Luke Strand returns to TW
Team Wisconsin announces coaching changes for the U18
program. Effectively immediately, Luke Strand has accepted
the role of Head Coach for the U18 Midget Major Team.
Coach Strand has a very diverse coaching background, most
recently with the University of Wisconsin as Associate Head
Coach. Coach Strand has coaching experience at every level.
Coach Strand has NHL, AHL, Division 1 College, Division 3 College
hockey. Prior to his role at Wisconsin, Coach Strand was Head
Coach and General Manger for the Madison Capitols of the
USHL. Coach Strand was also the Co-Coach of our Team
Wisconsin U16 team in 2013-2014 that won the U16 Tier 1 National
Title in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
Coach Strand will be in Green Bay this weekend to lead our U18
team during the Final Camp portion of our tryout process.
Joining Coach Strand on the U18 coaching staff will be Tim Smith
and John Mitchell. Coach Smith and Coach Mitchell return for
ndseason with Team Wisconsin U18. Coach Smith will
be the Associate Head Coach and Coach Mitchell will remain in
his role as Assistant Coach.
Director of Hockey Operations
21 Team Wisconsin Alumni on 2016 USHL Rosters
Tarek Baker –Bloomington Thunder
Adam Parsells– Chicago Steel
Ty Pelton-Byce– Des Moines Buccaneers
Keegan Ford– Dubuque Fighting Saints
(Michigan Tech - Waunaukee)
Ryan Wischow– Fargo Force (St. Lawrence -
Brock Caufield– Green Bay Gamblers (Ohio
State – Stevens Point)
Brett Gruber– Green Bay Gamblers (Arizona
State – Notre Dame Academy)
Matt Berkovitz– Green Bay Gamblers
(Wisconsin – Ashwaubenon)
Collin Peters– Lincoln Stars (Northern
Michigan University – Sheboygan)
Mick Messner– Madison Capitols (Wisconsin
– Madison West)
Charlie Parker– Madison Capitols
Alec Broetzman– Madison Capitols (St. Thomas
Billy Jerry- Madison Capitols (St. Thomas
Robby Fosdick– Madison Capitols
Cooper Watson– Madison Capitols (Michigan
Tony Stillwell– Sioux City Musketeers
(Wisconsin-Notre Dame Academy)
Aaron Miller– Sioux Falls Stampede (Bemidji
State University -Superior)
Tristan Rostagno– Sioux Falls Stampede
(Michigan Tech -Arrowhead)
Carver Watson– Tri-City Storm (Michigan
Sam McCormick– Waterloo Blackhawks (Ohio
State-Notre Dame Academy)
Kevin Conley– Youngstown Phantoms
12 current and former Team Wisconsin players selected in 2016 USHL Draft
USHL Phase 1 Draft:
Justin Engelkes– Round 7, Des Moines
USHL Phase 2 Draft:
Alec Semandel– Round 4, Madison Capitols
Justin Kendall– Round 4, Lincoln Stars
Jackson Charlesworth– Round 5, Green Bay
Aaron Grounds– Round 6, Chicago Steel
Michael Karow– Round 7, Youngstown
Cole Paskus– Round 9, Fargo Force
Dylan Ross– Round 10, Lincoln Stars
Trey LaBarge– Round 11, Waterloo
Vincent Weis– Round 13, Madison Capitols
Grant Reichenbacher– Round 14, Lincoln
Blais Richartz– Round 14, Tri-City Storm
TW U16 & Appleton HS Trenton Bliss commits to UW Madison
TW would like to congratulate Trenton Bliss on securing a D1
commitment from Univ of Wisconsin Madison. Trenton has been a
role model on his high school team by experiencing everything High
School hockey has to offer, on and off the ice. Trenton is
the perfect example of why High School Hockey and TW are the right
fit for many elite athletes in our state. Trenton is part of
the USHL Green Bay Gamblers association and plans to play with them
prior to starting at Wisconsin.
