DAN DAIKAWA – HEAD COACH & GM
Dan Daikawa is entering this third season with the Brookings Blizzard. Before the Blizzard, Daikawa worked with the Minnesota Wilderness where he was Assistant Coach and helped guide the Wilderness to the fourth best winning percentage in the league and a 37 win season. Prior to that he was with the Jamestown Ironman of the NAHL, where he was the Head Coach/GM for two seasons. During the 2012-13 season he led the team to 37 wins and a birth to the Robertson Cup. Before Jamestown, Daikawa served as the Head Coach of the Miami University club team of the American Collegiate Hockey Association, where he guided the program to four consecutive national tournament appearances. As a player, Daikawa skated in the United States Hockey League (USHL) before playing at Miami University from 1991-94. He was named to the CCHA All-Rookie Team his freshman season and was a member of the Redhawks team that advanced to the NCAA tournament in 1992. After college Daikawa embarked on a successful playing career in Japan, where he played 11 years in the JIHL and AHL. He was four-time member of the Japanese National Team, playing on four Pool A World Championship squads and was a member of the Japanese Olympic Team. Dan and his wife, Lori, live in Brookings with their 3 children: Kullan, Makenna, and Cooper.
ANDY CONTOIS – ASSISTANT COACH
Andy Contois, born in Marquette Michigan, grew up playing for the Marquette Electricians. This will be his second season with the Blizzard, with the previous 10 years playing professional hockey in North America (3) and Europe (7). During his time in Europe he played in Germany, Swedan, Finland, Denmark, Hungary, and the Netherlands. He was a 3-time scoring leader in Denmark (2x) and the Netherlands (1x). While in Denmark he also served as the Assistant Captain for 2 seasons. Prior to his professional career, Contois played collegiate hockey at Northern Michigan University where he was a 4-time qualifier to the CCHA Super 6 Championship. He was also the Captain of his team during his senior season and won several awards for his play: Jim Muscat Fitness Award Winner, Steve Bozek Top Forward Award Winner, and Claire Pantaloon Community Service Award Winner. Contois played junior hockey for the Springfield Jr. Blues (NAHL) and the Green Bay Gamblers (USHL). Andy enjoys fishing in his spare time.