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Babineau Named Head Coach/GM For The Chill

The Coulee Region Chill, proud members of the NA3HL, and owner Michelle Bryant have named Don Babineau as the team’s new Head Coach and General Manager.

Babineau’s hiring comes immediately following the departure of former Head Coach Jon Vaillancourt, who was hired on Wednesday as the new Associate Head Coach for the Minnesota Wilderness of the North American Hockey League (NAHL).

Babineau is no stranger to the NA3HL or the Bryant family.  He was previously the Head Coach and General Manager for the NA3HL’s Euless Jr. Stars when the Bryant’s owned the team from 2015 through 2017.

“We are very excited to have Don back coaching in our organization.  He understands our mission to develop players and move them on to the next level.  Don has extensive experience coaching junior hockey, particularly at the Tier III level, and understands what it takes to develop players at this level and help them reach their goals,” stated Chill owner Michelle Bryant.

A Minnesota native, Babineau brings 19 years of junior coaching experience to the Chill. Babineau began his career at age 21, after playing three years of juniors in the Minnesota Junior Hockey League (MNJHL).   Babineau brings passion for teaching the game with respect and integrity along with drawing out the highest potential in young men on and off the ice. He has a proven track record of excellence, being a part of six National Tournament teams while playing and coaching; moving over 100 players on to the college ranks, including one NHL player and was named coach of the year twice while coaching in the MNJHL.

Babineau is excited to continue his career in Wisconsin where his head coaching career started. “I’m excited to be a part of the Chill program. I believe Coach Vaillancourt and staff have done an exceptional job over the years strengthening the program. I couldn’t be more thankful for the opportunity to coach in such a great location for college and NAHL exposure,” said Babineau. “I look forward to continuing the strong tradition of player development, advancement, and winning as Coulee Region Chill has always done. This is the Chill’s 10th Anniversary in Junior Hockey, it will be an exciting season. The first order of business is reaching out to the returning players, tenders, and draft picks and putting their individual development plans in place.”

Schultz Makes NCAA Commitment

The Coulee Region Chill, proud members of the NA3HL, are pleased to announce that forward Donny Schultz has committed to play NCAA Division III hockey for Johnson and Wales University.

Schultz, 21, has played two seasons with the Chill/Freeze in the NA3HL. While with the Chill this season, the 5’7/150 lbs. native of Marquette, Michigan, recorded 18 goals and 32 assists in the regular season for 50 total points in 42 games.

“We are very excited for Donny’s commitment to Johnson and Wales, he is a player that will bring speed and grit to that club along with a goal scoring touch. Donny came ready to work everyday this season and played a large role in our success”.

Jon Vaillancourt-GM/Head Coach Coulee Region Chill

We wish Donny the best as he moves into this next level of hockey.

Akervik Makes NCAA Commitment

The Coulee Region Chill, proud members of the NA3HL, are pleased to announce that forward Aslan Akervik has committed to play NCAA Division III hockey for Gustavus Adolphus College.

Akervik, 20, played this last season with the Chill in the NA3HL. While with the Chill this season, the 6’1/210 lbs. native of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, recorded 24 goals and 20 assists in the regular season for 44 total points in 47 games.

We wish Aslan the best as he moves into this next level of hockey.

Ratzloff Makes NCAA Commitment

The Coulee Region Chill, proud members of the NA3HL, are pleased to announce that forward Brandon Ratzloff has committed to play NCAA Division III hockey for Augsburg University.

Ratzloff, 20, has played the last two seasons with the Chill in the NA3HL. While with the Chill this season, the 5’11/175 lbs. native of Rochester, Minnesota, recorded 27 goals and 57 assists in the regular season for 84 total points in 45 games. In the Central Division Playoffs, Ratzloff played in all 5 games, recording 1 goal and 4 assists.

We wish Brandon the best as he moves into this next level of hockey.

De Schepper Makes NCAA Commitment

The Coulee Region Chill, proud members of the NA3HL, are pleased to announce that defenseman Toon De Schepper has committed to play NCAA Division III hockey for Wilkes University.

De Schepper, 20, has played the last four seasons with the Chill in the NA3HL. While with the Chill this season, the 6’0/185 lbs. native of Nieuwenrode, Belgium, recorded 11 goals and 69 assists in the regular season for 80 total points in 45 games.

We wish Toon the best as he moves into this next level of hockey.

