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BJork Scores First NHL Goal

Congratulations to Anders Bjork who scored his first NHL goal for the Boston Bruins.  Anders ('96) was a  Jr Gambler his Pee Wee Major and Bantam Minor years.  

06 Pee Wee Minors take 2nd at CCM World Invite

Congratulations to the Pee Wee Minors who took 2nd place at the CCM World Invite in Nashville, TN last weekend.  They were victorious against the Connecticut Roughriders, Nashville Jr Predators,  Phoenix Jr Coyotes and the St. Louis AIC Prospects.  Their 2 losses on weekend both came to Belle Tire (2-1 in pool play and 5-4 in the Championship game).   Great work 06's back to back successful weekends!

Laatsch Commits to Badgers

Former 2002 birth year Jr Gambler Danny Laatsch has committed to Coach Tony Granato and the University of Wisconsin.  Details of Danny's commitment can be found here.  Best of luck Danny!

Jr Gambler Alum Commits to Badgers

Former Jr Gambler Casey Roepke ('02) has verbally committed to the University of Wisconsin.  Details  of Casey's commitment can be found here.  Congratulations Casey!

Former Jr Gambler Hockey Director Chupp Next Lincoln Stars Head Coach

Cody Chupp has been named the new head coach for the USHL Lincoln Stars.  The Jr Gambler organization is greatly thankful for the two years coach Chupp served as our hockey director and wish him and his wife Hailey and son Hudson the best of luck in Lincoln.  The official press release can be found here.

Janssen Signs with AHL Iowa Wild

Congratulations to alum Evan Janssen who signed a contract with the AHL Iowa Wild.  Details can be found here.  Best of luck Evan!

Appleton Signs with Winnipeg

The Winnipeg Jets announced this morning the signing of Jr Gambler alum Mason Appleton to a 3 year entry level NHL contract.  Mason played four years in the Jr Gambler program beginning as a Squirt.   In Mason's two years at Michigan State he registered 53 points (17 goals, 36 assists) in  72 career games.  As a freshman in 2015-2016, Mason earned the Spartans' Outstanding Rookie award with 22 points including a team high 17 assists.  Last season as a sophomore, he lead the Spartans in goals, assists and points earning the Most Outstanding Offensive Player and MVP awards.  

More details on Mason's signing can be found here.   Congratulations Mason!  

Karow Selected by Arizona in NHL Draft

Michael Karow ('98) was selected by the Arizona Coyotes in the 5th round of the 2017 NHL Draft.  His first interview with the Arizona media can be seen here.  Michael was a Jr Gambler from Squirt Majors through Bantam Majors.  Congratulations Michael!

Bjork Signs 3yr Deal with Bruins

Boston Herald, credit: Patrick Whittemore

Boston Herald, credit: Patrick Whittemore

Congratulations to Anders Bjork who has decided to forgo his senior season at the University of Notre Dame and instead has signed a 3yr entry level contract with the Boston Bruins.  The Boston Herald press release can be found here.  

Davison Signs with St. Norbert

Congratulations to Jr Gambler alum Luke Davison who will continue his playing career with St. Norbert College.  

Jr Gambler Peters Inks with Ohio State

Former Jr Gambler Collin Peters has signed with Ohio State University.  The official Lincoln Stars press release can be found here.  Best of luck Collin with the Buckeyes!

5 Jr Gamblers Selected for National Development Camp

Former Jr Gamblers Brendan Poshak, Carson Bantle, Cade Lemmer, Daniel Laatsch and Casey Roepke have been selected from the Central Districts Camp held last weekend for USA Hockey's National Development Camp July 15th - 19th in Williamsville, NY.  Congratulations boys, great work!

Brian Rafalski Joins Jr Gambler Organization

We would like to welcome 3 time Stanley Cup champion, 3 time Olympian and 2014 United States Hockey Hall of Fame inductee Brian Rafalski and his family  to the Jr Gambler organization.  Prior to joining the Jr Gamblers, Brian coached AAA youth hockey the last four seasons for the Florida Alliance were his teams finished first nationally for the 2013 and 2014 seasons and 3rd nationally for the 2015 and 2016 seasons.  Brian joins Nate Bolton and Sean Fromolz as coaches of the 04 Bantam Minor team.  

Janssen and Ogard are National Champs!

Congratulations to alums Evan Janssen and Greg Ogard on capping off their senior season as NCAA Division I national champs.  Great job Evan, Greg and the rest of the Denver Pioneers!

 Further details can be found here.

Jr Gambler Chris Nell Inks with New York Rangers

The Jr Gamblers are proud to announce alum Chris Nell has recently signed an entry level contract with the New York Rangers.  Details of Chris' signing can be found here.  Best of luck Chris!  

NCAA Tournament

Congratulations to our alumni and their teammates that participated in the the 2017 NCAA tournament this season!

Division I National Champions
Denver Pioneers - Evan Janssen & Greg Ogard

Division I Frozen Four
Notre Dame Fighting Irish - Anders Bjork

NCAA Division I Tournament 
Michigan Tech Huskies - Cliff Watson
Ohio State Buckeyes - Sam McCormick


Division III Frozen Four
St Norbert Green Knights
Riley Christensen, Luke Karakas, Tony Kujava, Ross Pavek and Nick LeSage

Where are they now???

