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BLIZZARD NAME BROCK WILSON AS NEW ASSISTANT COACH
The Brookings Blizzard are proud to announce that Brock Wilson has accepted the position as Assistant Coach. Wilson was born and raised in Des Peres, Missouri, which is a suburb of St. Louis where he has been coaching the AAA U16 team. While in St. Louis Wilson coached 5 NHL first round draft picks in 2016 including the Minnesota Wild’s Luke Kunin, and the Calgary Flame’s Matthew Tkachuk. Wilson also is a strength and conditioning coach with NHL clients in St. Louis including Vladimir Tarasenko, and Pat Maroon. This past year Wilson shadowed his mentor NHL Hall of Famer Doug Gilmour with the Kingston Frontenac’s learning all the aspects of what it takes to be a General Manager. Wilson has an extensive resume which includes scouting for the OHL, and USHL over past 4 years. Wilson also was founder of The Down Syndrome Association of Greater St. Louis which is hockey camp tailored to those with special needs.
As a defensemen Wilson’s junior playing career started in 2001 with the Brockville Braves of CJHL where he played for three years, and also played in the NAHL in ’03-‘04 with the Springfield Spirit. After the ’04-’05 season where he played for the Gloucester Rangers in the CJHL, Wilson went on to play two years of division I hockey for Merrimack College. (Hockey East) Wilson’s professional career started in ’07-’08 with the Albany River Rats in the American Hockey League (AHL). Brock played six more seasons of professional hockey for teams in the IHL, ECHL, CHL, and one year in England.
“I’m thankful to Moe Mantha and Chris Canavati for giving me this opportunity to coach. In talking with those two I felt that this will be a great fit for me, and I can’t wait to get started. I’m going to use everything I’ve learned throughout my playing and professional career to help our players both on and off the ice.” Brock Wilson – Brookings Blizzard Assistant Coach
“I’m very excited to bring Brock on board. He has hockey in his bloodline with his father playing professional hockey for 12 years including 5 in the NHL. Brock’s impressive resume, and great attitude towards community involvement shows that he is the perfect fit for Brookings.” Moe Mantha Brookings Blizzard Head Coach
CARDELLI TO PLAY DIVISION I AT BEMIDJI STATE
The Brookings Blizzard, proud members of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), are pleased to announce that forward Nick Cardelli has committed to play NCAA Division I hockey for Bemidji State University in the WCHA.
Cardelli, 20, is coming off a great season with the Blizzard in 2016-17. The native of Bloomingdale, Illinois, was tied for 2nd on team in scoring with 53 points (20 goals, 33 points) in 59 games played during the regular season.
Cardelli (5’10/175) was named the NAHL Forward of the Month in February 2017, as he recorded 14 points in nine games.
Cardelli was also selected to and played in the 2017 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament for the Central Division team, where he had one assists in two games played.
“I would like to thank my family, friends, Billet families, and coaches along the way that have helped me achieve my goal of playing NCAA Division I college hockey. I have a great relationship with the coaching staff at Bemidji State, and can’t wait to be a Beaver.”
During the 2015-16 season, Cardelli played in 26 games for the Blizzard and recorded 15 points. In 85 games in his NAHL career, he has recorded 68 points.
Prior to playing in the NAHL, Cardelli played for the Chicago Mission 18U team in the HPHL.
Andy Contois Joins the Bloomington Thunder
The Brookings Blizzard are proud to announce that Associate Head Coach Andy Contois has accepted the position as Assistant Coach for the Bloomington Thunder in the USHL. Contois coached with the Blizzard for the last two years, after an extensive pro career throughout the United States and Europe. In his two years, Contois used his leadership, and offensive mind to help Brookings to back to back playoff appearances. Contois showed his recruiting skills in bringing NAHL Rookie of the Year Paul Cotter to Brookings, along with the other Blizzard rookies. Contois also played a huge role in youth hockey as Co – Director of the Brookings Ice Skating Association, where he worked countless hours teaching and developing fundamentals, and skills throughout every level of the program.
“The Blizzard organization is excited to see Andy get this opportunity. This is just another step in his progression. We are grateful for the two years he has been with us and we certainly look forward to watching him continue to climb the coaching ranks. His keen eye for talent and his ability to build relationships with players will be an asset to any organization. We wish him the best in his future endeavors.” Brookings Blizzard Owner Chris Canavati.
“I want to thank Andy for his hard work in the short time I knew him. He made the transition as seamless as possible, and I wish him the best of luck in his hockey career.” Brookings Blizzard Head Coach Moe Mantha.
The Brookings Blizzard 2017-2018 full season schedule.
As in seasons past, this year the Blizzard will host 28 home games to be played at Larson Ice Center as well as 28 road games throughout the upper midwest region. The first 4 regular season games will be played at the 15th Annual NAHL Showcase to be held at Schwan’s Super Rink in Blaine, MN from September 20-23. Clink on the link below to see a full calendar of this year’s contests. Looking to become a Blizzard Season Ticket Holder? Call Mark or Taylor in the Blizzard Front Office at 605.592.9114 to see how you can become a part of the Blizzard family!
EACH TICKET PURCHASED AT BOZIEDS COMES WITH ONE COMPLIMENTARY BEER TOKEN.
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