Front Office

Ownership Group

Mike Cooper – Co-owner & President

Mike is entering his fifth season as co-owner of the Grizzlies. Along with the Grizzlies, he is also Co-owner of the Austin Bruins in the NAHL for the past six seasons. He is very active in the community, oversees the day to day operations, and has been residing in Austin for almost 20 years. In addition to the Bruins, Mike has owned and operated several Papa Murphy’s from 1998 and 2018 respectively. He currently owns several Qdobas in Southern Minnesota, including Albert Lea, Austin, Rochester, and Winona.  Mike, his wife Amy, and son Troy are happy to call Austin home and look forward to another great year.

Craig Patrick – Co-owner & Vice President

Craig Patrick, co-owner of the Grizzlies has his hockey roots as a player, coach, and hockey parent. In addition to being Co-owner of the Grizzlies, Craig is also entering his 11th season as Co-owner of the Austin Bruins in the NAHL. He became involved with junior hockey because of his passion for community service, youth development, and the game of hockey. Craig and his wife Michele live in Hudson, WI, and are proud to represent the Austin Bruins and all that they stand for in the community and to the development of junior hockey in Minnesota.

Business Operations

Director of Business Operations/Marketing – Jacob Holmes

Jacob enters his First Season with the Grizzlies in the role of Director of Businesses Operations. Originally from Fayetteville, North Carolina, Holmes spent most of his childhood in Anoka, MN, before attending and graduating from East Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Art Degree in Sports and Recreation Management in 2019. Jacob is no stranger to the sports world, he has worked with multiple teams and leagues including the Elizabethton Twins (former MiLB Affiliate to the Minnesota Twins), an intern with the Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA), and with NASCAR at Bristol Motor Speedway.


Game Operations and Security Director – Ken Wickelgren

Ken is back for a fifth season with the Grizzlies organization.  He has been with the Grizzlies since their inaugural season.  Ken continues to work to enhance and improve the Grizzlies Game Day experience.  He is active in the community and is constantly working towards furthering our fan base.  Ken has played hockey and coached Rochester Youth Hockey, at every level.  Ken believes the Grizzlies are an important piece of valuable inspiration for the youth in our community.



Game Night Team:

Media Relations: Jacob Holmes & Jarred Becker
Billet Coordinator: Keri Norman
Play-By-Play: Matt Winthrop
Team Videographer: Matt Shupert
Team Photographer: Sandy Marshall & Dave Tester
Athletic Trainers: Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Staff
Equipment Manager: Brian Underhill
Game Night Announcer: John Porter & Geno Palazzari
Official Scorekeeper: Lisa Palazzari & Howie Hoy
Clock Operators: Howie Hoy &
Ticket Operations: Dawn & Will White
Game Night Assistants: Joe & Tara Wickelgren, Dakota & Kayden Klingerman, Jade Wickelgren