Green Bay Gamblers

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Green Bay Gamblers
Green Bay Gamblers Logo.svg
City Green Bay, Wisconsin
League USHL
Division East
Founded 1994
Home arena Resch Center
Colors

Black, Gold, White

              
Owner(s) PMI Entertainment Group
General manager Pat Mikesch (2014-15)
Head coach Pat Mikesch (2014-15)
Franchise history
1994–present Green Bay Gamblers

The Green Bay Gamblers are a Tier 1 junior ice hockey team in the East Division of the United States Hockey League. They play in Green Bay, Wisconsin, at the Resch Center.

History[edit]

Since their inception into the United States Hockey League in 1994 the Green Bay Gamblers have been one of the premiere junior "A" hockey franchises in all of North America. To their credit the Gamblers have won two Junior A, Tier 2 National Championships (Gold Cups in 1996 and 1997), five Anderson Cups (1996, 1997, 2009, 2010, and 2012), four Clark Cups (1996, 2000, 2010, and 2012), four USHL Eastern Division titles, and one USHL Northern Division title. Since the USHL became Tier 1 in 2002, the Clark Cup also represents that level's national championship.

Accomplishments[edit]

20 players selected in the NHL Entry Draft

100 future, current, and former NCAA Division I players

19 alumni playing professional hockey

Along with the team championships, the Gamblers have also had a great deal of success in moving their players onto the next level. At the collegiate level, over 100 players whom the Gamblers logo has adorned have received collegiate scholarships. Professionally, the Gamblers are also a household name, as 20 of their players have been selected in the annual National Hockey League Entry Draft.

In 2002, no other junior hockey team in North America had more players selected in the NHL Entry Draft. In that draft Green Bay had six players selected, five of whom played together on the 2001-02 squad. The Gamblers duplicated their success at the draft in 2005, when six players were selected, including Blake Wheeler who was taken with the 5th overall pick by the Phoenix Coyotes.

Another entity that makes the Gamblers one of the premiere junior programs is their facility, the Resch Center. Arguably the best junior hockey facility in North America, the Resch Center opened its doors in 2002 and seats 8,800 for hockey.

With the team championships, players movement to the next level, and a grade “A” facility, the Green Bay Gamblers are a glowing example of why the USHL is the top Tier 1 hockey league in the United States.

Alumni[edit]

Professionals[edit]

Source[1]

