Monday the Green Bay Gamblers took part in the Central Illinois Flying Aces Dispersal Draft. With the #2 overall selection the Gamblers selected forward Chad Hillebrand. In rounds 2 and 3, Green Bay chose forward Scout Truman and defenseman Philipp Mass.
Hillebrand (1/22/99) played this past year with the Flying Aces, registering 11 goals and 12 assists in 55 games. Prior to his time in the USHL, the 6’4/195 pound forward played in the NAHL with the Topeka Scarecrows. Hillebrand is from Park Ridge, Illinois.
Truman (10/15/02) played last season in the Alberta Junior Hockey League with the Drumheller Dragons. The Lethbridge, Alberta native tallied nine goals and 21 assists in 50 games for the Dragons. Truman is committed to UMass-Lowell.
Mass (9/30/00) played 10 games in the USHL with the Flying Aces and 16 games in the NAHL with Springfield this past year. Mass hails from Heidelberg, Germany.
Next up is the 2019 USHL Futures and Entry Drafts, May 6 and 7. Futures Draft consists solely of players born in 2003 and the Entry Drafts consists of any player who is eligible to play junior hockey in 2019-20. The Gamblers own the #3 overall pick in both drafts.
In June the Gamblers host their annual tryout camp, June 10-14 at the Resch Center. Camp features returning players, draft picks and free agents. Camp is free and open to the public.
The Green Bay Gamblers announced today that defenseman Noah Ganske has committed to Northern Michigan University of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.
Ganske suited up for 44 games this past season with the Gamblers registering eight points (4 goals, 4 assists). A product of Bloomington, MN, Ganske was selected by Green Bay in the sixth round (93rd overall) in Phase II of the 2018 USHL Draft.
Ganske joins the following Gamblers off the 2018-19 roster to commit to NCAA Division 1 school; Chase Pilawski (Lake Superior State), Tyler Spott (Northeastern), Brady Meyer (Minnesota-Duluth), Sam Huff (Minnesota), Xan Gurney (Western Michigan), Ryan O’Reilly (Denver), McKade Webster (Denver), Braden Costello (North Dakota), Jesse Tucker (Lake Superior State), Luke Mylymok (Minnesota Duluth), Nicholas Zabenah (Michigan), Noah Prokop (Nebraska Omaha), Ryan Ullan (Northern Michigan), Chris Giroday (Western Michigan) and Dylan Wendt (Michigan).
The Green Bay Gamblers and Madison Capitols are teaming up this weekend to raise funds for Multiple Sclerosis. A portion of ticket proceeds from the Gamblers home game on Friday will be donated to MS. The game is presented by Marco.
Former Gambler and Wisconsin Badger AJ Degenhardt will be at the game on Friday. Degenhardt was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2011. MS is a disease of the central nervous system in which the body’s immune system eats away at the protective covering of nerves.
“It’s been a struggle to cope with, especially early on,” says Degenhardt. “I am very thankful for the amount of support I’ve received from family, friends, and the organizations I’ve been a part of my entire life. Their support keeps me positive every day in this fight.”
Fans also have the chance to take part in an online auction to raise funds for Degenhardt and MS. Items include:
• San Jose Sharks team-signed jersey on behalf of Joe Pavelski, including autographs from Pavelski, Joe Thorton, Erik Karlsson, and Brent Burns
• Philadelphia Flyers team-signed jersey on behalf of Brian Elliott with signatures from Elliott, Sean Couturier, Claude Giroux, and Ryan Hartman (USNTDP ’10-’12)
• Chicago Blackhawks 2019-20 ticket package on behalf of Adam Burish
• University of Wisconsin – Madison 2018-19 team-signed jersey, 2018-19 team-signed stick, and 2019-20 “Evening At A Game” ticket package on behalf of Tony Granato
Auction will go “Live” on Wednesday. Click on the link below to access the auction page:
Start time at the Resch Center is 7:05 PM. Fans 21 years of age and older can enjoy the Miller Lite beer special. For tickets go to the Resch Center box office or go online to gamblershockey.com Box office hours are Monday – Thursday, 11:00 – 5:00 PM and Friday beginning at 11:00 AM. For group tickets and beverage inclusive seating contact Greg at 405-1150.
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