Click on the ALUMNI tab at the top of the page to see the growing list of Jr Gambler alumni who continue to advance in their hockey careers.  Do you have updated information on one of our alumni? If so, email us at with the players contact info. 

Anderson, Calder and Watson Selected in USHL Draft

Congratulations to Hugh Anderson '99, Ashton Calder '98 (Lake Superior State commit) and Carver Watson '98 (Michigan Tech commit) for being selected in this years USHL draft!

Ashton Calder - Lincoln Stars

Carver Watson - Green Bay Gamblers

Hugh Anderson - Dubuque  Fighting Saints

Condra Commits to Marian

Congratulations to Sean Condra ('98) for his recent commit to Marian University.  Sean was a member of the U18 Midget Majors for the 2015-2016 season and most recently a member of the Philadelphia Revolution of the EHL.  Best of Luck Sean!

Anders Bjork ('96) Making an Impact On and Off the Ice

Great news feature on former Jr Gambler Anders Bjork and his work off the ice in South Bend, IN.  Keep up the great work Anders! #JrG_rolemodel 



Charlesworth Commits to NMU

Former Jr Gambler Jackson Charlesworth ('97) has committed to Northern Michigan University.  Jackson is now the 32nd Jr Gambler to commit to a D1 school.  Congratulations Jackson!  More information, including a link to Jackson's commitment,  can be found under Jr Gamblers News.

Karow Earns USHL Player of the Week

Michael Karow has earned the USHL's Defensemen Player of the Week for his performance last week.  Karow was a +4 on the week with 4 assists in the Youngstown Phantoms two wins.  Great job Michael, keep up the good work!

Berkovitz Commits to West Point

Jr Gambler alum and 2014 Anaheim Duck draftee Matt Berkovitz ('96) has committed to the United States Military Academy at West Point for next season.  Further information can be found under Jr Gambler News.  Best of luck Matt!  

Christensen NCHA Offensive Player of the Week

Former Jr Gambler Riley Christensen ('94) has been named offensive player of the week in the NCHA.  Riley and his St. Norbert teammates (which include former Jr Gamblers Nick LeSage, Ross Pavek, Luke Karakas and Tony Kujava) are currently ranked #1 in the nation.  Official press release can be found here

Karow ('98) and Dovorany ('99) Named to NHL Top Prospects Game

Former Jr Gamblers Michael Karow and Charlie Dovorany have been named to the USHL's 2017 NHL Top Prospects Game.  Details and the link to the USHL press release can be found on the NEWS tab above.  Congratulations Michael and Charlie and keep up the good work!  

Jr Gambler Alum Falconer ('96) Commits to AFA

Congratulations to former Jr Gambler Alex Falconer on his recent commitment to the Air Force Academy.  Further information can be found under Jr Gambler News and at the NAHL press release

Best of Luck Alex! 

San Jose Shark Draft Pick, Michigan Tech Captain and Former Jr Gambler, Cliff Watson

Former Jr Gambler Scores Twice for Team USA to Capture Bronze Medal

Anders Bjork found the back of the net twice to help Team USA avenge an earlier round loss to Sweden with a convincing 8-3 victory in the bronze medal game.  His performance also earned him the U.S. Player of the Game honor.  Bjork finished the World Junior Championships with 3 goals and a +5 rating.  The Jr Gambler Alum is a Boston Bruins draft pick and is currently playing college hockey at the University of Notre Dame.

The N.E.W. Practice Model

This season the N.E.W. Jr Gambler teams will be switching to a new practice model that includes:

  • Weekly on ice and off ice skill sessions offered
  • High intensity weekend team training camps 
    • multiple on ice sessions 
    • multiple dryland sessions 
    • classroom sessions
    • team building activities
  • Higher practice to game ratio for greater skill development

Teddy Bear Toss Night

Again this year all Jr Gambler teams will be working the 50/50 raffle at the Gambler Teddy Bear Toss on February 24th.  This is the biggest fundraiser of the year for our organization!  Each player and one adult is required to attend and assist with selling raffle tickets until the end of the second period as outlined in the player handbook.  Further details will be provided prior to the event.  

Buffalo Wild Wings - Home Team Advantage

Stop in the Buffalo Wild Wings on Onieda Street and show them this Home Team Advantage card.  10% of your food bill will be donated back to the organization and the end of the season.  



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In Memoriam - Rick Nell

On Monday, September 12, 2016, former Board of Director President Rick Nell passed away.  Rick (father of '94 Jr Gambler Alum Chris Nell) volunteered countless hours to the Jr Gambler organization as both a board member and legal consultant; but his greatest work came as a hockey Dad.  The thoughts and prayers of the entire Jr Gambler organization, past and present, go out to his wife Nina, daughter Tricia and son Chris.  We are truly grateful Rick for all of your years of service to the Jr Gambler organization, may you rest in peace.


thank you!!!


Thank you to all those that participated in the 2017 Jr Gambler Golf Outing at Mid Vallee Golf Course on Saturday.  Also a huge  thank you to all of our donors, volunteers and the staff at Mid Vallee for a great day!


Great job to all the Jr Gambler players, family members and friends that completed the Packer 5k.!

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