Head Coach: Dave Boitz
Dave Boitz has been an integral part of the Wilderness Hockey Organization for the last five seasons, serving at the Wilderness General Manager. During this time, The Wilderness claimed the Robertson Cup in 2015 and Dave Boitz was recognized as the 2017 GM Of The Year.
Prior to working with The Wilderness, Boitz was the Head Coach and General Manager of the Alaska Avalanche, from 2008 – 2011. During his time with the Avalanche, the team rose from the bottom of the league into a team that was able to contend for a playoff spot each year, winning over 30 games in their last two seasons.
Previous to the Alaska Avalanche, Boitz was part of the inaugural season for the North Iowa Outlaws, where he was Head Coach and GM for three seasons. During Boitz’s time in Iowa, the Outlaws elevated to one of the top teams in the NAHL, winning the Central Division Title in 2008. During the same year, the North Iowa Outlaws were also recognized as Organization of the Year in the NAHL.
Boitz’s first season coaching in the NAHL came during the inaugural season of the then Alexandria (Brookings) blizzard in 2003. After getting a late start in their first season, they came back as a serious contender in their second season, competing in the Robertson Cup playoffs.
Before coaching in the NAHL, Boitz spent over 8 years coaching in the Alexandria hockey association, both as a bantam and high school boys hockey coach. Boitz’s teams in Alexandria would consistently compete in State championships and brought home several Conference Championship titles.
Assistant Coach: Garrett Hendrickson
Hendrickson joins the Wilderness the in the summer of 2018. He has recently been an assistant coach with the Minnesota Iron Rangers in the SIJHL. He Played his college hockey before graduating from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., in May 2017
He had 71 points in 100 career games with the Cobbers and served as team captain for the 2016-17 season.
His junior hockey career includes time playing with the Penticton Vees and the Salmon Arm Silverbacks in the BCHL as well as the Coulee Region Chill of the NAHL.
Before playing Juniors, Hendrickson played high school hockey in Virginia, Minn., for the Blue Devils. He was a Mr. Hockey finalist his senior season and is the hockey program’s All-Time Leading Scorer. Hendrickson also played three fall seasons in the Minnesota High School Elite League and represented his hometown at two national USA hockey festivals.
Hendrickson is currently the 16th all-time leading point scorer in Minnesota High School Hockey history and was a member of two state high school hockey teams.
Assistant Coach: Mark Vichorek
Mark Vichorek comes to the Wilderness after coaching the last 7 years at the Tier III level, the last 5 being in Bozeman, Montana for the IceDogs in the NA3HL.
The Philadelphia Flyers drafted Vichorek in 1982 out of the USHL’s Sioux City Musketeers. Before turning pro, Vichorek attended Lake Superior State University for 4 years and earned his degree in Psychology. Vichorek still holds the record for All-Time Consecutive Games Played in LSSU history.
Viorel signed with the Hartford Whalers (now Carolina Hurricanes) after college, as his agent could not reach an agreement with the Flyers. Vichorek played over 500 professional games and 22 exhibition games in the NHL. He played 7 years of Professional hockey before retiring in 1993.
“I am extremely excited to be coming home and joining the Wilderness organization. I have spent the last 7 years being away from coaching and I am grateful to Coach/GM Boitz to hire me to be a part of the team. This is going to be a very exciting team and season for the Wilderness and I am happy to be a part of it. I think we have a great staff on and off the ice and this should be a great year for the organization.”
Mark married his college sweetheart Bette and they have two children, Taylor and Montana.
Media Broadcaster: Marty Hill
Marty has been a fixture with the Wilderness since its debut season in Cloquet in 2012-13.
As the online play-by-play voice on hockeytv.com, he has seen the team celebrate championships in two different leagues, interviewed numerous players and coaches on the YouTube and CAT-7 program Into the Wilderness, and called hundreds of goals both home and away. Marty’s broadcasting work also includes radio play-by-play for local area high school football, baseball, softball and hockey.
A native of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., Marty has lived in Cloquet since 2003 and has a 16-year old son. He encourages interaction during his broadcasts, so if you would like to contact Marty, he is available at firstname.lastname@example.org or through Twitter @MartyHill_MN.
You can watch all Wilderness games on hockeytv.com, with home games also appearing locally, on tape-delay, on the Mediacom cable access channel CAT-7.
Head Scout: Sean Fish (Minnesota)
Tommy Lundgren (Northern Minnesota)
Rick Wesp (Minnesota)
Kevin Smalley (Minnesota)
Nick Sesock (Michigan)