The 06 Pee Wee Majors have received an invite to the Pee Wee Quebec International Tournament. This world class event is in it's 60th year of existence and brings teams from around the world to Quebec City from Feb. 13-24th. Tournament organizers have noted that this year's Jr Gambler team is the first team from Wisconsin to participate in the tournament . Information on the tournament, including a list of the tournaments prestigious participants and past champions, can be found here. For those interested in helping support the fundraising efforts of the 06 team, further information regarding sponsorship and donation opportunities can be found by clicking here. Congratulations and good luck PW Majors!
Mason Appleton ('96) is on his way to Winnipeg. The 2015 sixth round draft pick of the Winnipeg Jets is in his second year of professional hockey after two years in East Lansing as a member of the Michigan State Spartans. Since leaving State after his sophomore season, Mason has also proven himself to be a standout for Winnipeg's AHL affiliate the Manitoba Moose as well. Last season Mason led the Moose in total points and won the AHL Red Garrett Memorial Award as the league Rookie of the Year. This season he once again leads Manitoba in total points prior to today's NHL call up. Mason played four years of youth AAA hockey in the Northeast Wisconsin Hockey Association and he joins Jr Gambler alums Max McCormick (Ottawa) and Anders Bjork (Boston) in the NHL this season.
Congratulations to the 06 Pee Wee Majors who won the 2018 Bauer MoTown Classic this weekend in Detroit, MI. The Jr Gamblers began their weekend with a 4-3 win over Thunder Bay Friday morning followed by a close 3-2 loss to Victory Honda that evening. Saturday morning the Jr G's closed out pool play with a solid 5-3 win over Belle Tire. Their 2-1 pool play record earned them the 4 seed in the single elimination bracket play and a match up versus the 5 seed Dallas Stars. Their 1-0 victory over Dallas Saturday night earned the Jr G's a semifinal matchup Sunday morning against the Oakland Jr Grizzlies who upset the Barrie Colts 3-1 in their Semifinal matchup. When the dust settled Sunday morning the Jr G's had prevailed 2-1 in a shootout. Sunday afternoon's championship game was the opportunity the Jr Gamblers were looking for...a rematch with the 2 seed Victory Honda. The Jr G's would not be denied and raised the Bauer MoTown Classic victory belt with a 5-3 win. Congratulation boys on a great weekend!
'98 Jr Gambler David Fessenden has committed to the University of Alabama-Huntsville for the 2019-2020 season. The 6'6 goalie has spent the last three seasons in the NAHL with the Bismark Bobcats and the Northeast Generals. More details of his commitment can be found here. Best of Luck David!
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!
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.
Click here to access the digital copy of USA Hockey Magazine that features former Jr Gambler Chris Nell. Chris is featured as a rising star goalie for the NY Rangers. Keep up the good work Chris!
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.
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.
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.
Saturday, February 23rd is the Jr Gambler 50/50 night at the Gambler Game. One parent and each player is expected to be in attendance. More information will be coming from your team managers.
Please click here to order equipment available through the Goal Line on-line store and receive your Jr Gambler discount.
All questions regarding equipment purchased should be directed to Jordan Schmidt @ 715-355-1790.
The N.E.W. Jr Gambler model:
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!
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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