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Staff

Coaching

Head Coach
Neil Breen

Coach Breen has a wealth of playing and coaching experience. Neil began his Junior Hockey playing career with the Nanaimo Clippers of the BCHL as a 16-year-old, he then moved on to the Omaha Lancers of the USHL where he captained the team and lead them to a Clark Cup Championship. Neil's play for the Lancer's earned him a scholarship to Quinnipiac University where he was again named Captain, lead his team into the NCAA playoffs, scored over 100 points and was inducted into the Quinnipiac University Hall of Fame. Upon graduation from QU Neil played a year of Professional Hockey in the Central Hockey League before entering the teaching profession for four years. Coach Breen's love of the game drew him back in and he left teaching to become a fulltime Hockey Coach in the Eastern Hockey League with the Hartford Junior Wolfpack. From there Neil moved to the NAHL with the Springfield Junior Blues, and on to the Tri-City Storm of the USHL. Most recently Neil was a Head Coach in the Canadian Sports School Hockey League.

Neil's success as a player was based on a skilled, hardnosed work ethic, a style he has been able to instill in the players he has coached, many of whom have moved on to the D-I, D-III, and Professional Levels including the NHL. Neil's successful coaching style is based on developing a combination of skill and work ethic, in each and every player in order to help them move to the next level. Coach Breen attributes much of his success as a coach not only his hockey background but also to what he learned as an educator. Neil's impeccable references include a number of very notable D-I Head Coaches, Canadian Hockey League General Managers and Head Coaches, as well US Junior League Coaches, his extensive hockey community connections will be of great help to the Stampede players and organization.

Neil, his wife Heather, and baby girl Jesse James, due in February, are very excited to bring "Breener Hockey" to the Stampede and the City of Cheyenne.


Associate Coach
Heath Lantz

Heath Lantz is joining the Cheyenne Stampede as the Associate Coach of the Stampede. Heath started his hockey journey as a 5-year old skating with the The Cheyenne Capitals. He played with the Wyoming Stars and Team Wyoming and went on to a successful high school hockey career with the Capitals. At the young age of 16, Heath signed on with the Cheyenne Stampede Jr. A in the WSHL. Heath played 5 years of Junior hockey with the Stampede where he set all time records not only with the Stampede but also in the WSHL. Heath holds the Stampede all time games played record with 231 games, Stampede all time points record with 239 points, Stampede all time Goals with 86 goals, and Stampede all time assists with 147 assists. Heath also ranks in the WSHL all time points at number 6, WSHL all time goals at number 12 and WSHL all time assists at number 6. Heath has a passion for coaching hockey and emphasizes the importance of trying your hardest and giving it your best in all you do both on and off the ice. Heath has a reputation for being a team player and has always put the team before himself.


Sales and Marketing


Team Sales & Marketing

Coming Soon

 


Sales, Marketing, and Group Sales Contact

Please Contact:

Mark Lantz, GM, 307-630-6726,  prefer e-mail:
Mark@Stampede.Hockey

Group Sales
Tammy Lantz, CPA
CPA@CheyenneStampede.com



Educational Coordinator

Amy Kassel

Amy earned a bachelor's degree at Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, and a master's degree at Western Illinois University, Macomb. She has achieved National Board Certification and continues her education through courses such as the Summer Math Institute at the University of Wyoming and the Mathematics Teacher Leadership Program through the University of Wyoming and University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. She received a 2010 Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award. Amy has 23 years of teaching experience teaching high school mathematics.


Scouts

Mid-Western Regional Scout
Chad Stewart

Originally from Sioux City, IA is where Chad began his hockey career. Eventually making his way to play AAA midget hockey in Omaha, NE. Eventually Chad worked his way up to Junior hockey playing for the Phoenix Jr. Roadrunners, Great Northern Snow Devils, Sioux City Musketeers , and Waterloo Blackhawks of the USHL before sustaining an injury that unfortunately ended his playing career. With his love for the game intact Chad began coaching immediately after that, coaching for 4 years in the Siouxland Youth Hockey Association before becoming an official. Chad became an on-ice official for 15 seasons making his way through the ranks of the USHL and NAHL before retiring in 2015. Chad now resides in Omaha, NE with his wife Laci, daughter Austynn, and son Camden where he is also a billet for 2 players on the Omaha AAA 16U team and has recently became an assistant coach for the club as well. We are excited about the addition of Chad and look forward to working with him for many seasons to come.