Last Name, First Name USHL Team(s) Professional Team (Professional League)
Anderson, Rob North Iowa/Green Bay Pee Dee (ECHL)
Babin, Noah Green Bay Albany (AHL)
Baby, Stephen Green Bay Springfield (AHL)
Baraniuk, Jesse Thunder Bay/Green Bay Pensacola (ECHL)
Blair, Scott Green Bay Mississippi (ECHL)
Boeser, Dan Green Bay Milwaukee (AHL)
Braun, Justin Green Bay San Jose (NHL)
Brooks, Alex Green Bay New Jersey (NHL)
Burish, Adam Green Bay San Jose (NHL)
Canzanello, Andy Green Bay Syracuse (AHL)
Carter, Ryan Green Bay New Jersey(NHL)
Cermak, Peter Dubuque/Green Bay Hershey (AHL)
Christiansen, Doug Green Bay Manchester (AHL)
Conklin, Ty Green Bay St. Louis (NHL)
Contois, Andy Green Bay Stockton (ECHL)
Crabb, Joey Green Bay Toronto (NHL)
Cummings, Brian Green Bay Lowell (AHL)
Dehner, Jeremy Green Bay Jokerit (Finland) (Europe)
Dejdar, Marian Green Bay Bremerhaven (Germany) (Europe)
Eichelberger, John Green Bay South Carolina (ECHL)
Engel, Josh Green Bay Toronto (AHL)
Engelhardt, Brett Green Bay Grand Rapids (AHL)
Finger, Jeff Green Bay Toronto (AHL)
Fox, Aaron Green Bay Richmond (ECHL)
Golden, Matt Green Bay Peoria (ECHL)
Gordon, Heath Green Bay Wheeling (ECHL)
Granato, Kevin Green Bay Peoria (ECHL)
Greene, Matt Green Bay Los Angeles Kings (NHL)
Gruden, Luke Green Bay Peoria (ECHL)
Guenin, Nate Green Bay Springfield (AHL)
Hammond, Brett Green Bay Fresno (ECHL)
Harper, Mike Green Bay Port Huron (UHL)
Hartman, John Green Bay Motor City (UHL)
Higgins, Nate Green Bay Port Huron (IHL)
Hill, Ed Green Bay Peoria (AHL)
Johnson, Josh Green Bay South Carolina (ECHL)
Johnson, Matt Green Bay Augusta (ECHL)
Jones, Matt Green Bay Phoenix (NHL)
Lee, Anders Green Bay New York Islanders (NHL)
Lush, Tristan Green Bay Mississippi (ECHL)
Lynch, Chris Green Bay Bridgeport (AHL)
Mason, Bob Green Bay (Bobcats) Vancouver (NHL)
Miskovich, Aaron Green Bay Hershey (AHL)
Notermann, Jason Green Bay Milwaukee (AHL)
O'Neill, Wes Green Bay Bridgeport (AHL)
Penko, Jure Green Bay Cincinnati (ECHL)
Pfligler, Eric Green Bay/Chicago Odessa (CHL)
Preissing, Tom Green Bay Karpat (SM-Liga)
Pugliese, Billy Green Bay Muskegon (UHL)
Seidel, Eric Green Bay Elmira (UHL)
Sevela, Peter Green Bay Zvolen (Slovakia) (Europe)
Sinisalo, Tomas Green Bay Blues (Finland) (Europe)
Smith, Aaron Green Bay Wheeling (ECHL)
Stapleton, Tim Green Bay Atlanta (NHL)
Stauffacher, Chad Green Bay Peoria (ECHL)
Stauffacher, Luke Green Bay Fresno (ECHL)
Steward, Dallas Green Bay Pensacola (ECHL)
Syroczynski, Matt Green Bay Cincinnati (ECHL)
Taylor, Jake Green Bay Oklahoma City (AHL)
Thorp, Ernie Green Bay/Sioux City Rockford (UHL)
Vanderboom, Scott Green Bay Springfield (All American Hockey League)
Welch, Kevin Green Bay Dayton (ECHL)
Wheeler, Blake Green Bay Winnipeg (NHL)
Wilson, Avery Green Bay Cincinnati (ECHL)
Zasowski, Tony Green Bay/Omaha Dayton (ECHL)
Ziedins, Maris Green Bay Stockton (ECHL)
Zwiers, Scott Green Bay Fayetteville (SPHL)

NHL[edit]

21 Gamblers alumni have appeared in the NHL: Ty Conklin, Matt Jones, Matt Greene, Jeff Finger, Alex Brooks, Nate Guenin, Adam Burish, Joey Crabb, Blake Wheeler, Ryan Carter, Tim Stapleton, Wes O'Neill, Michael Forney, Victor Oreskovich, Tom Preissing, Sean Backman, Eric Gryba, Mike Sislo, Stu Bickel, Justin Braun, and Anders Lee. (Note: Bob Mason played for the Green Bay Bobcats, not the Gamblers.)

Three alums have won the Stanley Cup a total of four times: Carter with the Anaheim Ducks (2007) and Burish with the Chicago Blackhawks (2010) and Matt Greene with Los Angeles in 2012 and 2014.

On March 25, 2013, former Gamblers head coach Jon Cooper was named the head coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning.[2] He is the first USHL coaching alum to lead an NHL team.

Olympians[edit]

Maris Ziedens appeared in the 2006 Winter Olympic Games, played in Turin, Italy, for his native Latvia. Latvia finished 12th.