NAHL Releases 2016-17 Schedule

The North American Hockey League (NAHL) released the 2016-17 schedule this morning.  The Coulee Region Chill have 28 home games, 20 of which are against opposing Midwest Division Opponents the Springfield Jr. Blues, Janesville Jets, Fairbanks Ice Dogs, Kenai River Brown Bears and Minnesota Magicians.  Six home games will be played against the Austin Bruins (four) and old divisional foe, the Minnesota Wilderness (two).  The remaining two home games will be played at the NAHL Showcase in Blaine, MN.

Here are important dates to remember:

September 21-14: NAHL Showcase in Blaine, MN

October 22nd: Chill home opener vs. Austin Bruins

October 28th & 29th: Defending Robertson Cup Champion Fairbanks Ice Dogs are in town

February 27th & 28th: 2017 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament

April 6th: Home regular-season finale vs. Janesville Jets

May 11th-14th: 2017 Robertson Cup Championship 

For the full 2016-17 schedule click here.

Go Chill!

Chill Acquire Plunkett of West Salem From Ice Dogs

The Coulee Region Chill  acquired defenseman Marshal Plunkett in trade  from the Fairbanks Ice Dogs.

 

Plunkett, a native of nearby West Salem, WI, recently completed his first season in the NAHL where he competed in 38 games with the 2016 Robertson Cup Champions.  He was the youngest player on the Ice Dogs roster and accumulated one goal and three assists and a +13 rating over the season.  Before making the jump to the NAHL, Plunkett played for the Madison Capitols 16U team of the NAPHL.  During the 2014-15 season he competed in 60 games for the Capitols and scored 12 goals and had 15 assists for a total of 27 points.  During the season Plunkett was named to the 2015 NAPHL Top Prospects All-Star game where former Chill Coach AJ Degenhardt coached his team.  He had two goals in the All-Star game including the game winning goal. Plunkett also participated in the the Jr. Chill AAA developmental program in past summers and will continue to develop and train this summer with the program under his new Coach Ryan Egan.  

 

Coach Egan had this to say about Plunkett, “We are extremely excited about the acquisition of Marshal Plunkett from the Fairbanks Ice dogs.  We are getting a fantastic person and a young veteran player that knows what it takes to win a championship in this league.  The fact that Marshal is also from the Coulee Region is an added bonus to our organization.”

 

Two Local High School Standouts Sign Tenders

The Coulee Region Chill, Proud Members of the NAHL are excited to announced that two local high-school standouts, Bailey Martin and Tyler Ebner have signed tenders with the organization for the 2016-17 season.  Martin and Ebner along with local Chill player Justin Kendall all played on the Team Wisconsin U18 team this past fall together.

 

Martin, a senior at West Salem High School saw a lot of success throughout his playing years with the Panthers scoring 108 goals and 90 assists in 98 games played, eight of which coming in the playoffs.  Martin helped lead his high school team to a 21-3 record this past season before falling in the 2nd game of the playoffs to the Wisconsin Rapids Red Raiders.  

 

Ebner, also a senior, attends Onalaska High School.  The 6’1”, 175lb forward tied for 3rd in the state with 37 goals and ranked 3rd with 82 total points on the year.  Ebner helped lead the Hilltoppers to a 21-3 record – including an 8-0 record in the Mississippi Valley Conference – and a 2016 state tournament appearance.  He ended his high school career playing in 86 games (14 in the playoffs) scoring 74 goals and 82 assists.  

 

The Chill are excited to continue to fulfill our mission of developing student athletes and the addition of these two local high school players highlights the development commitment we have made here in the local hockey community.  Both local players participate in our Jr. Chill AAA program with our head coach Ryan Egan and will work to further their development going into the fall hockey season.  

4 Chill Players Selected in 2016 USHL Phase II Draft

Two Forwards Justin Kendall and Larry Jungwirth along with defenseman Jackson Charlesworth and goalie Matiss Kivlenieks were all selected by USHL teams between rounds 1-8 yesterday.

Matiss Kivlenieks // Goalie // Round 1, Sioux City Musketeers

PROFILE:
Birthday: Aug 26, 1996 
Hometown: Riga, LAT
Position: G
Height: 6-2
Weight: 190

Kivlenieks had a great first season with the Chill in 2015-16 season that resulted in a large number of honors including NAHL Goalie of the Month in the month of February as well as being the 5th player overall drafted in the 2016 USHL Phase II Draft.  After going 16-10 on the season and being a brick wall in net the 2nd half of the season, Kivlenieks announced his collegiate commitment to pursue academics and play hockey for Minnesota State University – Mankato (WCHA, D1).  