 

Alberta & Western Canada Regional Scout
Brian Noad

Brian brings a great deal of knowledge and success in the game and has a passion to help players develop towards a higher level of play. Brian played his junior hockey in Canada with the Markham Waxers and the Pickering Panthers in the OJHL. After his playing career Brian began developing hockey players as a coach at the Midget AAA and Jr A level and has been doing so for an impressive 32 years. Additionally, Noad's coaching has helped the likes of NHL standouts Trevor Daly, Raffi Toress, and Dominic Moore back in their midget AAA days. He's coached The Toronto Jr. Canadiens midget AAA to a league championship and the Slave Lake Midget team to a 2014 Midget Provincial Championship. Was a Jr A head coach of the Stouffville Sprit and the Ajax Axemen.  Currently Brian Resides in Alberta and is excited to join the Stampede family.

 

Vancouver & Canada West Coast Regional Scout
Cory Dick

Cory is an excellent addition to the Stampede staff not only for his hockey knowledge and experience but his diversity in the sport. As you can see by his picture, Cory is a competitor.  He has played high level hockey from a young age but in 1993 found his passion to coach. Cory has coached up through minor hockey to the Rep Midget level and has solidified his place in the coaching world out West. His multiple talents have brought him to work for teams in the WHL, BCHL, KIJHL, VIJHL, and Major Midget hockey across the province of BC. These connections are because of his ability to find and coach quality hockey players. Additionally, his hockey connections to players through his fitness and nutrition business is impressive. He works with high level Midget AAA, Jr A, College and Pro players on their fitness and nutrition virtually every day.  Cory is excited about joining the Stampede family and we are excited to have him on board.

 

New Jersey & US Eastern Regional Scout
Dan Prigge

Dan comes to the Stampede family via Fair Lawn, New Jersey and has played hockey the past 18 years of his life as a goalie. Dan played Rep Hockey at a high level with the Ice Vault Bandits and was a 4-year varsity starter for Fair Lawn High School in the competitive NJ HS hockey circuit. He received all-league and all-north jersey accolades as a player. Dan graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and currently about to graduate from Saint Peter's University with an MBA. For the 2018-19 hockey season Can is slotted to be the goalie coach for the Jersey City Capitals. Prigge also has a background in Collegiate baseball and generally has a knack for discovering talent in athletics. We are happy to have Dan on board and look forward to having him continue being a contributing member of the Stampede!

 


Stampede Equipment Manager

Ray Sterling

Ray is in his first year with the Stampede and brings 25+ years of professional sports experience to the Cheyenne Stampede locker room. Hailing from Palo Alto, California, Ray attended Fullerton College in California where he studied Criminal Justice and has worked professionally in the NFL, NBA, and MLB.

Before joining the Stampede, Ray spent the previous seasons with the SPHL's Rail Yard Dawgs of Roanoke, VA. Ray is excited to be with the Stampede and looks forward to molding our young players into Good Citizens and helping them move to the next level!



