Director of Hockey Operations / Head Coach: Mark Vichorek
Coach Vichorek had these thoughts about the 2015-16 season, ” We made some great strides this past season moving from 5th place the year before to 3rd place this year in the Frontier Division. The last three years we have made huge improvements from years past in our record and in our play. We have had major improvements in every area this past season. We were first in our division in power play percentage and power play goals scored. We were first in our division in penalty kill percentage and third overall in the NA3HL. Our 29 game win season and 65 points were the most since the Icedogs were part of the NAHL in 2006. The Icedogs qualified for the playoffs for the first time since that 2006 season. Many colleges and the NAHL have taken notice of our players to be looked at and moved up. What we are doing is working and moving in the right direction for our players, the organization and the community. This is very exciting. My job as a coach is to move players up as quickly as possible and prepare my players for Tier I or Tier II hockey and then on to college. This season we have 6 players aging out and moving on to colleges. Kegan Couture is going to be playing NCAA D-3 hockey this year and the others have offers and are working on their committments. If our record suffers because we have players moving up to the NAHL, USHL or college hockey, then we are doing our job as a successful developmental program. The 2016-17 season should be very exciting building off the great work the organization had this last year.” said Vichorek.
I believe joining the NA3HL was a good move for our league and players. It gives credibility and an opportunity to be closely affiliated with the NAHL. Having draft picks and tenders also helps us compete for players we would otherwise not have an opportunity to work with.
Mark Played Junior Hockey in the USHL for the Sioux City Musketeers and was drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1982 Entry draft. He went on to play 4 years at Lake Superior State University where he was team Captain his Senior year following his Sophomore and Junior seasons as an Alternate Captain. He was also Freshman of the year for the Lakers. Mark also set a school record for consecutive games played for LSSU.
After college Mark signed a two year contract with the Hartford Whalers (Carolina Hurricanes). Mark played in the Los Angeles Kings organization as well as four teams in the International and American Leagues. His 7 year career ended in retirement in 1993 and 562 professional games.
After retiring from professional hockey Mark started his coaching career as a General Manager/Head Coach of a minor professional team. Mark then became an Assistant Coach at Michigan Tech University of the WCHA. After a coaching change at MTU he returned home to coach his high school team for 6 years in Moose Lake, Minnesota.
“I took a break from coaching for a few years to watch my kids play in college and Team USA for my daughter Montana and professionally for my son Taylor. During that time I stayed in contact with several colleges and junior teams and consulted on players for them.” said Vichorek of the following years. Mark also runs Top Prospect Hockey clinics in the Midwest.
Mark is married to his wife, Bette, and as mentioned earlier, has two children, Taylor and Montana. Mark can be contacted at email@example.com.
Adam has spent the past three years working with Mark Vichorek in several capacities. He was behind the bench with Vichorek while he coached the Central Wisconsin Saints in 2012-2013. Adam currently coaches the Grafton Ice Hawks in Grafton, Wisconsin. “Adam has been invaluable to me these past few years and he is sometimes under appreciated. He played in the NAHL for a stint as and was a pretty tough player in his own right. Adam’s loyalty to me and now the Icedogs is very encouraging and I am sure his teams appreciate what he knows as well. Adam fits very well into our staff because he is honest and holds accountability on and off the ice and that is something this organization believes in,” said Caoch Vichorek of Adam.
Adam is also extemely helpful on website issues and is a very good recruiter for us in the Midwest region.
If you are a player in the Wisconsin or Northern Illinois area and are interested in playing for the Icedogs you can contact Qutaishat at firstname.lastname@example.org.