TW Tryouts are Complete for the 2015-16 Season
TW tryouts for the 2015-16 season are complete. All Players have
been contacted and have acknowledged. Rosters will be posted
on the website once finalized. We will have movement of
players with USHL call ups and injuries. We will email info
to those attending our final camp but not selected to a team
concerning placement on their local WEHL team by June
If you have any questions, please contact us at
Why play High School Hockey
Great article on NHL players and their Minn High School
Experience. College Coaches are taking note and prioritizing
Team Wisconsin games and players as part of their fall and spring
recruitment, many of the TW/Wisc HS players are moving on to
College and some to the NHL. I'm sure if you ask them we
would hear similar experiences as our neighbors to the west.
Team Wisconsin U18 names Tim Smith as Head Coach for 2015-2016.
“Team Wisconsin U18 will be led by Tim
Smith in 2015-2016. Coach Smith replaces Wes Bolin, as
we look to continue build a consistent and successful U18
program. Tim brings a fresh vision and mirrors our philosophy
on player development within the Team Wisconsin structure.
Coach Smith recently finished his playing career at
Minnesota-Duluth, one of the most well respected division 1
programs in the country. Coach is excited to give back to the
game and help further Wisconsin hockey player development”
– TW Director of Hockey Operations Cory McCracken
“Coach Smith is a great fit with our program for multiple
reasons. First and foremost, he is a recent player that
understands the current trends in the game. Team Wisconsin,
from an organizational perspective, needs all of our teams to align
in player development. Coach Smith offers current and future
U18 players a unique opportunity. The ability to teach, coach
and develop players is our primary goal at Team
Wisconsin. Team Wisconsin believes that Coach Smith has
the ability to do those things while driving team success in a very
challenging Elite League environment.” – TW Director of
Coaching Brad Byce
Coach Smith has a strong playing background in the game and his
development path took him in several directions as a player.
Coach Smith is a 2008 graduate of Superior High School and a four
year letter winner at SHS. Coach Smith also played for Team
Wisconsin U16 and U18 programs during his time at SHS. Coach
Smith recently completed his playing career at the University of
University of Minnesota-Duluth (2011-2014)
Indiana Ice – USHL (2010-2011)
Providence College (2009)
Owatonna Express – NAHL (2008-2009)
Team Wisconsin U18 (2006-2008)
Team Wisconsin U16 (2005-2006)
Suprerior High School (2004-2008)
TW Alumni & Fond du Lac HS Michael Wilson commits to West Point
TW would like to congratulate TW & FDL HS Alumni Michael
Wilson on securing a home for school and hockey at West
Point. I have seen numerous young men go thru the WEHL and TW
over the last 10 years. I was lucky enough to spend time with
Michael and his parents over some of those years. Mr &
Mrs Wilson raised a very honorable and respectable young man, kudos
to both of you. "I'm thrilled to see Michael not only secure
a college and hockey opportunity but as a veteran I'm honored that
he will represent his country by serving in the US Army." -Michael
Larabell TW GM
Congrats to Michael and we wish him the best. I will have
to teach you to cheer for Navy in the football games:)
TW Alumni & Ashwaubenon HS Ryan Wischow commits to St Lawrence Univ
TW would like to congratulate Ryan Wischow on securing a D1
commitment from St Lawrence University. Ryan was a key to
anchoring TW U18 in the net last year helping TW U18's earn a 3rd
place finish at Nationals. Ryan is currenlty playing with the
NAHL Michigan Warriors.
TW Alumni & Superior HS Aaron Miller commits to Bemidji
TW would like to congratulate Aaron Miller on securing a D1
commitment from Bemidji. Aaron was a huge asset to the
success of TW the year prior and helped TW U18's earn a 3rd place
finish at Nationals. Aaron is currenlty playing with the NAHL
TW 16U back to Nationals
TW 16U boys went 1-0-2 in pool play showing that Wisconsin grass
roots can play with the top teams in the country., this advanced
them out of pool play to the final 8 in the country at Tier
1. Omaha proved a tough foe and took the victory 3-0 over
TW. Great showing and performance by TW 16U Boys, very proud
of the players, coaches and parents.
TW 16U boys have received and accepted a spot in the USA Hockey
National Tournament being held in Amherst NY March 26th-30th.
For Team Wisconsin this is back to back appearances in the biggest
16U exposure tournament held in the US.
