2020-21 12U COACHING STAFF
Growing up in Alberta, Canada Coach Mandel played minor hockey at all levels from house league to AAA. Moving to Wyoming he played on the University of Wyoming Men’s Club collegiate team and continues to participate in the Cheyenne Men's ice hockey league. Also on ice annually as an official, Mandel has earned USA Hockey, Collegiate and Junior level certifications. He joined the Cheyenne Capitals as a youth hockey coach in 2014 and is currently a Level 3 coach and Head Coach of the Capitals 12U Peewee team. He loves the game of hockey and the opportunity to help kids love it too.
Growing up Coach Palazzari played youth hockey for the Moose Lake Area Hockey Association in Moose Lake, MN. He has worked as a youth coach for the Gillette Hockey Association (GHA) since 2014, working predominately as a head coach and has also been an assistant coach on regional travel teams. This is his fifth season as an on-ice official and he currently serves as Secretary for the GHA Board. Professionally, he has worked in television production for both the University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldog Men's Hockey program and the Minnesota State University-Mankato Men's and Women's Hockey teams.
Coach Jeremy Hughes has been involved in playing, officiating, or coaching hockey for 34 years. He grew up playing for the Casper Oilers through high school before moving on to play at the collegiate level for a competitive squad at the University of Wyoming, winning a National Championship in 2001 and runner-up finish in 2002. Hughes has spent most of his adult coaching career working with the Riverton River Rats where he has also taken on core administrative roles on their Board while also serving core functions for the Wyoming Amateur Hockey League (WAHL). This is his second season as a Cutthroat coach.
2020-2021 14U COACHING STAFF
Coach Saliga is originally from the Chicago and Northwest Indiana area where he played youth hockey as a teen. He relocated to Wyoming in 2006 and began coaching through the Casper Amateur Hockey Club (CAHC) in 2010, serving in both assistant and head coaching roles. Having earned his Level 4 coaching certification, he joined the Wyoming Cutthroat program as a coach in 2020.
Coach Gruver started playing hockey over 20 years ago as an adult and, despite never quite reaching Mario Lemiuex’s level, he remains as passionate about the game as ever. Now in his 5th year of coaching youth hockey in Laramie, he has served in both assistant and head coach roles at the 10U and 12U levels, and holds his Level 4 coaching certification. In addition to coaching, Gruver has served as Laramie Hockey’s Board President and 12U Coordinator, and currently serves on the Board as Past President and as Laramie’s Representative to the Wyoming Amateur Hockey Association (WAHL).