Hi Grizzlies fans!
Welcome to the inaugural season of the Rochester Grizzlies Hockey. We have been working very hard over the summer to bring you the best possible team and fan experience this year.
We are looking forward to seeing all of you at the rink this season. Please say hi, bring friends to the game who maybe haven’t been before so we can expand our Grizzlies family. We truly appreciate your support and can’t wait to get the season going.
We would also like to thank all of our great sponsors, fans please support these businesses it makes a difference to them and to us!
Thanks again so much for being here! GO GRIZZLIES!!!!
Craig and Mike
Craig Patrick – Co-owner & President
Craig Patrick, co-owner of the Bruins, has his hockey roots as a player, coach and hockey parent. He became involved with the Bruins 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.
Mike Cooper – Co-owner & Vice President
Mike is entering his third season as co-owner of the Bruins. He is very active in the community, oversees day to day operations and has been residing in Austin for almost 20 years. In addition to the Bruins, Mike has owned and operated the Austin Papa Murphy’s since 1998. Mike, his wife Amy, and son Troy are happy to call Austin home and look forward to another great year.
Matt Winthrop – Director of Broadcasting, Media & Group Sales
Matt is in his second season with Rochester Grizzlies. He is originally from Rochester, New York and is a 2014 graduate of the College at Brockport State University of New York, where he was the voice of Brockport Golden Eagles hockey and high school hockey. Back in Rochester, he was the play-by-play broadcaster for local high school hockey games on WBGT-TV for the past four seasons. He also broadcast games for local junior teams in the NA3HL and USPHL the past two seasons.
Brian Schulz – Director of Business Operations
Brian is in his second season with the Grizzlies. Most fans will recognize Schulz as the Game Day Announcer for the Austin Bruins, a role he has held for the previous six seasons. Schulz has spent the last seven years as the Human Resources Manager for Rochester Motor Cars, the largest auto dealer in southern Minnesota. Besides the Bruins, his connections to the Austin hockey community come as both a previous member of the Austin Youth Hockey Board, and as a hockey parent. Additionally, Schulz was involved with St Paul Pioneers football team for 10 years, one of the most successful semi-pro teams in the country. Schulz won the 2003 American Football Association General Manager of the Year and assisted in marketing, game day operations, player recruitment and announcing for the team.