USA Hockey 2015 NTDP taps into TW 16U Boys.
USA Hockey has released their National Development Program
invitees which includes two Wisconsin players, both are current TW
16U Boys/WIAA players. Congrats to TW 16U & Stevens Point
High School Brock Caufield and TW 16U & Madison West High
School Mick Messner. Best of luck to these young men at the
tryout. Brock is currently committed to Ohio State and Mick
is committed to Wisconsin.
TW 14U & 16U Boys Tier 1 2015 State Champions
Congrats to the TW 14U & 16U Boys on winning the WAHA 2015
Tier 1 State Tournament and moving on to Central Districts.
TW Elite Prep notched a 4-0 win over the Mil Jr Ads 15U to
start out the weekend, TW 18U went 1-1 on the weekend.
Combined the 4 Boys TW teams went 7-1-1 on the weekend.
Luke Strand returns to his TW roots and calls up TW U18 Anthony Stillwell to USHL Caps
TW would like to wish Tony (TW U18 and Notre Dame High School)
the best of luck as he moves on to the next stage of his life and
hockey career. Tony will finish out the sping with the USHL
Caps joining many of his old TW and Notre Dame teammates under USHL
Coach Strand. Congrats and best of luck to Tony and Coach
Strand. Looking forward to seeing you in a Badger sweater
TW Alumni Jacob Kupsky playing in the NAHL commits to Union
TW U16 & Madison West Mick Messner commits to D1 UW Badgers
Congratulations to TW U16 & Madison West Mick Messner on
securing a D1 commitment to UW Badgers.
TW U18 & Sheboygan Red Raider Collin Peters called up to USHL
TW would like to congratulate Collin on his call up to the USHL
in Jan 2015. Collin will finish the 2014-2015 season with the
Sioux Falls Stampede. Best of luck to Collin and one step
closer to putting on that Northern Michigan sweater you earned.
Congrats to TW alumni Brett Gruber & Mason Appleton who committed to D1 Arizona State and Michigan State University
Congratulations to Brett and Mason on securing D1 commitments at
ASU & MSU. As former members of TW and Notre Dame HS we
are thrilled to see the hard work both of you have put in during HS
and after in the BCHL/USHL paying off. Best of luck and look
forward to seeing you in an ASU & MSU sweater.
Taking it to the Next Level!
Team Wisconsin would like to congratulate
Brock Caufieldon his recent
commitment to play at
Brock is a member of our 2014-15 U16 Team and is also attending
and playing for Stevens Point High School.
News Release: TW on the NHL Radar
TW is proud to be respresented on the NHL Central Scouting
Preliminary 2015 Players to Watch list. Current TW U18
along with recent
Kevin Conley (Youngstown - USHL)
Tristan Rostagno (Amarillo - NAHL)
are this year's list.
Click here NHL.COM details
News Release: Matthew Berkovitz drafted by NHL Anaheim Ducks
TW would like to congratulate Matthew Berkovitz (TW U18) for being
selected in 2014 NHL draft by the Anaheim Ducks. Matthew had a
difficult decision a year ago to stay and play TW/WIAA or leave
home and play in the USHL. Fortunately for Matthew, his decision to
stay and play TW helped to raise his value to the NHL Scouts.
Matthew was a cornerstone of TW U18's defensive core and his play
in the UMEL during the fall and his play in the USA Hockey National
Tournament earned Matthew these honors. Congrats and best of luck.
Click here NHL.COM details
News Release: Senators sign forward Max McCormick to entry-level contract
TW would like to congratulate Max McCormick. Max is a former Team
Wisconsin U16 & U18, WEHL U16, Notre Dame HS and WIAA 2010
Player of the Year signs NHL contract with Ottawa.
Team Wisconsin Coaching Update 2014-2015
TW would like to congratulate Luke Strand on his new opportunity as
Head Coach and General Manager of the Madison Capitols USHL
franchise. TW fully appreciates everything he brought to our
program. Coach Strand was instrumental in player development, which
led to multiple U16s drafted in the USHL, Division 1 Scholarships
and a 2014 National Championship. As players earn their opportunity
within our program, coaches are no different. Success leads to
opportunity. Best wishes to Coach Strand on his new
TW will remain a great place for players to develop both on and off
the ice. The 2013-14 Season defines this thought process. In the
2013-14 season we had 15 players drafted in the USHL, 7 players
receive D1 commitments and 5 players make the NHL watch list.