Justin Kendall // Forward // Round 4, Lincoln Stars

PROFILE:
Birthday: May 07, 1998 
Hometown: Holmen, WI
Position: F
Height: 5-11
Weight: 170

The youngest Chill player to be selected in the 2016 USHL Phase II Draft, Kendall was drafted by the Lincoln Stars just four rounds in.  He first saw action with the Chill in November this past year after choosing to forgo his Senior year of high school hockey.  The local Holmen, WI talent scored 16 goals and 11 assists throughout the regular season and another three assists in the Robertson Cup Playoffs.

Jackson Charlesworth // Defenseman // Round 5, Green Bay Gamblers

PROFILE:
Birthday: Mar 18, 1997 
Hometown: Antigo, WI
Position: D
Height: 6-1
Weight: 175

In 2015-16 Charlesworth found his offensive groove in his 2nd season in the organization.  The Chill veteran scored three goals both seasons but contributed with 14 more assists (18) in year two compared to year one.  Charlesworth will continue playing hockey in the state of Wisconsin, this time on the Eastern side of the state with the Green Bay Gamblers.

Larry Jungwirth // Forward // Round 8, Green Bay Gamblers

PROFILE:
Birthday: Jan 01, 1997 
Hometown: Bloomington, MN
Position: F
Height: 5-9
Weight: 175

Joining Charlesworth in Green bay is Jungwirth.  Acquired in a trade with the Minnesota Magicians right before the new year, he contributed immensely to the 2nd half surge the Chill made for the playoffs.  He scored seven goals and 14 assists in 25 games played with the Chill not including the one goal and three assists scored in the 1st round of the Robertson Cup Playoffs.  Jungwirth was named runner-up for NAHL Forward of the Month for the month of February.

4 Chill Players Selected in 2016 USHL Phase II Draft

Two Forwards Justin Kendall and Larry Jungwirth along with defenseman Jackson Charlesworth and goalie Matiss Kivlenieks were all selected by USHL teams between rounds 1-8 yesterday.

Matiss Kivlenieks // Goalie // Round 1, Sioux City Musketeers

PROFILE:
Birthday: Aug 26, 1996 
Hometown: Riga, LAT
Position: G
Height: 6-2
Weight: 190

Kivlenieks had a great first season with the Chill in 2015-16 season that resulted in a large number of honors including NAHL Goalie of the Month in the month of February as well as being the 5th player overall drafted in the 2016 USHL Phase II Draft.  After going 16-10 on the season and being a brick wall in net the 2nd half of the season, Kivlenieks announced his collegiate commitment to pursue academics and play hockey for Minnesota State University – Mankato (WCHA, D1).  

Justin Kendall // Forward // Round 4, Lincoln Stars

PROFILE:
Birthday: May 07, 1998 
Hometown: Holmen, WI
Position: F
Height: 5-11
Weight: 170

The youngest Chill player to be selected in the 2016 USHL Phase II Draft, Kendall was drafted by the Lincoln Stars just four rounds in.  He first saw action with the Chill in November this past year after choosing to forgo his Senior year of high school hockey.  The local Holmen, WI talent scored 16 goals and 11 assists throughout the regular season and another three assists in the Robertson Cup Playoffs.

Jackson Charlesworth // Defenseman // Round 5, Green Bay Gamblers

PROFILE:
Birthday: Mar 18, 1997 
Hometown: Antigo, WI
Position: D
Height: 6-1
Weight: 175

In 2015-16 Charlesworth found his offensive groove in his 2nd season in the organization.  The Chill veteran scored three goals both seasons but contributed with 14 more assists (18) in year two compared to year one.  Charlesworth will continue playing hockey in the state of Wisconsin, this time on the Eastern side of the state with the Green Bay Gamblers.

Larry Jungwirth // Forward // Round 8, Green Bay Gamblers

PROFILE:
Birthday: Jan 01, 1997 
Hometown: Bloomington, MN
Position: F
Height: 5-9
Weight: 175

Joining Charlesworth in Green bay is Jungwirth.  Acquired in a trade with the Minnesota Magicians right before the new year, he contributed immensely to the 2nd half surge the Chill made for the playoffs.  He scored seven goals and 14 assists in 25 games played with the Chill not including the one goal and three assists scored in the 1st round of the Robertson Cup Playoffs.  Jungwirth was named runner-up for NAHL Forward of the Month for the month of February.