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USHL Fall Classic East headed to Green Bay

The United States Hockey League today announced the schedule for “USHL Fall Classic Week”, set for September 15-19th, 2014.  For the second straight year, the preseason showcase is being played at two regional sites as USHL Fall Classic East will be hosted by the Green Bay Gamblers on September 15-17th and USHL Fall Classic West is being hosted by the Sioux City Musketeers on September 18-19th.

The USHL Fall Classic annually is the most highly-scouted event in hockey as hundreds of scouts, coaches, and personnel from both NHL teams and NCAA programs attend to evaluate the next wave of USHL talent.

The Green Bay Gamblers are hosting the preseason event for the first time with nine games being played over three days for USHL Fall Classic East at the Resch Center in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  Nine teams are competing in the showcase, including the debuts of the Madison Capitols and Bloomington Thunder, the League’s newest expansion clubs.  Eight teams from the Eastern Conference plus the Waterloo Black Hawks are participating in USHL Fall Classic East.

USHL Fall Classic East Schedule

Monday, September 15th, 2014

1:00 PM – Madison Capitols vs. Chicago Steel

4:00 PM – Bloomington Thunder vs. Dubuque Fighting Saints

7:00 PM – Cedar Rapids RoughRiders vs. Green Bay Gamblers

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

10:00 AM – Chicago Steel vs. Bloomington Thunder

1:00 PM – Youngstown Phantoms vs. Dubuque Fighting Saints

4:00 PM – Cedar Rapids RoughRiders vs. Team USA (Under-18 squad)

7:00 PM – Waterloo Black Hawks vs. Green Bay Gamblers

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

10:00 AM – Team USA (Under-18 squad) vs. Youngstown Phantoms

1:00 PM – Waterloo Black Hawks vs. Madison Capitols

The Sioux City Musketeers are hosting the USHL Fall Classic West, the seventh consecutive year they have played host to a USHL preseason event.  A total of eight games will be played over two days as seven teams from the USHL Western Conference, plus the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the Eastern Conference, take the ice from September 18-19th at the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, Iowa.

USHL Fall Classic West Schedule

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

10:00 AM – Muskegon Lumberjacks vs. Fargo Force

1:00 PM – Tri-City Storm vs. Des Moines Buccaneers

4:00 PM – Lincoln Stars vs. Sioux Falls Stampede

7:00 PM – Sioux City Musketeers vs. Omaha Lancers

Friday, September 19th, 2014

10:00 AM – Tri-City Storm vs. Fargo Force

1:00 PM – Muskegon Lumberjacks vs. Lincoln Stars

4:00 PM – Omaha Lancers vs. Des Moines Buccaneers

7:00 PM – Sioux City Musketeers vs. Sioux Falls Stampede

All games during “USHL Fall Classic Week” can be viewed live or on-demand via FASTHockey, the League’s broadband broadcast provider, and all live scoring of the games can be found on the USHL Scoreboard powered by Pointstreak.

Fans can purchase tickets for both USHL Fall Classic events by contacting the respective host teams.

Former Gambler Greene Captured Cup with Kings

Former Green Bay Gambler defenseman Matt Greene again hoisted the Stanley Cup as the Los Angeles Kings closed out the New York Rangers 4-1 (games) this past Friday.  Greene, who patrolled the blue line for the Gamblers during the 2001-02 campaign, appeared in 20 Stanley Cup playoff games, registering six assists.

Along with Greene, other USHL alumni include Alex Martinez (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders), who scored the double-overtime goal in game 5 to clinch the Stanley Cup for the Kings and Trevor Lewis (Des Moines Buccaneers).

To view the cup clinching goal log onto www.nhl.com

Along with Greene having his name on Lord Stanley twice, other Gambler alumni on the cup include Ryan Carter (Anaheim 2007) and Adam Burish (Chicago 2010)



Gamblers hire new assistant coaches

The Green Bay Gamblers are pleased to announce Adam Krug and Brian Sommariva have been named to the team’s coaching staff.

“I am excited to add Adam and Brian to the Gamblers organization,” said head coach and general manager Pat Mikesch. “Both have a wealth of experience at both coaching and scouting at the junior level. They know what it takes to win and will bring that attitude to the Gamblers organization.”

Krug will join the Gamblers as an assistant coach after spending the past two seasons with the Indiana Ice. Named Associate Head Coach this past season, Krug help guide the Ice to a franchise record 42 regular-season wins en route to capturing the 2014 Clark Cup Championship.

Professionally, Krug spent time with the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL, a minor league affiliate of the Nashville Predators, before heading overseas for a one-year stint with the Nijmegen Devils (Netherlands). While on the Devils’ roster, Krug led the team in points (68) and assists (43). After returning from Europe, the Livonia, MI, native spent time with the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye, a minor league affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks.

Prior to his professional career, Krug played for Wayne State University and spent two years with NCAA Div. III powerhouse Adrian College. He finished his two-year career at Adrian in the top-ten for the Bulldogs in all-time points (129), goals (52) and power play goals (20).

Sommariva will join the Gamblers as the Director of Scouting. Since 2006, Sommariva has been a part of the Plymouth Whalers (OHL) coaching staff serving as an assistant coach from 2006-2010 and the Assistant General Manager from 2010-2014. With the Whalers, the Plymouth, MI native helped recruit and develop NHL draft prospects including Tom Wilson, who was selected in the first round (16th overall) by the Washington Capitals in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

Along with his experience in the Ontario Hockey League, Sommariva also served as an assistant coach at Notre Dame Prep School and was the Michigan State University Club Team President.

Sommariva graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy.

Krug and Sommariva will officially begin their duties on June 16.

Gamblers Name Pat Mikesch Head Coach/General Manager

After serving three seasons as associate head coach and director of player personnel under Derek Lalonde, Pat Mikesch has been named the new head coach of the Green Bay Gamblers.

“After developing for 10 years as an assistant coach, I feel I am ready for this challenge and excited for the opportunity to represent this outstanding organization as its head coach,” said Mikesch.  “I’ve worked toward this goal and for it to happen in a great sports community like Green Bay makes it all the more rewarding.”

Prior to the Gamblers, Mikesch spent seven seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Michigan Tech University of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.  On the international level, Mikesch led the United States U-17 team to three straight gold medals at the Five Nations Cup (2011, 2012 & 2013).  In Mikesch’s three years behind the bench at the Five Nations Cup, the U.S. team was a perfect 15-0-0.

“Pat has all of the key attributes that we’ve defined as necessary for the continued success of the hockey team,” said Gamblers President Brendan Bruss.  “The fact that he’s been here for the past three seasons as associate head coach makes him all the more ready to lead the team.”

Mikesch was a four-year member (1992-96) of Michigan Tech’s hockey team.  He helped the Huskies to three WCHA Final Fives in four years.  Mikesch is one of the most decorated players to ever adorn the Huskies jersey, as he ranks seventh all-time in scoring with 169 points (57 goals and 112 assists).  After his collegiate career, Mikesch played eight years of professional hockey in the AHL, IHL, ECHL and in Germany.

Interesting note……Mikesch played two seasons in the USHL with the Des Moines Buccaneers (1990-92), where he was a teammate of former Gamblers head coach Eric Rud on the 1992 squad that captured the Clark Cup.