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 has owned and operated the Austin Papa Murphy’s since 1998. Mike, his wife Amy, and son Troy are happy to call Austin home and look forward to another great year.
Brian Schulz – President of Operations
Brian begins his second year as Director of Operations for both the Austin Bruins and Rochester Grizzlies after serving as the Bruins Game Day Announcer for the past six years. Previous to working in the Bruins and Grizzlies front office, Brian spent seven years in the automotive business serving as a Human Resources professional.
Besides the Bruins, his connections to the Austin hockey community come as both a previous member of the Austin Youth Hockey Board and as a hockey parent. Additionally, Schulz was involved with the St Paul Pioneers football team for 10 years, one of the most successful semi-pro teams in the country. Schulz won the 2003 American Football Association General Manager of The Year and assisted in marketing, game day operations, player recruitment and announcing for the team.
TJ Chillot – Director of Broadcasting & Sales Operations
TJ begins his second year with the Austin Bruins after working 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. Prior to working with the RiverKings, TJ interned for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms of the American Hockey League and also worked at his local ESPN Radio Affiliate in the Lehigh Valley area of Eastern Pennsylvania. While with ESPN he hosted and co-hosted local sports talk radio shows while also assisting 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
Public Address Announcer – Brian Schulz
Laser Show – Dave Klingfus
Mascot – Bruiser the Bear
Official Scorekeeper – Ian Klingfus