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Green Bay Gamblers
City: Green Bay, Wisconsin
League: United States Hockey League
Division: East Division
Founded: 1994
Home Arena: Resch Center
General Manager: Jon Cooper
Head Coach: Jon Cooper

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, USA at the Resch Center.

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History

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” National Championships (1996 and 1997), three Anderson Cups (1996, 1997 and 2009), two Clark Cups (1996 and 2000), four USHL Eastern Division titles, and one USHL Northern Division title.

Team Accomplishments

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 who adorned the Gamblers logo 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.

Green Bay Alumni In The Pros

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)
Brooks, Alex Green Bay New Jersey (NHL)
Burish, Adam Green Bay Chicago (NHL)
Canzanello, Andy Green Bay Syracuse (AHL)
Carter, Ryan Green Bay Anaheim (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 Chicago (AHL)
Cummings, Brian Green Bay Lowell (AHL)
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 (NHL)
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 Philadelphia (NHL)
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)
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 Lake Erie (AHL)
Penko, Jure Green Bay Cincinnati (ECHL)
Pfligler, Eric Green Bay/Chicago Odessa (CHL)
Preissing, Tom Green Bay Los Angeles (NHL)
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 Toronto (AHL)
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 Hartford (AHL)
Thorp, Ernie Green Bay/Sioux City Rockford (UHL)
Vanderboom, Scott Green Bay Springfield (All American Hockey League)
Welch, Kevin Green Bay Dayton (ECHL)
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)

Alumni in NHL

12 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 and Tom Preissing. Carter is the only alum to have won the Stanley Cup. (Note: Bob Mason played for the Green Bay Bobcats, not the Gamblers.)

Alumni in the Olympics

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

Alumni to win NCAA titles

At least ten Gamblers alumni have won NCAA men's hockey national titles. Eric Gryba was on Boston University's 2009 title team. Brandon Longley, Ryan Petersen and Nick Tabisz were on the St. Norbert College Division III national title team of 2008. Adam Burish, A.J. Degenhardt, Josh Engel and Kyle Klubertanz were members of the 2006 Wisconsin Badgers championship team. Other NCAA winners include Judd Stevens (Minnesota 2002 & 2003) and Jason Notermann (North Dakota 2000).

Alumni & the Hobey Baker Award

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: Zane Kalemba, Princeton, 2009; Eric Ehn, Air Force, 2008; Ty Conklin, New Hampshire, 2000 and 2001;

Head Coaches

Don Granato (1994-97)
Mark Osiecki (1997-2004)
Mark Mazzoleni (2004-2008)
Dave Insalaco (2008) (interim)
Jon Cooper (2008-present)

10th Anniversary Team

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, Stephan Baby

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

Home rinks

The Gamblers have had two primary home rinks: the Brown County Veterans Memorial Arena and the Resch Center. However, due to scheduling conflicts, particularly during the years in the arena, the team has used many other venues for home games. 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.

External links

  • Green Bay Gamblers Official Website
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