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An off-season full of change gives Green Bay Gamblers new look heading into the new year

Over the summer, the Gamblers revamped their coaching staff and acquired a number of new players through trades that will have the team looking very different as they head into the 2022-23 season.

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The Green Bay Gamblers in a game against the USNTDP.
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GREEN BAY, Wis. — After missing the playoffs last season, the Green Bay Gamblers have nearly refreshed their entire team. New faces on the team and a new coaching staff are some of the most notable changes.

Perhaps the biggest change is the addition of Mike Leone as the organization's next head coach. He comes to the Gamblers from the USNTDP where he was an assistant coach for the last three seasons.

“Mike brings everything we were looking for in a new head coach,” said Gamblers President Jeff Mitchell in a news release. “He’s well respected in the hockey world and is a proven winner with ties to two former successful Gamblers coaches.”

2021-22 SEASON RECAP

The Gamblers completed the 2021-22 season with a 23-34-0-5 record under former head coach Pat Mikesch. Ryan Greene led the team with 51 points through 59 games. Cam Lund led the team in scoring, putting up 25 goals and finished the season second in points with 50.

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OFF-SEASON UPDATES 

  • Pat Mikesch and the Gamblers announce they're parting ways at end of 2021-22 season on April 6.
  • Mike Leone is hired as the Gamblers next head coach as announced on April 26.
  • Former Gamblers player Patrick McCadden hired as assistant coach
  • Gamblers add Jimmy Spratt to the organization as an assistant coach, a former USHL goaltender.
  • Gamblers acquire Austin Oravetz and Mikey DeAngelo from Dubuque Fighting Saints, in addition to Peter Kramer to complete the Jackson Hallum trade from Feb. 2021.
  • Gamblers hire Kirk Luedeke as assistant general manager and director of player personnel.
  • Gamblers acquired Jimmy Clark from Sioux City Musketeers
  • Gamblers hire former NHL player and Olympic gold medalist Jeremy Morin as as team's player development coach.
  • Mike Leone was an assistant coach for Team USA at the 2022 Hlinka Gretzky Cup over the summer
  • Gamblers acquire Carter Rose from the Youngstown Phantoms in exchange for 2023 draft picks
  • In a trade with the Sioux Falls Stampede, the Gamblers acquire Raimonds Vitolins for a conditional 2023 Phase II draft pick
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"Consistency. Consistency every day," said head coach David Wilkie. "Work to get better every time they touch the ice or even in the gym." That is the goal for the team as they head into the new year.
Hear from USHL commissioner Bill Robertson about how important of an event the Fall Classic is, and get up to speed on the first five games of the USHL season.
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PLAYERS TO LOOK OUT FOR

  • Carter Rose spent the last two seasons playing for the Youngstown Phantoms. Last year the defenseman had a goal and 11 assists.
  • Raimonds Vitolins brings some NCAA experience to the Gamblers, after playing a number of games for the University of Vermont. The Latvian center had experience on the international stage last year representing Latvia.
  • Barrett Hall enters this season after being drafted by the Seattle Kraken 164 overall at the 2022 NHL Draft. He spent time last season as the captain for Gentry Academy where he put up 55 points in 25 games. He also played a total of 28 games between the regular season and playoffs for the Minnesota Wilderness of the NAHL where he put up six goals and 19 assists.

ARENA NOTES 

The Gamblers play at the Resch Center in Green Bay, right across from Lambeau Field. The arena holds just under 10,000 fans and opened in August of 2002.

The Gamblers will kick off their season on Sept. 22 at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Fall Classic in Pittsburgh as they take on the Sioux City Musketeers.

Related Topics: USHLGREEN BAY GAMBLERS
Kirsten Krull covers juniors and prospects for The Rink Live. She is a 2020 St. Cloud State graduate, and has been working in the hockey world for over six years, covering many levels of the game from juniors to the NHL.
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