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BLIZZARD NAME DEVIN MANTHA AS ASSISTANT COACH
The Brookings Blizzard (NAHL) are proud to announce the hiring of Devin Mantha as Assistant Coach for the 2018-19 Season!
“We’re excited that Devin has accepted the position of Assistant Coach with the Brookings Blizzard for the 2018-19 Season. Devin’s Journey as a hockey player mirrors the experience that our players are striving for. His accomplishments as a player combined with his proven track record as a leader both on and off the ice make him an ideal candidate for this position.” Says Blizzard Owner, Chris Canavati.
Devin joins the Blizzard after 5 seasons of professional hockey in the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) and the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL), amassing over 200 points in those 5 seasons. Included in these years were two years of Captain for the Mississippi Riverkings (SPHL) and a year as Alternate Captain. During his time in the SPHL, Mantha earned a Community Service Award as well as tied two SPHL records (Most Points in a SPHL game with 7 and most goals in a SPHL game at 5). Mantha also spent time with the Fort Wayne Komets (ECHL) as well as the Norfolk Admirals (ECHL).
“I’m honored to have the opportunity to join the Blizzard. I’m looking forward to the challenges that come with coaching a team. I’m excited to help any way I can to develop these young men and move them on to higher levels of hockey and onwards to their own personal goals.” Says Devin Mantha
Prior to professional hockey, Devin attended the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire where he guided his team to a DIII National Championship in 2013, all while earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a minor in Leadership. His time at Eau Claire came after two season playing for the University of Miami – Ohio, where they clinched a CCHA regular season title and a spot in the Frozen Four in 2010.
“I am very pleased to have Devin join the coaching staff of the Brookings Blizzard this season. Devin brings with him the skills, patientce, and experience that the players can identify with, and profit from. He will be a valuable resource for the players and myself. He has always had the passion for the game as a player, and now he brings that passion to coaching” says Blizzard Head Coach/GM Moe Mantha.
BOYER NAMED TO CENTRAL DIVISION 1ST TEAM
Josh Boyer selected to All NAHL Central Division Team! Boyer, who recently committed to the University of Nebraska-Omaha, had a standout rookie year in Brookings, leading the entire league in Rookie Scoring with 58 points (27-31-58) in 58 games. The Blizzard Forward also selected to represent the All NAHL Selects Red during Top Prospects this past season, where he notched one goal in two games. Boyer was also awarded “Team MVP” and “Rookie of the Year” by his teammates in Brookings.
BLIZZARD NAME GOALTENDER COACH
Rob Liddell has been named the Blizzard Goalie Coach for the 2018-19 season. Liddell hails from the Detroit area, where he has recently been working with the Little Caesar AAA programs. Rob first attended college at Oakland University in Michigan, and then transferred to Eastern Michigan where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education. Rob played club hockey for Oakland and Eastern Michigan, and now uses his teaching background with goalies at the amateur, college, and professional levels. Liddell is part owner of Goalie Coaches, which is an internet based company that provides coaching for goalies throughout the United States that don’t necessarily have a goalie coach dedicated to them. Liddell is excited to bring his experience and knowledge to Brookings where he wants to build a culture for goalies and establish Brookings as a goaltender destination. Liddell forms one on one relationships with his goaltenders, and it’s through that rapport that allows his students to receive the tools to help them reach their potential. Tyler Parsons is one of Liddell’s noted students. Parsons was the Gold Medal winning goaltender for the United States in the World Juniors two years ago. Parson’s was a 2nd round pick for the Calgary Flames in the 2016 NHL Draft. And is currently in the Flames farm system.
The Brookings Blizzard, proud members of the NAHL, are pleased to announce that Derek Hammer has committed to play college hockey at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire. Hammer, (5’10”/170) has played two years with the Blizzard racking up 42 points in 107 regular season games. Hammer was selected for the Top Prospect Tournament in 2017 representing Team Central, and also played in five playoff games with Brookings tallying a goal and two assists.
“I’m happy for Derek to get this opportunity to continue his hockey career, and get an education at the same time.” Moe Mantha Brooking Blizzard Head Coach
Josh Boyer Makes Division I Commitment
The Brookings Blizzard, proud members of the NAHL, are pleased to announce that Josh Boyer has committed to play Division I college hockey at the University of Nebraska Omaha, a member of the NCHC Conference. Boyer, who grew up in Omaha, NE has been a standout in his first year in Brookings with his point a game production. Boyer (6’2”/182) has led the Blizzard in points (56), goals (27), assists (29), and power play points with 16. Boyer’s two game winning goals both came in overtime. Boyer was selected to play in this year’s Top Prospect Tournament where he scored one goal in two games for Select Team Red.
“I feel honored and excited to have this opportunity to play Division I hockey for the University of Nebraska Omaha. Once I visited campus I knew it was the right choice. It gave me a feeling of familiarity, since I used to go to UNO games in my younger years. I like the coach’s philosophy and their dedication to continuing my development into the best hockey player I can be. I’d like to thank Coach Moe Mantha for my time in Brookings. I’ll use what I learned from Moe throughout my career, and in life. I want to also thank my family and my teammates for all their support” Josh Boyer Brookings Blizzard
“Josh is a leader by example with his work ethic both on and off the ice. UNO is getting a very good hockey player with tons of potential ahead of him. Boyer has great character who will one day be a leader for the Mavericks” Moe Mantha Brooking Blizzard Head Coach
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