Team Doctors

Stampede Medical Director
Dr. "Skip" Ross

Honors:

  • East High Hall Of Fame, Cheyenne Wyoming
  • University of Wyoming Football Coverage
  • Hastings College Football 4 Year Letterman
  • Nebraska State Body Building Champion Open Class 1984
  • Football East High, 3 year Letterman
  • Ski Patrol Park City Utah
  • Scholar Athlete Class 1980 Hastings College Neb.
  • S.P.M. Bible Football Counselor 1980-81

Interests:

  • Family
  • Maintaining Christian Faith
  • Skiing
  • Mountain Biking
  • Road Biking
  • Working out
  • Riding Motorcycles

Family:

  • Married to Sasha with two beautiful children
    Kylie and Macy
  • Brother is Sen. Tony Ross
  • Sister is Katy Kovac
 

Education:

  • East High, Cheyenne Wyoming 72-76
  • Hastings College Biology Major 76-80
  • University of Wyoming Exercise Physiology 80-81
  • Creighton Medical School 81-85
  • UW Family Practice Residency 85-88

Achievements:

  • Founder of SMART Sports Medicine Center 1992
  • ER Doctor DePaul Medical Center 1988-94
  • Member of Physical Therapy Board for the State of Wyoming
  • Medical Advisor for Wyoming Board of Mixed Martial Arts.
 
 

Board Certified

  • Family Practice
  • Sports Medicine

Team Physician USA Wrestling 1992

  • Cali, Columbia

Team Physician Bull Riders Only 1991-98

  • United States
  • Brazil

Brazil, USA International Bull Riding Physician 1997

  • Brazil

Billabong/ASP Surf Tour Physician

  • Spain
  • France
  • Japan
  • Australia

Professional Bull Riders Physician Wyoming, Utah, Colorado

  • 1998- Present

Cheyenne Frontier Days Arena Physician

  • 1986- Present
 

Orthopedic Center of the Rockies

  • 2008-Present

Cheyenne Stampede Team Physician

  • 2011- Present

Laramie County Community College Sports Physician

  • 2009-Present

Colorado Eagles Associate Team Physician

  • 2008-Present

Colorado Ice Arena Football Associate Physician

  • 2011-Present

East High Football Physician Coverage

  • 1989-Present

South High Athletics Physician

  • 2010-Present

Mixed Martial Arts Physician

  • 2010-Present
 

Michael Nelson, D.O.
Michael Nelson, D.O. graduated Cum Laude from Oral Roberts University with a bachelor of Science in Biomedical Chemistry. He obtained his medical degree at the Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Tulsa, Oklahoma; and completed his residency in OB/GYN at the University of Coloarado Health Sciences Center in Denver, Colorado.

Board certified since 2006, Dr. Nelson is a Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists. He is also an active member of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons. He serves on the clinical faculty of both the University of Wyoming and the University of Washington.

Locally, Dr. Nelson serves as the medical director of LifeChoice Pregnancy Care Center, Vice President of his church board of trustees, and Vice Chair of the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center department of OB/GYN. He is also a partner and Vice President of Cheyenne OB/GYN.

Dr. Nelson is a father of three, and a hockey dad of one (so far.) He has been involved with youth hockey since 2006, and has been team physician of the Cheyenne Stampede Jr. A Hockey team since 2011. Prior to medical school, Dr. Nelson worked as an EMT in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and has volunteered as a lecturer for medic classes in Southeast Wyoming.


Kirk Shamley, MD
Kirk Shamley, MD graduated from the University of Notre Dame and Creighton University Medical School and then completed his residency at the Ohio State University. He is board-certified and is licensed to practice in Wyoming & Colorado.

Dr. Mark Wells
Dr. Wells spent his early childhood in Florida before moving to Cheyenne at the age of 6. He is a graduate of Central High School and attended the University of Wyoming. His professional training occurred at the Southern California College of Optometry, where he graduated with Distinction. He completed a residency in Primary Care/Ocular Disease at the Los Angeles Veterans Administration Hospital before joining the clinic in 1991. He is a member of the American Optometric Association and served as President of the Board of Directors of the Wyoming Optometric Association. He also serves on the board of Needs Inc. of Cheyenne. Dr. Wells is licensed in Wyoming, and Colorado. Dr. Wells, O.D. has full accreditation and is DEA certified to prescribe oral and topical medications to treat eye diseases and infections. When not working, he enjoys bowhunting, waterfowl hunting and spending time with his wife, Gina and their granddaughter.

