Hockey Operations

General Manager and Director of Scouting

Gaven Bickford

Gaven Bickford was named Minnesota Magicians' General Manager and Director of Scouting during the 2020-21 season. This will be Gaven's third season with the Magicians and over the past two years (Previously Assistant Coach and Director of Player Personnel), the Magicians have a record of 57-44-12 (.564 Winning Percentage). Bickford has overseen 30 NCAA commitments; including 18 at the Division One level and three NHL draft picks.

As General Manager and Director of Scouting, Bickford will oversee all aspects of hockey and business operations including managing the coaching staff, leading recruiting efforts and player movement, as well as operating off-season hockey programming and strategic plan for the overall growth of the organization.

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 Richfield, MN.

Assistant General Manager and Head Coach

Stu Bickel

Stu is entering his first season with the Magicians.

Stu joins the Magicians following two seasons as an assistant at the University of Minnesota where he worked with both forwards and defensemen.  Prior to joining the Gophers staff in 2018, the Minnesota native played 10 years professionally, including 76 regular-season NHL games with the New York Rangers and the Minnesota Wild as well as 18 Stanley Cup playoff games with the Rangers.

As an amateur player, Bickel skated in 45 collegiate games with the University of Minnesota.  In three seasons of junior hockey, he accumulated 122 games between the NAHL (Southern Minnesota Express) and USHL (Green Bay and Sioux Falls).  He served as a captain with the 2007 Clark Cup Champions, Sioux Falls Stampede. From 2002-2005, Stu played high school hockey at Minnetonka and Eden Prairie in Minnesota.


Assistant Coach

Jake Hansen

Hansen is in his first season as the Magicians Assistant Coach and recently concluded his professional career, which spanned nine seasons and included stops in six different countries.

A third-round (#68) pick by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, Hansen signed his first NHL contract with the team in 2012.  Prior to his professional career, Hansen played four seasons at the University of Minnesota.

During his senior campaign, he collected 38 points in 43 games, helping lead the Gophers to the 2012 NCAA Frozen Four.  Before wearing the maroon and gold, Hansen played two seasons with the Sioux Falls Stampede of the USHL, ranking second on the team and ninth in the league in scoring during the 2007-08 season.  In 2007, Hansen captured the USHL Clark Cup national championship alongside current Magicians Head Coach Stu Bickel.  Hansen also played high school hockey at White Bear Lake High School from 2005-2007.

Medical Trainer: Christina Neville, 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.

Strength and Performance Coach: Noah Draper

ETS Central 

Noah is in his first season as the Magicians Strength and Performance Coach.

Noah, grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, where he played baseball and football throughout his youth. Got offers to play football out of high school but decided to pursue my college career at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. He studied exercise science there for 4 years and graduated in 2019. After college, Noah jumped right into ETS an intern which lead into becoming director of operations at ETS Central.

I enjoy working out, playing baseball, and board sports.

Head Scout - Jeff DeGree

Jeff joined the Magicians scouting staff after three years at St. Olaf College as an assistant coach where his responsibilities included recruiting, video, special teams, and working with the team’s defensemen.

Prior to that he was the head coach at Colorado State University where he led the Rams to their first national tournament at the ACHA Division 1 level.  He was named the Coach of the Year in the Western Collegiate Hockey League and nominated for the ACHA National Division 1 Coach of the Year award.  While in Colorado, Jeff was also the Rocky Mountain Regional Scout for the Sioux City Musketeers of the USHL.

Prior to coaching at St. Olaf and CSU, Jeff served in various leadership roles with the Minneapolis Youth Hockey Association, most recently as the Director of Coaching, responsible for overseeing the recruiting, selection, placement, development and training of over 200 coaches in an association with over 700 youth players.

Jeff is a retired attorney who lives in Minneapolis, where he and his wife raised two boys.

Minnesota Scout - Josh Spaniol

Minnesota Regional Scout - Derek Lafferty

Duluth Area Scout - Andy Sorben