Blizzard name Devin Mantha as the club’s new Assistant Coach

BROOKINGS, SD      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,” said 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,” said 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, patience, 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,” said Blizzard Head Coach and General Manager Moe Mantha.