Congratulations to Jr Gambler alum Brendan Poshak ('02) on his D1 commitment to Northern Michigan University. Brendan was a Jr Gambler from his Squirt through Bantam Minor year. Great work Brendan and best of luck with the Wildcats!
2002 Danny Laatsch has been selected as one of twenty-one players who will suit up this coming season for USA Hockey's National Development U17 team. The USNTDP-17 plays along with the USNTDP-18 team in the USHL. In addition to the opportunity to play in the USHL, Laatsch and his teammates will also be competing in the World Under 17 Hockey Challenge, Four Nations Tournament and the 2019 Five Nations tournament. Congratulations Danny!
Further information can be found here.
Congratulations to former Jr Gamblers Casey Roepke (Erin, WI), Cade Lemmer (Wausau, WI) and Brendan Poshak (Green Bay, WI) for being selected in tonight’s Phase I of the USHL draft!
Zach Johnson (97) has committed to Marian University for the 2018-2019 season. Zach is from De Pere, WI and played three years in the Jr Gambler organization. The official Neepawa Natives press release can be found here. Best of luck Zach!
Congratulations to former Jr Gamblers Danny Laatsch ('02), Cade Lemmer ('02) and Carson Bantle ('02) who were selected during the April 7th OHL Priority Selection. A full listing of the draft can be found here.
Wisconsin Badger defenseman and Jr Gambler alum Tim Davison (94) has signed a professional contract with the South Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL. The official Wiscosin Badger press release can be found here. Best of luck Tim!
Check out this month's edition of USA Hockey Magazine for former Jr Gambler Chris Nell on page 20 or click here to access the digital copy. Chris is featured as a rising star goalie for the NY Rangers. Keep up the good work Chris!
Mason Appleton has been named the CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the week ending Nov. 19th. Details of Mason's performance can be found here. Great work Mason!
Congratulations to the Pee Wee Majors for taking 2nd at the Bauer Motown Classic in Detroit, MI this weekend. The Jr Gambler four wins this weekend came against the Chicago Young Americans, Milwaukee Jr Admirals, Arizona Bobcats and the Highland Park Falcons. Great job this weekend 05s!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
Congratulations to alum Evan Janssen who signed a contract with the AHL Iowa Wild. Details can be found here. Best of luck Evan!
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!
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!
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.
Congratulations to Jr Gambler alum Luke Davison who will continue his playing career with St. Norbert College.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
Saturday, August 25th is official kick-off to the Jr Gambler season. All players and at least one parent need to be in attendance that day. Players will participate in two on ice sessions, an off ice session with team building expert Aaron Allie as well as a coach led team activity outside. At least one parent needs to be in attendance that day for the parent meeting. At that meeting parents will receive their player's apparel for the season. Lunch will be provide, please be sure to contact your team manager with the number of family members that will be in attendance for lunch that day.
The NorthEast Wisconsin Hockey Association is pleased to announced Brian Rafalski has been named the organization's Director of Player Development.
The Jr Gamblers would like to welcome A.J. Aiken to the Northeast Wisconsin Hockey Association coaching staff this season. Coach Aiken will be joining Coach Ryan Thomas with coaching the 07 Pee Wee Minors and the 08 Squirt Majors. A.J. is a Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada native who played in the Alberta Junior Hockey League, four years at Michigan Tech University and three years in the Canadian Hockey League. As a coach, A.J. spent 11 years, in two stints, as an assistant coach at St. Norbert College. He helped lead those teams to 3 - Division III National Championships and 4 -runner-ups in 10 Frozen Four appearances. A.J. also was the head coach at Marian University for three seasons. Welcome Coach Aiken!
This season the N.E.W. Jr Gambler teams will be switching to a new practice model that includes:
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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