 59 games during his rookie campaign in 2017-2018, registering 11 goals and 19 assists.

“This year’s team is a veteran group and any number of players could have fulfilled the role of team captain,” says Gamblers Head Coach/General Manager Pat Mikesch.  “The choice of McKade wearing the “C” was based on his leadership qualities and the respect his teammates have for him.”

Defenseman Xan Gurney and forward Ryan O’Reilly were named assistant captains.

Both Gurney and O’Reilly were acquired last February in a trade with the Fargo Force.  Gurney has appeared in 89 career USHL games with Chicago, Fargo and Green Bay, tallying 15 points (3g &12a) and 143 penalty minutes.  Gurney is committed to Western Michigan University.

O’Reilly was named to the 2018 USHL All-Rookie 2nd team, after notching 21 goals with Madison.  The 4th round selection of the Detroit Red Wings has appeared in 109 career USHL games with Madison, Fargo and Green Bay, registering 35 goals and 31 assists.  O’Reilly is committed to Denver University.

“Xan and Ryan are two players with a great deal of USHL experience,” says Mikesch.  “Xan has two Clark Cups to his credit, and Ryan has the potential to be one of the top players in the league.  Like Mckade, both also possess tremendous leadership skills and have the respect of their teammates.”

The Gamblers kick off their 26th season in the USHL this weekend with a pair of games in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at the Fall Classic.  The team returns to Green Bay for the home opener at the Resch Center on Friday, October 4 (7:05 PM).

Tickets available at gamblershockey.com or by visiting the Resch Center box office.  For group and beverage inclusive seating contact Greg at 920-405-1150 or via email: greg.lynch@gamblershockey.com

GAMBLERS FINALIZE ROSTER

On Tuesday the Green Bay Gamblers finalized their roster.  A pair of trades highlighted cutdown day, as the Gamblers moved veteran defenseman Chase Pilawski to Lincoln and defenseman Josh Phillips to Sioux Falls.  Gamblers received undisclosed draft picks in return.

Goaltender Josh Langford was added to the team’s Affiliate list and moved to New Mexico of the North American Hockey League.  Veteran forward Gleb Murtazin was put on Injured Reserve.  Murtazin is expected to return in late-October.

Roster is highlighted by 15 players who have appeared in 40 or more USHL games. List includes; Kyler Grundy, Chad Hillebrand, Gleb Murtazin, Luke Mylymok, Ryan O’Reilly, Tyler Paquette, Benito Posa, Jake Schmaltz, Jesse Tucker, Mckade Webster, Dylan Wendt, Nicholas Zabaneh, defensemen, Xan Gurney, Noah Ganske and Chris Giroday. 

Together the 15 USHL veterans combined for 113 goals and 164 assists last season.

Other players highlighting the roster include 2019 Entry Draft 1st, 2nd and 3rd round picks defenseman Nicolas Petruolo, goaltender Gavin Enright and defenseman Brady Ziemer.

Also hoping to make an impact are defensemen Mason Lohrei and Dylan Moulton and forward Camden Theising, all of whom saw action last season with the Gamblers.

USHL rookies on the roster include forwards Alex Servagno, Braiden Simmons-Fischer, Dalton Wright and goaltender Nicolas Grabko.

Training camp was extremely competitive” says Gamblers Head Coach/General Manager Pat Mikesch.  “We have an experienced group who have had success in this league.  Experience is key not only on the ice, but also in dealing with the grind that is the day-to-day of the USHL.”

The 26th season of Gamblers hockey in the USHL starts this weekend, as the team heads to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to compete in the league-wide Fall Classic.  Gamblers return home on Friday, October 4 for the home opener at the Resch Center (7:05 PM).

Tickets available online at gamblershockey.com or by visiting the Resch Center box office (Monday – Friday, 11:00 – 5:00 PM).  For group and beverage inclusive seating contact Greg at 920-405-1150 or email: greg.lynch@gamblershockey.com

Gamblers Split Pre-Season Match-up against Sioux City

This past weekend the Green Bay Gamblers took on the Sioux City Musketeers in two preseason games.  The Gamblers dropped the first game of the weekend 4 – 1 but bounced back with a big 6 – 1 victory on Saturday in game two.

In the Friday night tilt, the Gamblers got out to an early lead thanks to a power-play goal from forward Jake Schmaltz.  Unfortunately, that would end up being the Gamblers only tally of the game.  Just 70 seconds later the Musketeers answered.  From there, Sioux City never looked back scoring two more in the first and adding a power-play goal late in the third.  Nicholas Grabko started in net for the Gamblers allowing 3 goals on 21 shots.  Gavin Enright entered the game in the second period allowing 1 goal on 17 shots.  It was a physical game from start to finish with each team amassing 48 penalty minutes. 

