Mike Cooper – Co-owner & President
Mike is entering his third 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 and Qdoba restaurants since 1998 and 2018 resepectively. 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.
Austin Balko – Assistant Coach/Sales Operations
Austin Balko begins his first season with the Rochester Grizzlies working in both the front office and behind the bench. Originally from Midland, MI, Balko is a former DIII player having competed at St. Mary’s University from 2010-2014. In addition, Balko played a handful of professional games in the Federal Hockey league with both the Steel City Warriors and Danville Dashers during the 2014-15 season. After his playing career, Balko found a home behind the bench and in the front office at his Alma Mater, St. Mary’s University. Balko also served as the Assistant Coach for the Utah Outliers in the WSHL during the 2017-18 season. His knowledge of the game of hockey, as well as the operations side of an organization, have allowed him to excel at everything from sales to coaching and teaching players.
TJ Chillot – Media Relations/Social Media/Graphic Design
TJ begins his first year with the Rochester Grizzlies in an official capacity while also embarking on his third season with the NAHL’s Austin Bruins. With Rochester, TJ is responsible for the team’s digital presence and connecting the team to the community via social media and through various news outlets.
In Austin, TJ serves in a similar role but also handles the team’s play-by-play broadcasting and sales operations. Before arriving in Minnesota, TJ spent one season in the pros as the radio voice of the Mississippi RiverKings of the SPHL and got his start doing local radio in his home state of Pennsylvania. During his time in Mississippi, TJ was named the 2017-18 SPHL Broadcaster of the Year and followed that up by being named the 2020 NAHL Top Prospects broadcaster for the Bruins this past season. Originally from Allentown, PA, TJ now resides in Austin and has broadcast over 200 hockey games in both the professional and junior ranks.\