Pat Mikesch enters his fourth season as Head Coach/General Manager of the Green Bay Gamblers. He is the seventh head coach/GM in the history of the franchise.
In three seasons, Mikesch has compiled an 89-72-9-10 record guiding the Gamblers to the playoffs during the 2015-2016 season.
This past season, 23 players on the Gamblers roster received NCAA Division I scholarships. In June, Casey Mittlestadt became the highest NHL draft pick in franchise history when he was selected eighth overall in the first round by the Buffalo Sabres. Goaltender Maksim Zhukov also heard his name called in the fourth round of the 2017 NHL Draft when he was drafted by the Las Vegas Golden Knights.
Mikesch led the Gamblers to the second best regular season record (37-16-4) in the 17-team United States Hockey League during the 2015-2016 season. The Resch Center provided quite an advantage, as the Gamblers finished with a league best 23-5-2 record on their home ice. Individually, goaltender Adam Huska set a USHL record for goals against average (1.82). Huska was also tops among all USHL goaltenders in save percentage (.931). Defenseman Andrew Peeke was drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the second round (34th overall) of the 2016 NHL Draft. Peeke was also named the 2016 USHL Scholar Athlete of the Year and to the 2016 USHL All-Rookie First Team.
From 2011 to 2014, Mikesch served as the team’s Associate Head Coach and Director of Player Personnel . In his first year, Mikesch was instrumental in leading the Gamblers to both the Anderson and Clark Cups, never losing consecutive games throughout the regular season or playoffs. The team’s regular season mark of 47-9-4 set a USHL Tier 1 record for wins in a season, fewest loses, points in a season (98), and road victories in a season (25). The team also made history at the annual NHL Draft as Jordan Schmaltz became the second Gambler, joining Blake Wheeler (Phoenix Coytoes/2004) to be drafted in the first round (St. Louis Blues 25th overall). At the 2014 NHL Draft, Jordan’s brother Nick, who played two seasons in Green Bay (2012-14) was selected in the first round by the Chicago Blackhawks.
Prior to the Gamblers, Mikesch spent six seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Michigan Tech University of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. On the international level, Mikesch has 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 is a perfect 15-0-0
Mikesch was a four-year member (1992-96) of Michigan Tech’s hockey team. The Hancock, Michigan native helped the Huskies to three WCHA Final Fives in four years. During his freshman campaign, Mikesch was named to the WCHA All-Rookie Team as well as Michigan Tech’s Freshman of the Year. Mikesch was a three time member of the WCHA ALL-Academic Team and served as the Huskies team captain for the 1995-96 season. 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.
Mikesch is no stranger to the USHL spending a pair of seasons with the Des Moines Buccaneers (1990-92). Mikesch was a teammate of former Gamblers head coach Eric Rud on the 1992 Buccaneers team that captured the Clark Cup.
Pat and his wife Amiee currently reside in Green Bay, Wisconsin. They have two sons, Austin and Eliott and a daughter, Kallianne.
Ryan Petersen enters his first season as an assistant coach for the Green Bay Gamblers.
Petersen spent the previous season with Lawrence University (Appleton, WI) as associate head coach. Duties included scouting, recruiting, practice/game preparation and day-to-day operations. Petersen also spent time as an assistant coach with St. Norbert and the Madison Capitols.
Petersen played two seasons in the USHL serving as the Gamblers team captain during the 2004-2005 season. As a collegiate player, Petersen played four seasons at St. Norbert (DePere, WI) tallying 34 goals and 39 assists for the Green Knights. A two-year team captain, Petersen led the Green Knights to three NCHA regular season titles, two Peters Cups and the 2008 NCAA Division III title. Overall, St. Norbert was 96-18-9 during Petersen’s four years. The North St. Paul, Minnesota native was twice named to the NCHA All-Academic team.
Grant Arnold enters his first season as an assistant coach for the Green Bay Gamblers. Arnold spent the previous season as an assistant captain for the Quad City Mallards of the East Coast Hockey League where he helped guide the team to their first 40-win season in franchise history.
