General Manager/Head Coach
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.
Assistant Coach and Director of Hockey Operations
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.
Medical Trainer: Chris Walker, 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.
Strength and Performance Coach: Spencer Ohm
Growing up in a small-town, Spencer was afforded the opportunity to play a big role as a three sport athlete and further his career collegiately and professionally. Being an athlete, he was always interested in how he could improve his game, keep him healthy, and train in ways that made more sense in relation to his athletic ability and playing the Quarterback position at every level. Which is how he was introduced to ETS back in 2011, just before his senior collegiate football season. It was then that he knew he not only found the right combination of culture and training to increase his competitive edge, but also a place of integrity, leadership, and an unparalleled dynamic atmosphere surrounded by other likeminded individuals that made him a better athlete and a better person. With the playing days well behind him, he has an immense passion for not only leading athletes, but helping them realize their own potential and go far and beyond what they thought might be possible on and off the field, which is why Spencer came back to ETS in August of 2017 and never looked back.
Defensive Skills Coach
Nick supports the coaching staff by working with the Magicians defense. Nick attends practices and games several times per month to reiterate the coaching staffs approach and fine tune the defensive side of the game.
Nick began his ice hockey career playing in the Duluth youth leagues where he honed his skills before playing at Duluth East High School. During his senior year, Angell led the Duluth East Greyhounds in winning the 1998 Minnesota High School Boys Hockey tournament and was nominated for the Mr. Hockey award, which is given to Minnesota's most valuable high school hockey player. He was then recruited to play for the University of Minnesota in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I, from 1998 to 2002, where he helped Minnesota win their fifth NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship in 2002. Nick then went on to play 10 years at the professional level in the AHL, UHL, Swedish Elite League, DEL and KHL.
Nick resides in Minnetonka, MN with his family.
Skating and Shooting Skills Specialist
Casey serves as a skills coach for the Magicians. He is the founder of ReadReact Hockey located in the twin cities in Minnesota.
Casey began his hockey playing career in White Bear Lake, Minnesota and went on to play for Hill-Murray High School as a forward. After graduation, Casey moved on to play Junior Hockey for the Minnesota Lakers and was fortunate enough to win a National Championship. In 2008, Casey started his coaching career training players as well as goalies. Studying and teaching the intricacies of all positions has given Casey a deeper understanding of the game and helped him become a better overall coach.
Today, Casey possesses a very unique skill set having logged more than 10,000 hours training. Additionally, Casey has trained players and goalies of all ages in Alaska, Seattle, Chicago, Notre Dame, Denver, Ontario, and Michigan.
Casey resides in White Bear Lake, MN with his family.