Game two on Saturday again saw the Gamblers take an early lead with a power-play goal from returning Gamblers forward Ryan O’Reilly.  This time however it was the Gamblers who would answer.  Just 26 seconds after his first tally, O’Reilly found the back of the net for a second time.  Tyler Paquette would tack on another for the Gamblers in the first.  Sioux City would get on the board late in the first, but that goal was quickly answered as Ryan O’Reilly secured his first-period hat trick.  Hillebrand, Webster, Posa, and Paquette each added an assist in the first period as well. 

The Gamblers would add another goal in the second from Dalton Wright and a final goal in the third from Benito Posa.  Securing the 6 – 1 Gambler victory.  Enright started between the pipes for the Gamblers and made 14 saves.  He was relieved by Josh Langford who stopped all 3 shots that he faced.  It was yet another physical game that saw two fighting majors and a double minor from both teams.  The game featured 146 penalty minutes. 

The Gamblers will be back at it this weekend as they take on the Dubuque Fighting Saints on Friday and Saturday.  Friday night’s game is in Fond du Lac and on Saturday they hit road to Dubuque. 

Proceeds from ticket sales for the game in Fond du Lac will benefit Fond du Lac youth hockey.  You can purchase tickets online at http://ow.ly/b8wa50w2Vkv or at the door.  Fond du Lac Blue Line Family Ice Center is located at 550 Fond du Lac Ave, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.  See you there!

PLAYERS REPORT THIS WEEKEND

Twenty-eight players from the United States, Canada and Russia will report to Green Bay this weekend for Gamblers Training Camp.  First practice is Wednesday, September 4.  Roster will be cut down to a 23 on or before Tuesday, September 24. 

“This is an exciting time of year,” says Gamblers Head Coach/General Manager Pat Mikesch.  “Camp will be competitive as we have a strong core of players with both USHL and junior experience.  The staff will be left with tough decisions come September 24.”

Along with daily practices the Gamblers have four exhibition games. Schedule is as follows:

Friday, September 13 vs Sioux City – 7:05 PM – Appleton Family Ice Center – Appleton, WI.

Saturday, September 14 vs Sioux City – 2:05 PM – Cornerstone Community Ice Center – De Pere, WI.

Friday, September 20 vs Dubuque – 7:05 PM – Blue Line Family Ice Arena – Fon du Lac, WI.

Saturday, September 21 @ Dubuque – 7:05 PM – Dubuque, IA.

The Gamblers roster boasts 16 players who have played at least 40 USHL games.  List includes forwards, Jesse Tucker, who is the team’s leading returning scorer, Kyler Grundy, Chad Hillebrand, Gleb Murtazin, Luke Mylymok, Ryan O’Reilly, Tyler Paquette, Benito Posa, Jake Schmaltz, Mckade Webster, Dylan Wendt, Nicholas Zabaneh, defensemen, Xan Gurney, who has won two Clark Cups, Noah Ganske, Chris Giroday and Chase Pilawski.  Together the 16 USHL veterans combined for 116 goals and 180 assists last season.

To bolster the blue line the Gamblers added junior veterans Nicolas Petruolo and Brady Ziemer with their 1st and 3rd round picks in the 2019 USHL Entry Draft.  Petruolo played last season in the North American Hockey League (NAHL), and Ziemer played north of the border in the British Columbia Junior Hockey League. 

Also hoping to make an impact is forward Camden Theising, defensemen Mason Lohrei and Dylan Moulton, all of whom saw action last season with the Gamblers.

With goaltender Maksim Zhukov signing with the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Gamblers selected a pair of goaltenders in the USHL Entry Draft.  Green Bay used its 2nd round pick to select junior veteran Gavin Enright.  The 20-year old appeared in 87 games over the last two seasons with Kenai River of the NAHL.  With their 4th round pick, Green Bay selected Nicholas Grabko, who also spent the 2018-19 season in the NAHL (Minot).  To round out the goalie rotation, Mikesch traded for University of Maine commit Josh Langford.

“Veteran teams historically have faired very well in the USHL,” says Mikesch.  “This is a group with a great deal of skill and toughness.  Our fans are going to like the way we play, and I am optimistic about what this group can accomplish.”

For a complete roster click on the link below. https://gamblershockey.com/roster

The 2019-2020 season marks the Gamblers 26th year in Northeast Wisconsin.  Since the team’s inception in 1994, the Gamblers have won five Anderson Cups and four Clark Cups.  The Gamblers home opener is Friday, October 4, 2019.  Ticket go on sale Tuesday, September 4, 11:00 AM at the Resch Center box office.  Box office hours are 11:00 – 5:00 PM Monday – Friday and on Saturday beginning at 11:00 AM on Gambler game days.