Arnold played three seasons in Green Bay for coaches Jon Cooper, Eric Rud and Derek Lalonde. During his three years, the Gamblers reached the Clark Cup Finals in three consecutive seasons (2010, 2011, 2012), hoisted two Clark Cups (2010, 2012) and two Anderson Cups (2009, 2012). Arnold served as an assistant captain during the 2010-2011 season and captain during the 2011-2012 season.
Arnold played his colligate hockey at the University of Denver. The Centennial, CO native served as team captain for his junior and senior campaigns. By doing so, he was the first player in 62 years to serve as team captain in back-to-back seasons. In his four years at Denver, the Pioneers qualified for the NCAA tournament four times and were crowned NCAA Division 1 national champions in 2014. In 2014-15, Arnold received the Dr. Ralph Verploeg Award, presented to the Pioneers’ Most Inspirational player. That same year, Arnold received NCHC Academic All-Conference recognition.
Hofmann enters his fourth season as the Director of Scouting for the Gamblers. Prior to his time in Green Bay, Hofmann worked for the USHL serving as the league’s Manager or Player Development. Hofmann also spent time as an assistant coach with the Tri City Storm (2012-13), as well as at the NCAA Division III level with alma mater, St. Mary’s (2004-08) and St. Scholastica (2008-10)
Hofmann has roots in the USHL as he played for the Dubuque Fighting Saints during the 1999-2000 season. After one season in Dubuque, Hofmann took his talents to the collegiate level, suiting up for the St. Mary’s Cardinals. The Sartell, Minnesota native appeared in 98 games for the Cardinals from 2000-2004, tallying 97 points (36 goals & 61 assists). Hofmann garnered MIAC All-Conference honors during his senior campaign.
Collin Bartelme enters his first season as the Gamblers Equipment Manager.
Bartelme spent last season as an assistant hockey coach for Ashwaubenon High School. His duties included running drills and conducting team building activities. He also worked as a sales associate at Center Ice Skate and Sport in Green Bay where he provided customer assistance in selecting and sizing equipment and sharpening skates.
Ryan enters his 4th season as the Gamblers Goaltending Coach.
Ryan is a professional Goaltending Consultant, and the President of GDI USA. He is an understudy of GDI Founder and Columbus Blue Jackets Goaltending Coach Ian Clark and has also studied under Tampa Bay Lightning Goaltending Coach Frantz Jean and Carolina Hurricanes Goaltending Coach David Marcoux. Ryan has been coaching since 1999, including 6 seasons in the ECHL, the premier AA Pro Hockey League in North America.
Ryan has worked with 4 goaltenders in the ECHL that have gone on to play in the NHL. Many of his affiliated students currently play in the AHL, ECHL, NCAA, USHL, NAHL, USPHL, Tier 1 Youth, all amateur levels of the game, and include 10 individual accolades. The 2015, 2014, 2012, 2010, and 2009 ECHL Goaltender of the Year award winners, the 2016 USHL Goaltender of the Year, the 2017 and 2016 USPHL-Premier Goaltender of the Year, the 2014 USPHL-Elite Goaltender of the Year, and the 2011 EJHL Goaltender of the Year.
Carl Lackey enters his 13th year as the Gamblers honorary coach.
Lackey played his collegiate hockey at Michigan State University under legendary coach Amo Bessone. The Sault Ste. Marie,Michigan native captained the Spartans in 1964. That same season, Lackey garnered First Team All American Honors. A draft choice of the Detroit Red Wings, Lackey played 10 years of professional, seven of which were spent with the Green Bay Bobcats. Lackey also represented the United Statesat the 1969 World Championships in Sweden and again in 1974 in Yugoslavia.
A member of the Upper Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame, Lackey retired from professional hockey in 1974. After his playing career, Lackey remained in the Green Bay area serving as Guidance Counselor at Green Bay East, Preble and Southwest High Schools.
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