Craig Patrick – Co-owner & President
Craig Patrick, co-owner of the Bruins, has his hockey roots as a player, coach, and hockey parent. He became involved with the Bruins because of his passion for community service, youth development, and the game of hockey. Craig and his wife Michele live in Hudson, WI, and are proud to represent the Austin Bruins and all that they stand for in the community and to the development of junior hockey in Minnesota.
Mike Cooper – Co-owner & Vice President
Mike is entering his seventh season as co-owner of the Bruins. He is very active in the community, oversees day-to-day operations, and has been residing in Austin for almost 20 years. In addition to the Bruins, Mike owns a number of Qdoba restaurants in the Southeastern Minnesota area including the one in Austin, and was formerly the owner of several Papa Murphy’s franchises throughout Minnesota and
Iowa. Mike, his wife Amy, and son Troy are happy to call Austin home and look forward to another great year.
TJ Chillot – Director of Broadcasting & Sales Operations
TJ begins his third year with the Austin Bruins in 2020-21. In addition to his role with the Bruins, TJ will also serve as the Media Relations Manager and Social Media Manager for the Rochester Grizzlies of the NA3HL. Before getting to southern MN, TJ worked a season at the professional level with the Mississippi RiverKings of the Southern Professional Hockey League in 2017-18. In his lone year with the RiverKings, TJ was awarded the SPHL Broadcaster of the Year award in his rookie outing. After the RiverKings ceased operations, TJ found his home with the Bruins and has broadcast 120+ games for the black-and-gold. TJ’s early career consisted of an internship with the Philadelphia Flyers top affiliate – the Lehigh Valley Phantoms of the American Hockey League and also worked at his local ESPN Radio Affiliate in Eastern Pennsylvania. While with ESPN he hosted and co-hosted local sports talk radio shows and assisted on broadcasts for Division I athletics and AAA baseball. In 2020, TJ was selected by his peers to represent the NAHL as one of two broadcasters commentating on the NAHL Top Prospects Tournament. Originally from Allentown, PA, TJ now resides in Austin.
GAME NIGHT STAFF
Director of Game Night Operations – Jarred Becker
Public Address Announcer – Nate Andersen
Laser Show – Dave Klingfus
Mascot – Bruiser the Bear
Official Scorekeeper – Ian Klingfus
Team Photographer– Jess Tuttle
Team Videographer– Steph Tuttle
Head of Off-Ice Officials– Steve Turner
Game Night Assistants– Ryan Langen, Bianca Angell, & Alexis Stitch
Ticket Operations– Rita Devereaux
Clock Operators– Scott Shaffer & Del Bakke