Hockey Operations

General Manager/Head Coach

A.J. Bucchino

A.J is in his first season as General Manager and Head Coach.

Most recently, A.J. was the Head Coach at Lakeville South High School in Lakeville, MN for the past three seasons. At Lakeville South, he had a record of 48-34-4 and lead the team to the Minnesota State High School Tournament in 2017.  A.J. is also involved in the Minnesota IceMen and Ice Cougars AAA Hockey Program.

Before A.J. began his coaching career, he played four seasons of professional hockey in the East Coast Hockey League, Central Hockey League, and Southern Professional Hockey League.

Born in White Plains, New York, he began his playing career attending Tilton and Avon Old Farms Prep School.  A.J. then finished high school in the USHL with the Des Moines Buccaneers.  After a season at the University of New Hampshire, A.J. transferred to the University of Wisconsin-River Falls where he was a two-time NCAA All-American helping his team win two WIAC Championships (2006 and 2007) and one NCHA Championship (2007).

AJ graduated with a B.S. in Communication from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He currently resides in Woodbury, MN, with his wife, Danielle.

Phone: 603-540-5719

Email: aj@magicianshockey.com 

Assistant Coach

Gaven Bickford

Gaven Bickford was named Minnesota Magicians’ Assistant Coach in the summer 2018. Gaven is also hands-on with our AAA feeder system at the U18 level down to the mite level.

Throughout the years, Gaven has developed a passion for all levels of hockey and gives back through coaching. He has directed and counseled numerous hockey camps around the Midwest.

Gaven is from Crosslake, Minnesota where he played his youth and High School hockey for the Northern Lakes Lightning. After High School, Gaven attended Siena College in Albany, New York, where he earned a degree in Marketing and was a member of the Club Hockey Team (ACHA).

Gaven currently resides in Uptown, Minneapolis.

Email: gaven@magicianshockey.com

Phone: 612-532-4981

Trainers

Tria

TRIA is proud to partner with the Minnesota Magicians. As part of this partnership, TRIA provides Athletic Trainers and Doctors to all of the Magicians games at Richfield Ice Arena.
 
Sports medicine doctors from The Tria Orthopaedic Center have served as team physicians to Minnesota professional sports teams and athletic programs, including the Minnesota Magicians, for over 25 years. This experience translates into improved management of sports-related injuries for athletes of all ages and skill levels. Players have access to these reputable sports-medicine physicians who are also committed to patient care and investing in education and research. Future sports medicine professionals are trained through TRIA’s accredited sports medicine fellowship program in affiliation with the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Minnesota.
 
TRIA was built on the strengths of each of its partners for the benefit of our patients and the community while advancing the science of orthopedic medicine. March 15, 2005, TRIA opened at 494 & France Avenue in Bloomington, Minnesota, offering comprehensive orthopedic care – from diagnosis to treatment to surgery – at one convenient location.