NEWS AND NOTES
The Ice Hawks open the season in LaCrosse vs the Freeze on Saturday night September 9th. After this game the Hawks have a 13 day break to continue to add to their roster before the Friday/Saturday Sept. 22 & 23 series vs Breezy Point North Stars. The game on Saturday Sept 23 is the home opener for the Hawks.
The Ice Hawks planned the break in the schedule to allow for an opportunity to add to their roster and to allow more team practice time before diving into the rigorous NA3HL schedule.
All of Tier III Junior Hockey and the NA3HL are experiencing a shortage of players. A renegade, non USAH league has dramatically expanded (4 new teams in Minnesota alone!) and the pool of players has been reduced throughout the Jr. Hockey. As of Friday Sept. 8th, only four NA3HL teams have a full roster. Twelve teams have fewer than 16 players.
The Ice Hawks are still in the process of obtaining players. Three to five players are expected to be added prior to the next scheduled games. An additional 2 to 3 players should arrive in the first week in October.
In the meantime, an enthusiastic, young group of Hawks are ready to open in LaCrosse and Coach Hofmann has the Hawks ready for Saturday’s game.
Ice Hawks Preliminary 2017-18 Roster
7 Matthew Shupert F
9 Trevor Timm F
10 Jake Beal F
11 Cort Buck D
12 Noah Roach F
13 Aaron Moots F
15 Josh Hoffman F
18 Sly Rooney F
19 Austyn Renn F
20 Jackson Kranebell F
21 Zach Curry F
24 Trevor Witthus D
27 Daytin Zimmerman-Fatis F
29 Michael Smits F
32 Luke Murphy G
33 Drew Schenkenberg G
33 Tait Carlson G
36 Alex Tarr F
Roster summary- Six players attend high school, seven returned from last season, eight are junior hockey rookies, and seven were on last season’s final roster..
Meet the New Hawks- Aaron Moots
Moots is a 5’9, 175 lb forward from Ham Lake, MN. Last season he was the team captain at Legacy Christian HS where he was a two time all conference selection. As well, Aaron was awarded the Legacy Lions, Brian Budish (hardest worker) award, and was his school ‘s selection for the Hobey Baker High School Character Award to honor high school hockey players who exemplify the Hobey Baker ideal that “Character Builds Excellence.” He also played a partial season for the River Falls of the USPHL. Ice Hawks G.M. Doc Fatis, is particularly pleased to have Moots with the Ice Hawks. “Aaron will fit in well in Rochester. He will enjoy the community and the opportunities and experiences we have to offer. It’s always a pleasure to work with a player and family who approach the junior hockey experience with the care and concern as the Moots family does. .We are happy to have him.”
Housing Director, NIkki Kranebell has added additional duties to her portfolio. She will be monitoring players educational status. In addition, she has assumed the role of Director of Marketing & Community Relations.
Al Rooney Assistant Coach
Al joins the Ice Hawks as an Assistant Coach/Consultant. He was the Assistant Coach of the 2016-17 Robertson Cup Champion Lone Star Bahamas, and also previously served at the head coach of the NA3HL Junior Brahmas. Al played professionally as a goalie. He is no stranger to Minnesota having played here at the junior level and has previously coached in Winona. Al and his family moved to Rochester to take the Associate Head Coach position with the Austin Bruins; He will also be available for the early morning Ice Hawks weekday practices.
Brett Gates, Asst. Coach
Brett is a former Ice Hawk player (2012-13). He rejoins the Hawks as an Assistant Coach/Strength & Conditioning. Brett attended Saint John’s University and graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor’s in Finance. He has recently moved back to Rochester and is employed by Hy Vee in a management capacity. The Ice Hawks are delighted to welcome Brett back to Rochester to begin his coaching career and are excited about what he will bring to the program.
Jeff Boehmer, Official Scorekeeper
The Ice Hawks are excited to have Jeff rejoin the staff this season as the Official Scorekeeper. Jeff has been a long time Ice Hawk staff member. He previously served as the PA announcer. He and his wife Kasey and son Owen had been fixtures at Ice Hawks games. It with great joy that we welcome our friends, Jeff, Kasey and Owen back after a one year hiatus. Welcome back Jeff!