Blake Wheeler was selected to the Team USA roster for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, in Sochi, Russia. [3]

NCAA champions[edit]

Gamblers alumni have played on multiple NCAA men's hockey national champions teams:

2014: Patrick McCadden and Tony Kujava with St. Norbert College (D3). Ryan Peterson, assistant coach

2013: Mitch Witek with Yale (D1)

2011: Aaron Crandall and Keegan Flaherty with Minnesota-Duluth (D1)

2011: Brandon Longley and Nick Tabisz with St. Norbert College (D3)

2009: Eric Gryba with Boston University (D1)

2008: Brandon Longley, Ryan Petersen, and Nick Tabisz with St. Norbert College (D3)

2006: Adam Burish, A.J. Degenhardt, Josh Engel, and Kyle Klubertanz with Wisconsin (D1)

2003: Judd Stevens with Minnesota (D1)

2002: Judd Stevens with Minnesota (D1)

2000: Jason Notermann with North Dakota (D1)

Hobey Baker Award candidates[edit]

While no Gamblers alumni have won Hobey Baker Award (presented annually to college hockey's best player), several have been one of ten finalists. They include: Adam Wilcox, Minnesota, 2014; Austin Czarnik, Miami, 2013; Zane Kalemba, Princeton, 2009; Eric Ehn, Air Force, 2008; Ty Conklin, New Hampshire, 2000 and 2001.

Roster[edit]

As of October 25, 2012.[4]

# S/P/C Player Pos Ht Wt DoB Hometown Previous team College commitment
4 California Kirk, BrandonBrandon Kirk D 6' 2" 195 lb 1992-11-24 La Verne, California Colorado Rampage U18 (Midget AAA) Dartmouth
5 Colorado Olofsson, GustavGustav Olofsson D 6' 2" 189 lb 1994-12-01 Broomfield, Colorado Colorado Thunderbirds U18 (Midget AAA) Colorado College
7 Michigan Schilkey, NicholasNicholas Schilkey F 5' 10" 175 lb 1994-05-12 Smiths Creek, Michigan Honeybaked U18 (Midget AAA) Ohio State
8 Michigan Dries, SheldonSheldon Dries F 5' 10" 168 lb 1994-04-23 Macomb, Michigan Belle Tire U18 (Midget AAA) Western Michigan
9 Wisconsin Schmaltz, NickNick Schmaltz F 5' 11" 170 lb 1996-02-23 Verona, Wisconsin Chicago Mission U16 (Midget AAA) North Dakota
11 Minnesota Olson, TrevorTrevor Olson F 6' 2" 190 lb 1993-11-22 Duluth, Minnesota Duluth East (USHS–MN) None
12 Illinois Chatham, KyleKyle Chatham D 6' 3" 205 lb 1993-02-17 Belleville, Illinois St. Louis Amateur Blues U18 (Midget AAA) None
14 Ohio Irwin, KevinKevin Irwin F 6' 0" 175 lb 1993-07-09 Hinckley, Ohio Des Moines (USHL) Ohio State
16 New Jersey Weis, MatthewMatthew Weis F 5' 11" 186 lb 1995-05-23 Madison, New Jersey Corpus Christi (NAHL) Ohio State
17 Minnesota Weberg, SebastianSebastian Weberg F 5' 7" 150 lb 1993-12-08 Faribault, Minnesota Shattuck-St. Mary's (Midget AAA) None
20 Michigan Wolanin, ChristianChristian Wolanin D 6' 1" 175 lb 1995-03-17 Rochester, Michigan Little Caesars U18 (Midget AAA) None
22 Arizona Lemieux, BrendanBrendan Lemieux F 6' 0" 190 lb 1996-03-15 Phoenix, Arizona Toronto Red Wings (Midget AAA) North Dakota
23 Minnesota Gross, JordanJordan Gross D 5' 11" 175 lb 1995-05-09 Maple Grove, Minnesota Maple Grove (USHS–MN) Notre Dame
24 California Siroky, RyanRyan Siroky F 6' 0" 200 lb 1995-02-03 Manhattan Beach, California L.A. Jr. Kings U16 (Midget AAA) Miami
25 Iowa Nong-Lambert, WillemWillem Nong-Lambert F 6' 0" 190 lb 1994-03-10 Urbandale, Iowa Russell Stover U18 (Midget AAA) None
36 Slovakia Sabol, RichardRichard Sabol G 5' 10" 185 lb 1994-01-31 Prešov, Slovakia HC '05 Banská Bystrica U20 (Slovakia U20) None
39 Missouri Novak, KyleKyle Novak F 5' 10" 178 lb 1992-10-13 O'Fallon, Missouri St. Louis Amateur Blues U18 (Midget AAA) Western Michigan
41 New York Rotolo, MichaelMichael Rotolo G 6' 2" 240 lb 1993-10-01 Rochester, New York Buffalo Regals U18 (Midget AAA) St. Lawrence
42 Pennsylvania Kaib, BarrettBarrett Kaib D 5' 10" 193 lb 1993-02-07 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Providence (HEA) None
65 Alberta Gallacher, BenBen Gallacher D 5' 11" 180 lb 1992-09-11 Calgary, Alberta Ohio State (CCHA) UMass
72 North Dakota Blair, SethSeth Blair F 6' 2" 200 lb 1993-07-09 Bismarck, North Dakota Minot (NAHL) None
81 Sweden Winborg, AdamAdam Winborg F 6' 1" 190 lb 1995-03-31 Stockholm, Sweden AIK J20 (J20 SuperElit) None
88 Wisconsin Linhart, JakeJake Linhart D 5' 10" 160 lb 1996-01-17 Brookfield, Wisconsin Chicago Mission U16 (Midget AAA) Wisconsin
91 Michigan Kile, AlexAlex Kile F 6' 0" 185 lb 1994-07-09 Troy, Michigan Honeybaked U18 (Midget AAA) Michigan
97 Russia Dikushin, GrigoryGrigory Dikushin F 5' 8" 160 lb 1995-01-20 Moscow, Russia CSKA (MHL) None