Dr. Josh LaHiff
Dr. Josh LaHiff is a partner at the Cheyenne Vision Clinic. Dr. LaHiff recently graduated from Pacific University College of Optometry. Dr. LaHiff, O.D. is a Wyoming licensed optometrist with full accreditation and is DEA certified to prescribe oral and topical medications to treat eye diseases and infections. Dr Josh was born and raised in Cheyenne. He attended Central High School and the University of Wyoming. His areas of concentration are contact lenses, medical eyecare and vision therapy. Josh's wife Corrina is a teacher at Sunrise Elementary School. They have one daughter. He enjoys sports and traveling.

Dr. Martin "Marty" Carroll, FAAO, FABCO
Dr. Carroll is a Wyoming native and graduate of Cheyenne East High School. He obtained his Associates Degree from Laramie County Community College, a BS with Honors from the University of Wyoming, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Southern California College of Optometry. Dr. Carroll has practiced here since 1981. He is a member of the Wyoming Optometric Association, the American Optometric Association, the American Academy of Optometry, and the American College of Optometric Physicians. He has hospital privileges at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center. Dr. Carroll is licensed in Wyoming, Colorado, and California. Dr. Carroll, O.D. has full accreditation and is DEA certified to prescribe oral and topical medications to treat eye diseases and infections. He serves on the Board of Optometric Examiners for the State of Wyoming. Dr. Carroll is a clinical skills examiner for the National Board of Examiners in Optometry. In September 2010 he became a Fellow and was Board Certified by the American Board of Optometry. He was the first Optometrist in the State of Wyoming to become Board Certified. Dr. Carroll is a COPE reviewer for the Association of Regulator Boards of Optometry. He is a consultant in training for the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE). ACOE accrediates Schools and Colleges of Optometry, Optometric Technican Programs and Optometric Residency Programs. In January of 2010 Dr. Carroll was named the Optometrist of the Year by the Wyoming Optometric Association. Marty was raised in Cheyenne and was past president of the Frontier Lions Club, the Cheyenne Jaycees, and the Wyoming Optometric Association. He was named to the Cheyenne East High School Hall of Fame and also was featured in the Laramie County Community College Talon Magazine. Dr. Carroll loves sports and family. He is married to Claudia and has two daughters Jennifer and Lauren. Dr. Carroll's passion is to treat and educate patients with eye, vision and body conditions!


Team Dentist

To Be Announced

 


Team Massage Therapist
Conner Hoflund

My name is Conner Hoflund. I was born and raised in Cheyenne Wyoming. I have been practicing massage for a year and a half and will graduate May of 2013 with my Associates degree in Therapeutic Massage. I look forward to learning more about hockey. As well as working one on one with the Team to ensure they are provided with exceptional body work that will keep the body healthy to allow for a long career.


Team Sport Psychologist and Consultant
Mike Margolies, Sport Psychology Consultant, Author, Speaker, Radio Talk Show Host and Coach

Humboldt State University: B.A. Physical Education
University of Denver:  M.A. Sport Science
University of Virginia: Ed.D Program (ABD) Sport Psychology
University Faculty: University of Denver, Metropolitan State College- Denver, University of Virginia, University of Wyoming

Over a dozen research papers published on sport psychology, imagery, pedagogical studies and working with gifted children. Mike has delivered over three hundred presentations and worked with over two thousand athletes.

Athletes from all over the country have been seeking out Mike Margolies for three decades to help them live up to their potential. He has worked with athletes from professional football, elite level figure skating/ hockey and every sport in between. They have sought his counsel and unique teaching style to learn about the game within the game, or what sport psychology and mental training can do to help them become the athlete they want to be. Learn the mental skills used to accelerate performance, handle competitive stress, effectively concentrate and surpass your goals. This is mental skills acquisition at its best, using the most effective techniques including hypnosis, guided imagery, cognitive behavioral techniques and much more. Come learn about the game within the game now.

