General Manager/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.
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.