Coachella Valley Firebirds hire assistant coach, hockey operations staff

The Coachella Valley Firebirds proceed to spherical out its staff because the season opener inches nearer.

On Tuesday, the staff finalized its training roster for the inaugural season with the hiring of Stu Bickel as assistant trainer and Erik Elenz as video analyst.

Coachella Valley Firebirds hire assistant coach, hockey operations staff

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The staff additionally constructed out its hockey operations staff with the addition of Brian Garcia, Brett Bernstein, Colin Zulianello, Mike Donoghue, Shawn Thorns, and Justin Broy. 

Coachella Valley Firebirds hire assistant coach, hockey operations staff

“We are excited so as to add Stu and Erik to our training staff,” Firebirds head trainer Dan Bylsma said. “Stu brings a wealth of knowledge and playing experience to the Valley. He will play a key role in developing our team’s defensive game. Erik’s video expertise at the NCAA and international levels will make him a tremendous asset to our organization. I am looking forward to collaborating with my coaching staff as we head into the opening of the season.”

  • Stu Bickel joins the Firebirds training staff after serving because the assistant trainer for the AHL’s Springfield Thunderbirds for the 2021-2022 season. Bickel up to now served as head trainer and assistant supervisor for the Minnesota Magicians within the North American Hockey League.

    A local of Minnesota, Bickel additionally labored as an assistant trainer at his alma mater, the University of Minnesota from 2018-2020. As a participant, Bickel skated in 76 NHL video games from 2011-2015 for the New York Rangers and Minnesota Wild. The defenseman/winger finished over 10 AHL seasons with a number of other groups scoring 12 objectives, 42 assists, and racked up 919 penalty mins in 310 video games. 

  • Erik Elenz maximum just lately spent two seasons as director of video for the University of Vermont Men’s Ice Hockey staff. Elenz used to be named to the Team Germany training staff for the 2022 IIHF World Championships in Helsinki, Finland. Elenz graduated from the University of Vermont in 2022.
  • Brian Garcia will function head apparatus supervisor for the Firebirds. Garcia, identified round hockey circles as “Elvis”, has been concerned with skilled hockey for 20 seasons, relationship again to his debut position in 2001-2002 with the WCHL’s Long Beach Ice Dogs. The Southern California-native up to now served as head apparatus supervisor for the AHL’s Texas Stars from 2008-09 till 2020-21. Garcia labored his 1,000th skilled hockey recreation on November 18, 2018. 
  • Brett Bernstein joins the Firebirds as the pinnacle athletic instructor, a place he up to now held with the AHL’s San Diego Gulls. Bernstein used to be a seasonal athletic coaching intern with the Los Angeles Chargers all through the 2020-21 season.

    Prior to his time within the NFL, Bernstein spent two years at Michigan State University as a graduate assistant athletic instructor for males’s football, tennis, and soccer methods. Bernstein earned a grasp’s level in kinesiology from Michigan State University and a bachelor’s level in athletic coaching from Pennsylvania State University, whilst additionally aiding as an athletic coaching pupil for the boys’s hockey program. The Melrose Park, Pennsylvania-native is a Certified Athletic Trainer in the course of the NATA’s Board of Certification, a Corrective Exercise Specialist in the course of the National Academy of Sports Medicine and is Graston Technique qualified.

  • Colin Zulianello will take at the position of goaltending trainer. Zulianello maximum just lately served as goaltending trainer for Lakehead University in his local Thunder Bay, Ontario. Zulianello spent 3 seasons because the goaltending trainer for the AHL’s Stockton Heat. From 2001 to 2005, Zulianello, a goaltender himself, performed in 4 AHL video games and 122 ECHL video games after attending and enjoying hockey at Colorado College.
  • Mike Donoghue would be the Firebird’s head power and conditioning trainer. Donoghue spent the final 3 seasons with the NHL’s Florida Panthers in the similar position after spending the former marketing campaign with the group’s AHL associate, the Springfield Thunderbirds. Donoghue attended Springfield College the place he used to be a member of the boys’s lacrosse staff. 
  • Shawn Thorns will take at the position of assistant apparatus supervisor, operating beneath Brian Garcia. Thorns involves the Firebirds from the ECHL’s Greenville Swamp Rabbits, the place he used to be the staff’s head apparatus supervisor because the 2018-19 season. Before his time in Greenville, the Charleston, South Carolina-native hung out with the SPHL’s Macon Mayhem and used to be an assistant apparatus supervisor with the ECHL’s South Carolina Stingrays from 2013 to 2017.
  • Justin Broy voyages to the Valley to develop into the staff’s assistant athletic instructor, operating beneath Brett Bernstein. Broy used to be up to now the pinnacle athletic instructor for the USHL’s Dubuque Fighting Saints. A 2021 graduate of the University of Southern Maine, Broy interned with Boston College’s ice hockey program.  

The Firebirds will face off for his or her Home Away from Home Series in Seattle this October towards the Abbotsford Canucks and Calgary Wranglers. The 4 video games will happen at 3 other venues within the Seattle space. For extra price tag and matchup data, click on right here.

Coachella Valley’s inaugural recreation will happen on Sunday, October 16, 2022, in Calgary towards the Calgary Wranglers.

The Firebirds’ first recreation at Acrisure Arena is scheduled to happen on Sunday, December 18, 2022, towards the Tucson Roadrunners.

Season tickets for the 2022-2023 season are actually on sale. For additional info and to buy season tickets for the inaugural season, please talk over with or name 760-835-8778. View the staff’s complete agenda at

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