Mike works hand in hand with the Cheyenne Stampede WSHL Hockey Team and staff on things like mental toughness, relaxation and guided imagery and other mental skills types of training sessions.

Mike’s work with teams over the years has enabled him to bring his experiences to the corporate world. He has helped nationally recognized companies build great sales and project teams with the help of the same types of strategies he has used working with sports teams.

Author of a new book: “The Athlete within You- a mental approach to sports and business”. It is available from Amazon.com, Barns & Noble and books stores near you.


Team Optometrist
Jessica Albers, O.D.

Jessica Albers, O.D. was born and raised in Iowa and recently moved to Cheyenne. She completed her undergraduate studies at Central College in Pella, Iowa where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. She graduated Cum Laude from the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago, Illinois where she was inducted into the Beta Sigma Kappa honor society and the Tomb and Key Honor Society. She completed an externship during her 4th professional year of optometry school at the Cheyenne Vision Clinic and is very excited to have joined the practice. Dr. Albers also completed externships at the VA Hospital in Newington, Connecticut, the Spectrios Institute for Low Vision in Illinois, and the Vision Enhancement Clinic in Springfield, Missouri. Dr. Albers is fully licensed to practice optometry in the states of Wyoming and Colorado. Dr. Albers is DEA certified to prescribe oral and topical medications to treat eye diseases and infections. Her interests include medical eye care, contact lenses, and emergency eye care. Dr. Albers is married to Cory Albers, a loan officer at Wyoming Bank and Trust. The two of them are pleased to be living in Wyoming. Outside of the office, Dr. Albers enjoys water skiing, hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park, and spending time with family and friends.


Voice of the Stampede – Arena Announcer

Chris Rosentreter

My name is Chris Rosentreter. I was born in Rawlins Wyoming, but after a year my family moved to Missouri. It was there that I got my love for hockey and being on the ice. I remember every winter we would go to our friends place and skate on his pond. I later moved back to Wyoming first Rawlins and then Cheyenne.

I have been involved in a number of sports to include swimming were I was a third place state finisher, wrestling, and football. I also was a NHSRA member and rode bareback horses and bulls during high school. More recently I have joined the Cheyenne Capidolls roller derby team as a referee. Also I have a love and passion for race cars and I have been a driver for five years here in Cheyenne at Big Country Speedway. You are probably wondering about my hockey experience other than skating on a pond in an old pair of skates, I have been playing B league hockey here in Cheyenne for three years now as a forward and a part time goalie.

I am currently an active duty Army National Guardsman and enjoy that as my full time job. I am a huge believer in volunteers and getting involved. I spend my free time as a volunteer firefighter at Laramie County Fire District 2. I am also a member of the Cheyenne Gunslingers Association and promote firearm safety for kids and adults alike. I enjoy being a part of the Centennial Antique Tractor and Engine Club as well and I love my Farmall tractor. I am also a member of the Cheyenne Knights of Pythias and do a number of things to help the community.

Now what can I offer as The Voice of The Stampede, well with my experience as the track announcer at Big Country Speedway I will help bring the fans into the action and with a little bit of comedy keep the fans entertained. I am extremely excited to be a part of this organization and look forward to the times to come. CAN YOU HEAR THE RUMBLE!!


Broadcast Intern

Rae 'Lee Klein
Rae 'Lee is a senior at Cheyenne Central High School where she is a lead anchor on the nationally recognized high school news station, Central Intelligence. In 2016, she was crowned Miss Wyoming's Outstanding Teen where she spent her reign making over 180 appearance hours and speaking at various events. Looking to the future she plans to study Broadcast Communications with a minor in political science.

Rae 'Lee comes from a die-hard hockey family (go Pens!) and has a brother who plays in the local capitals bantam league. She has been involved with the Stampede organization for five years, and this is her second season broadcasting for the team. She loves the opportunity to share both her passion for broadcasting and hockey in one of her favorite places.

Social Media:
Facebook: Rae 'Lee Klein
Instagram: raez_of_sunshine
Twitter: @RaeLeeKlein

 

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