For at least the third time this season, the Green Bay Gamblers saw their weekend plans altered due to the coronavirus.
The USHL made the announcement Thursday afternoon that the games between the Gamblers and the Youngstown Phantoms would be postponed. Make-up dates have not been set.
Earlier in the day, Gamblers Team President Jeff Mitchell shared this message with fans online:
March was a busy month for the Green Bay Gamblers, as the team played 12 games, eight of which at the Resch Center. With 11 games remaining in the regular season, the Gamblers sit in 3rd place in the USHL Eastern Division with a mark of 26-14-3. Top four teams in each division qualify for the playoffs.
On the ice, USA Hockey named Gamblers Head Coach/General Manager Pat Mikesch head coach of Team USHL for the upcoming BioSteel All-American Game, Wednesday, April 7 in Plymouth, Michigan. Team USHL is made up of the top American born players competing in the USHL who are eligible for the NHL Entry Draft. The BioSteel All American Game (Team USHL vs United States U18 Team) will be televised on the NHL Network. Start time 7:05 PM.
Mason Lohrei set the team record for points in a season by a defenseman. Lohrei’s 53 points (15 goals & 38 assists) surpassed Derrick LaPoint (Eau Claire, WI), who tallied 49 points during the 2006-2007 campaign. Lohrei (Verona, WI), who five times this year has garnered USHL Defensive Player of the Week honors, leads all USHL defenseman and ranks 6th overall in league scoring. Lohrei was selected by the Boston Bruins in the 2nd round of the 2020 NHL Entry Draft.
Along with multiple sellout crowds (2,200), March also featured the 1st Annual We Gotcha’ Girl promotion, which asked fans to donate feminine hygiene products for those in need in our communities across Northeast Wisconsin. The generosity of our fans was evident, as many much-needed products were collected.
March 27 was the annual running of the ReschMinster Oaks Wiener Dog Race. Along with the wiener dogs racing on the ice, team also collected pet food and supplies for the Happily, Ever After Animal Sanctuary. Once again, Gambler fans were more than generous.
In April, the Gamblers play four home games (4/14, 4/16, 4/17 & 4/19), including the Teddy Bear Toss on the 17th. This year’s toss will look a little different, as opposed to tossing bears on the ice after the Gamblers first goal, team will be collecting stuffed animals prior to the games on April 16 and 17. Only stuffed animals that are brand new (tag still on) and in a plastic bag will be accepted All stuffed animals collected are donated to Pediatric Care patients at Aurora BayCare.
For a list of home games, start times and ticket information go to the team’s webpage www.gamblershockey.com or Facebook page
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