Compare those numbers to other Tier 1 programs and you will see we
are doing things right and the WIAA + TW combination is working in
Having Coach Strand in our program allowed many of our coaches to
mentor under him this past year and understand, teach and implement
the changes in the game.
Team Wisconsin returns coaches from the 2013-14, which allows for
consistency for the 2014-15 season:
- U14 Head Coach Brad Byce (TW 2013-14 U16 Coach and winner of
multiple Tier 1 National Titles!)
- U16 Head Coach Paul Caufield (TW 2013-14 U14 Coach and National
- U16 Assistant Coach Craig Johnson (TW 2013-14 U16 Assistant
- U15 Head Coach Bob Schroeder (TW 2013-14 U15 Prep Development
We are interviewing numerous candidates for the U18 Head Coach and
will have that position filled in the next few weeks.
Team Wisconsin provides high school hockey players an aggressive
Tier 1 schedule giving them great exposure and opportunity. TW
U14,U16 and U18 play a top five Tier 1 schedule in the country, as
determined by MyHockeyRankings.com strength of schedule
calculations. The foundation of our success is based on player
development, competition and great coaching, all of which will be a
foundation of our success going forward.
Congratulations to All TW Players Drafted in the USHL "2014"
Team Wisconsin is proud to recognize the following players drafted
into the USHL this year:
- Sioux City Phase
1 2nd Round #8
- Sioux Falls
Phase 1 6th Round #6
- Tri City Phase 2
1st round #3 overall
- Chicago Phase 2
2nd Round #19
- Cedar Rapids
Phase 2 4th Round #67
- Fargo Phase 2
6th Round #101
- Cedar Rapids
Phase 2 7th Round #107
- Fargo Phase 2
6th Round #100
- Waterloo Phase 2
8th Round #135
- Chicago Phase 2
9th Round #150
- Fargo Phase 2
10th Round #152
– Green Bay,
Phase 2 10th Round #193
- Des Moines,
Phase 2 14th Round #219
Caps, Phase 2 19th Round #303
- Sioux City,
Phase 2 round 21 #341
"I think it is a tribute to the TW teams, staffs and schedule. It
is growth for Wisconsin hockey which is the exact direction we need
for the the state. A successful step for Team Wisconsin." -Luke
Congratulations 2013-14 Boys U16 - NATIONAL CHAMPIONS!!
With goal from Tony Stillwell (Assist to Broetzman and Pelton-Byce)
in the FOURTH OVERTIME, Team Wisconsin comes away with a 2-1
victory over the Colorado Thunderbirds! Congrats to Coach Byce,
Coach Strand, Coach Johnson and all the boys on a GREAT WEEKEND
capping off a GREAT SEASON!
The TW U14 and U18 Teams also had very successful championship
The U18 squad
finished 3rd overall and the U14 boys made it to the final 8 with
their only losses against the two teams that ended up in the
championship. TW overall had 11 wins and 4 losses. That's
impressive for any organization, but for teams that split up for
four months of the season, it's extra impressive. Great job to the
all the players, TW coaches and high school coaches that helped
with the 2013-14 season!
Congratulations 2013-14 Boys Elite Prep Development Team
2013 Bauer World Hockey Invite - AAA Vapor Division Champions -
Congratulations 2013-14 Boys U16
2013 NAHL Tournament Champions - Blaine, MN!
Congratulations to 2012-13 TW-U16
Warrior Invitational Tournament Champions!
Team Wisconsin U16 players make D1 verbal commitments
Congratulations to Matt Berkovitz; University of Wisconsin and
Tristan Rostagno; Michigan Tech.
Team Wisconsin U16 Wins the NAHL Future Prospects Tournament
Congratulations to the Team Wisconsin U16 group on becoming the 2011 Tier 1 Wisconsin State Champions