meet the coaches
Casey Rooney 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 Lakers and was fortunate enough to win a National Championship. In 2008, Casey began working with ProHybrid as a goalie instructor and shooter for elite goalie prospects. Studying and teaching the intricacies of the goalie position 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 both skaters and goalies. He is currently the Director of Player Skills Development for the Minnesota Icemen AAA program. He was an assistant coach for the Forest Lake Lakers, a Tier III Jr. A hockey team located in Forest Lake, Minnesota. Additionally, Casey has trained players and goalies of all ages in Alaska, Seattle, Chicago, Notre Dame, Denver, Ontario, and Michigan.
Other unique facts about Casey that are worth mentioning. He was a skating double in the movie Mighty Ducks 3. This movie’s commercial success ultimately paved the way for the creation of the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, (now the Anaheim Ducks) NHL team. In 2012 Casey competed in the Red Bull Crashed Ice, one of the world's most breathtaking winter sports events where riders hurtle down courses up to 600 meters long in groups of four, shoulder to shoulder, as they fight it out for victory.
Orignially from Wisconsin, Sam Nelson has accomplished a lot over the years. From playing three years of junior hockey to playing college hockey for the Concordia College Cobbers. Sam is a dedicated, determined individual who loves to share his passion of hockey with players, and goalies like him. Coaching is a passion for Sam, as not only does he find it fulfilling but he continues to learn more about the game through coaching the next generation of hockey players.
Emilie Brigham is a recent graduate of the University of Maine where she played four years of NCAA Division I hockey as a Black Bear. She captained the team in her junior and senior seasons and was a three time UMaine Scholar Athlete and Hockey East All-Academic team member.
Before Maine, Emilie played at Anoka High School where she was captain and earned a Hobey Baker Award in her senior season. Emilie has spent time coaching youth hockey players for several years across Minnesota and Maine. Most recently, Emilie was the head coach for the St. Francis/North Branch Girls’ High School team in the 2017-2018 season.
A.J. is currently the General Manager / Head Coach of the Minnesota Magicians in the NAHL. Before taking on this role, 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.
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.
I started playing hockey at the age of 4. I played high school hockey for two years at Chisago Lakes High School, making a state appearance in 2014. After that I played a year of AAA in the NAPHL for the Minnesota Revolution before moving onto junior hockey for two years, including a year in the NOJHL for the Blind River Beavers in Ontario. I am currently going into my junior year of college and playing at Hamline University