Gabe Gauthier Hockey Director

 

Gabe Gauthier

Hockey Director

 

Coach Gauthier will be working with players at all levels at the Las Vegas Ice Center and with the Nevada Storm.  Gabe Gauthier began his impressive hockey career playing three seasons with the Chilliwack Chiefs of the British Columbia Hockey League, starting at the age of 15. During his time in the BCHL he accumulated 235 points and competed for a national championship. His hard work and dedication in juniors earned him a four year scholarship to the University of Denver where he spent the next four seasons (67 goals and 88 assists). Gabe led the Pioneers to two consecutive national championships and was awarded a plethora of team, community, and NCAA awards. After college, he played four seasons within the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings organization where he contributed 179 points for their American Hockey League affiliate Manchester Monarchs (and was named the team “Man of the Year” in 2007) as well as earning a handful of call-ups to play with the hometown Kings.

Now, Gauthier is the Hockey Director and Head Coach for the WSHL Las Vegas Storm. The 2014-2015 season was his first at the helm, however, he lead the expansion team to WSHL playoffs. In 2015-2016 Gabe will continue both roles here at the Las Vegas Ice Center.

Micah Sanford Head Coach - Midget AAA

Micah Sanford    

Head Coach - Midget AAA

 

The Storm are ecstatic to welcome Coach Micah Sanford into the fold for the 2014-2015 Season.  Many of you know Coach Sanford as one of the owners of the Crystal Palace and as a great roller player/coach, but Coach Sanford is much more than that.  Sanford is one of the few players from Las Vegas to play at the Junior and College Level.  Playing in the BCHL (Chilliwack Chiefs) and Division 1 Hockey (U. of Nebraska-Omaha) Sanford led the Chiefs in scoring and points in 2001-2002 with 47 Goals and 58 Assists.  As a Coach Sanford has also coached AAA teams for the Nevada Stars and Las Vegas Storm.   His return can only mean great things for this season!

 

Evan Zucker Head Coach- Bantan A

Evan Zucker

Head Coach- Bantan A

Coach Evan Zucker and his brothers are among Las Vegas most elite home grown hockey talents playing both Roller and Ice Hockey at the highest levels.  While he started in Roller, in his first year of Ice Hockey at 12 years old Evan was scouted by the Spokane Washington Bantam AAA War Horses and asked to join them for the following year.  Coach Zucker played AAA Ice Hockey for the next few years with great success and is still tied for 2nd in Nevada history for the most Midget AAA/AA goals in a season with an incredible 63 in 05/06 before being forced to end his Ice career early due to shoulder injuries.  Coach Zucker is the only Las Vegan to win the North American Roller Hockey Championships (NARCh) Gold Medal and was voted Las Vegas best “Pure Scorer” on Vegashockey.com.  Evan’s Brother Jason played for Team USA and is now in the Minnesota Wild organization of the NHL.   Evan brings his winning talents to the Nevada Storm youth program at the Las Vegas Ice Center.

Eric Lacroix Head Coach-Bantam AA

Eric Lacroix    

Head Coach-Bantam AA 

 

We are excited to have former NHL player and scout, Eric Lacroix join the Nevada Storm coaching staff this fall.


Lacroix spent the 2008-09 season as a pro scout with the Phoenix Coyotes after serving as co-owner/assistant coach for the Arizona Sundogs, who captured the 2008 Ray Miron President¹s Cup title as Central Hockey League champions.

Prior to his three seasons with the Sundogs, the former Avalanche forward worked four years in the Avalanche¹s hockey operations department, serving as Assistant Video Coach before being promoted to Director of Hockey Operations. In the latter role, he worked closely with the Vice President of Player Personnel on player decisions, player development and scouting while also being highly involved in all facets of the day-to-day functions of the hockey operations department.

Lacroix was originally drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the sixth round (136th overall) of the 1990 NHL Entry Draft out of Governor Dummer Academy. He played two seasons at St. Lawrence University before turning pro in 1992 with the St. John's Maple Leafs (AHL).

After making his NHL debut with Toronto during the 1993-94 season, Lacroix went on to play eight seasons in the National Hockey League, which included stints with Toronto, Los Angeles, Colorado, the New York Rangers and Ottawa. In 472 career NHL games, Lacroix totaled 67 goals, 70 assists and 361 penalty minutes. He established career highs with 18 goals, 18 assists and 36 points during the 1996-97 season with the Avalanche.

The Montreal native currently resides here in Las Vegas with his wife, Jill, and their three children, Max, Mia and Ty. Eric is the son of Avalanche President Pierre Lacroix.

 

 

Bo Lackas Coach- Squirt A/Pee Wee AA

Bo Lackas    

Coach- Squirt A/Pee Wee AA

 

Bo has been with the Nevada Storm Program for almost seven years. He has specialized in mites, squirts, and pee wee age groups for travel and house league.Coach Bo began his hockey career playing on youth travel teams out of Buffalo, New York for the Wheatfield Blades organization. After graduating from youth hockey, Bo signed with Wheatfield’s Northeastern Junior Hockey League team before heading to the Niagara Falls Cataracts the following year. After his 2 years in juniors, Bo attended North Country JC and eventually Postdam State College at the NCAA DIII level where his team reached the national title game in 1991.

Bo will continue to coach the Squirt A team and assist with the Pee Wee AA team.

 

 

 

Dell Truax Head Coach- Pee Wee A/AA

Dell Truax    

Head Coach- Pee Wee A/AA

The Nevada Storm are proud to hire one of Las Vegas’ newest coaches, Dell Truax, to the coaching staff. With over 20 years of coaching experience we are certain Dell will succeed in our booming program.

 

Coach Truax is originally form the great state of New York where he played his early years with the New York Jr. Islanders of the MJHL. After youth hockey his next hockey stop was with the Shawville Pontiacs of the EOJHL in Quebec, Canada. Once his playing career finished he turned to coaching in Long Island before moving to Durango, Colorado.

 

The former Hockey Director in Durango, CO is a level 5 USA Hockey instructor who was in charge of hiring and training coaches, running all ADM on-ice practices, and day to day operations at the rink.Dell has coached every level from Mites to Midgets as well as starting the girl’s hockey development program in Colorado. The women’s program had over 200 skaters and moved several on to AAA programs, prep schools and college hockey. He will continue to work with young women hockey players here in Las Vegas as well.

We are ecstatic to see Dell bring his experience and passion to the program in 2015-2016.

 

Jeff Bruckner Head Coach- High School

Jeff Bruckner    

Head Coach- High School

Jeff previously coached with the L.A. Junior Kings Hockey Club. He served in a dual capacity as head coach for the PeeWee B team and assistant coach for the Bantam A team in 2010. In 2011- 2012, Jeff served as assistant coach for the Squirt A team, goalie coach for the Mite and Squirt levels, and coached the ADM and Hockey Tech programs. 

A Chicago native, Jeff played club-level college hockey, and later spent 15 years as a PGA of America club professional. He has also serves as one of the goalie coaches at the Las Vegas Ice Center.