2021-22  12U-B COACHING STAFF

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JOE CALANCHINI

Head Coach

Coach Calanchini has been coaching youth hockey in both the Casper Oilers and Douglas Ice Cats programs. He has coached for eight years at the 8U through 12U levels in both assistant and head coaching roles. In 2015 he founded the Wyoming Knuckleheads tournament travel team program, leading teams at the mite through 12U level to multiple banners, including the 2021 AAA Rushmore Cup Championship. His passion for hockey began when his son started playing, igniting Coach Calanchini’s own work as a player, coach and program manager.

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CHRIS
EAGLE

Assistant Coach

Coach Eagle has been coaching hockey in Riverton since 2017 at the mini-mite, mite, squirt and peewee levels, inspired by his two son’s interest in the sport. Having graduated from Glenrock High School he never played the sport growing up, but is now fully hooked. In addition to coaching ice hockey for the River Rats, he is an active football and baseball coach in Lander.

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CHRIS
ROSENTRETER

Assistant Coach

Coach Rosentreter started playing ice hockey on a pond at age 4, but didn't compete competitively until after high school thirteen years ago. He splits time on ice between skating out as a winger and tending the net, enjoying both positions. He started coaching with the Cheyenne Capitals in 2014 by supporting their 8U program, and has served in both assistant and head coaching roles. He has been on ice as an official since 2015 and referees all levels of youth hockey. He also enjoyed a decade working as a WSHL Jr A arena announcer and off-ice official for the Cheyenne Stampede.

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MIKE
TRUJILLO

Assistant Coach

Coach Trujillo started playing hockey at age six when the Colorado Avalanche relocated to Denver, Colorado. After the Aves secured Patrick Roy in net, Coach Trujillo was inspired to become an ice hockey goalie. He played youth hockey for the Laramie Outlaws through high school while also competing on the Team Wyoming Tier II travel squad and continued on for one season with the University of Wyoming men’s hockey practice squad. In 2013 he began coaching youth hockey with the Outlaws as a goalie coach and continued this work for two seasons with the 8U Portland Jr. Winterhawks. Returning to Laramie, he has coached in both assistant and head coaching roles at the 8U-12U levels in combination with helping facilitate the goalie development program, taking over as coordinator of this program for the 2021-22 season.

2021-22  12U-A COACHING STAFF
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DARIUS MANDEL

Head Coach

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 joined the Cutthroat program as a head coach in 2020, winning the first Grizz Cup title in the programs' history in his inaugural year. He loves the game of hockey and the opportunity to help kids love it too.

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JON OMAN

Assistant Coach

Coach Oman grew up in the state of hockey - Minnesota. After moving to Wyoming in 2015 he supported the Sheridan Amateur Hockey Association (SAHA) as an 8U and 10U assistant coach and club volunteer, in addition to working as an assistant coach for both the Wyoming Knuckleheads and SoDak Solar Bears travel team programs. He is in his second season as the Wyoming Amateur Hockey League (WAHL) 10U Age Director. Previously he worked in athletic communications and marketing and in over a five-year span worked with USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program, Miami (Ohio) University, Michigan Technological University and Bemidji State University’s NCAA Division I hockey programs.

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JOE CALANCHINI

Assisstant Coach

Coach Calanchini has been coaching youth hockey in both the Casper Oilers and Douglas Ice Cats programs. He has coached for eight years at the 8U through 12U levels in both assistant and head coaching roles. In 2015 he founded the Wyoming Knuckleheads tournament travel team program, leading teams at the mite through 12U level to multiple banners, including the 2021 AAA Rushmore Cup Championship. His passion for hockey began when his son started playing, igniting Coach Calanchini’s own work as a player, coach and program manager.

2021-2022  14U COACHING STAFF
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DAVID SALIGA

Head Coach

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 regionally in 2010 working through both the Casper Amateur Hockey Club (CAHC) and then the Douglas Ice Cats programs, serving in both assistant and head coaching roles. He led his 14U Ice Cats to a WAHL state runner-up finish in 2021. Having earned his Level 4 coaching certification, he joined the Wyoming Cutthroat program as a head coach in 2020, earning multiple banners during his first season. 

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JESSE CHRISTENSEN

Assistant Coach

Coach Christensen is based out of Cheyenne. Coaching bio coming soon!