MOE MANTHA JR – HEAD COACH & GM
Mantha comes to the Blizzard with a wealth of experience both playing and coaching throughout many levels of pro and amateur hockey. Mantha enjoyed a 12 year career in the NHL playing for the Winnipeg Jets, Edmonton Oilers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Philadelphia Flyers, and the Minnesota North Stars. Mantha was also a member of Team USA at the 1992 Olympics. He began his coaching career in 1994 with the Columbus Chill in the ECHL. From there he went on to coach the Cincinnati Might Ducks, affiliate of Anaheim in the AHL. After his time in pro minor league hockey, Mantha coached for 4 years in the NAHL with stints for the USNTDP in Ann Arbor and most recently with the Michigan Warriors. Mantha also coached in Canadian major junior hockey with the Windsor Spitfires, and the Saginaw Spirit of the OHL. Born outside of Cleveland in Lakewood, Ohio Mantha resides in Sturgeon Falls, Ontario with Kathy his wife of 35 years, and three children Ashley, Devin, and Brody.
ANDY CONTOIS – ASSOCIATE HEAD 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.
DAN GARNEAU – DIRECTOR OF PLAYER PERSONNEL
Dan Garneau is entering his first season with the Blizzard. Dan has spent the past two seasons with North American Central Scouting as scout who helps rank players for the NHL Draft. Garneau is a native of Medicine Hat, Alberta where he played his minor hockey. Before North American Central Scouting Dan was a regional scout for the Quebec Remparts and the Chicoutimi Sagueneens of the Quebec Major Junior League. Garneau also owns Elite Hockey Prep Camp which is based out of Toronto, Ontario. Elite Hockey Prep Camp helps moves players on to all levels of hockey from AAA to professional levels.