Michael ‘Doc’ Fatis
President & General Manager
Member of the Board of Directors
‘Doc’ is the team founder. He is responsible for administration and team operations. He holds a doctorate in Clinical Psychology and has retired as Emeritus Professor of Psychology at Minnesota State University-Mankato where he served as Director of the Clinical Psychology Program where he trained psychologists in research and clinical practice in Behavioral Medicine. He remains in limited practice at Riverview Clinic in Mankato, MN. He is committed to the educational, personal and social development of his hockey players. In addition to his role with the Ice Hawks, he is an avid traveler and most importantly a full time grandpa of five.
Chief Financial Officer
Member of the Board of Directors
Nancy manages the team budget and the event staff on game days. Professionally, Nancy holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and is retired from MSU-Mankato as Emeritus Professor of Psychology: She was active in research and training in the areas of child behavior disorders, fetal alcohol syndrome and developmental disabilities. She recently also retired from private practice at Riverview Clinic, Mankato, MN. Her interest in hockey is rooted in her Canadian upbringing. She followed the ‘Original Six’ growing up in Sault Ste. Marie and Toronto Canada. Nancy is the proud grandmother of Daytin, Kasota, Colette, Alex and Evan.
Assistant General Manager/Hockey Operations
Member of the Board of Directors
Nick moved to the Asst General Manager/Hockey Operations position in November of the 2016-17 season. He has been with the Ice Hawks organization since its inception in 1996 and serves on the team’s Board of Directors. He served as the Ice Hawks head coach for 17 seasons and has led the Ice Hawks to 6 Minnesota Jr. Hockey League and 7 Bush Cup Championships. 9 successive USA Hockey National Tournament Appearances with 4 Bronze Third Place Trophies. He has 580 wins as a Junior Hockey Head Coach. His current responsibilities include assisting the General Manager on issues of scouting/recruiting, player evaluation and promotion, roster management, and media relations. Nick lives in Rochester with daughter Colette and sons Alex and Evan.
Assistant General Manager
Kelsey is new to the Rochester Ice Hawks organization and takes on the role as the Assistant General Manager. Kelsey has grown up playing hockey: She played at Austin, MN High School and later returned as the Head Coach for the Austin Packers. . Kelsey recently completed her Master’s degree in Sport Management from Concordia University in St. Paul, MN. She earned her undergraduate degree in sport management at Bemidji State University. She currently is employed at the Mayo Clinic and is excited to join the Ice Hawks organization and be part of the Rochester hockey community.
Nikki joins us in the role of Housing Director. She was born and raised in small towns throughout Southeast Minnesota, graduating from Stewartville High School. Nikki and her husband Chad have raised their children Jackson and Audie, in Rochester and have been part of the Rochester Youth Hockey Program for 14 years. Professionally, Nikki works for the Rochester Women’s Magazine as their Marketing Account Manager. Nikki and her family have a true love for the game of Hockey, the Rochester Ice Hawks and the development of young hockey players from around the country. Nikki will also be monitoring players educational status and assuming the role of the Director of Marketing and Community Relations.
Education Coordinator/Assistant Housing Director
Shelly will be sharing the housing duties as well as monitoring player’s educational concerns and making connections with the players’ teachers as needed. Shelly is recently new to the Rochester area but has had a love of hockey all of her life. She and her family have recently moved from Norway where she was a teacher. This past year she taught at John Marshall High School in Rochester where she met and worked with several Ice Hawks players. This next school year she will be teaching at Kasson/Mantorville High School in Kasson, Minnesota. Shelly is a Wisconsin native having spent her childhood and young adult years in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. She is married to Erling Hansen and has three teenagers; Carl, Sara and Martha. Shelly is looking forward to working with players and helping them to adjust in their new adventure!
Charitable Events Coordinator
Craig is the new Charitable Events Coordinator. His duties include organizing special game nights including Pink The Rink for Breast Cancer Awareness in October, Military Appreciation Night in November and the Toys For Tots Drive & Toy Toss at all November and December home games. Craig is also the Nest Keeper of the Hawks Nest Booster Club. The Hawks Nest hosts the August Try-Out Camp Picnic for all incoming players and families, billet families, and coaching staff. The Hawks Nest members also organize raffles and other fundraising activities to support the players fund and other local charities. Although the Hawks Nest may get a little rowdy, their hearts are in the right spot, as they serve to advance junior hockey in the Rochester area.
Craig also volunteers his time with the MN Patriot Guard, serving on their Board of Directors, and is a member of the POW/MIA Riders of Minnesota. He and his wife, Aimee, share their home in Rochester with their Weimaraner, Chloe. Professionally, Craig is a Realtor with Edina Realty.
Bryan Hunt has been a longtime fan of the Ice Hawks. He is pleased to join the administrative staff as the team’s webmaster. He will be responsible for managing and updating the team website. Bryan is currently in the process of rebuilding the website. He graduated from the University of Phoenix with a Software Engineering degree and currently is employed by Rochester Mayo Clinic. He is married to Jill, and has three children, Sam (18), Benny (15), and Gracie (13).
Zac Stringer is a native of New Ulm, MN and grew up cheering for the North Stars. He has been a life long hockey fan and currently works in Operations at Sterling State Bank in Rochester. Zac will working with the G.M in game operations.
Sandy Marshall joins the Ice Hawks as team photographer. Sandy’s creativity and artist sense led her to photography. Her interest in sports photography began as she worked with her son’s youth baseball team. She really enjoyed working in a sports setting and is excited to join the Ice Hawks photography staff. You will never know where Sandy will pop up around the ice! Away from the ice Sandy works as a Special Education Paraprofessional with the Rochester School District. She and her husband, John, have two sons, Jonathan (14) and Adam (12).