Head coaches[edit]

Don Granato (1994–97)
Mark Osiecki (1997-2004)
Mark Mazzoleni (2004-2008)
Dave Insalaco (2008) (interim)
Jon Cooper (2008-2010)
Eric Rud (2010–11)
Derek Lalonde (2011–2104) Lalonde quit June 2, 2014 to be head coach of the ECHL Toledo Walleye
Pat Mikesch (2014- )

10th anniversary team[edit]

The team's 10th anniversary was celebrated with the selection of first and second "all decade" squads.

First team: Goalie - Ty Conklin; Defense - Tom Preissing, Jeff Finger; Forwards - Tim Stapleton, Adam Burish, Stephen Baby

Second team: Goalie - Jure Penko; Defense - Matt Greene, Jake Taylor; Forwards - Joe Crabb, Luke Stauffacher, Aaron Smith

20th Anniversary team[edit]

The team's 20th anniversary marked the selection of another all-time team.

  • Goalie: Ryan McKay
  • Defense: Jeff Finger and David Makowski
  • Forwards: Anders Lee, Chad Stauffacher and Alex Broadhurst
  • Coach: Jon Cooper

Home rinks[edit]

From when the Gamblers entered the league at the start of the 1994-1995 season through the 2001-2002 season the team's primary venue was at the Brown County Veterans Memorial Arena. For the start of the 2002-2003 season the Gamblers moved into the Resch Center which was a state-of-the-art arena which was built on the opposite side of Shopko Hall. It seats 8,800 for hockey and is considered not only the best facility in the USHL but also the best junior hockey facility in the country.[citation needed] The team does still play at the Arena a few times each season due to scheduling conflicts however the Resch Center is now the team's primary venue.

During the years at the Arena other venues were sometimes used due to scheduling conflicts. These include, The De Pere Ice & Recreation Center, the Brown County Youth Hockey Arena, the Cornerstone Community Center, Fond du Lac's Blue Line Ice Center, Beaver Dam Ice Arena, Greenheck Ice Center in Schofield.

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