Michigan Tech Press Release
Michigan Tech hockey recruit C.J. Eick (pronounced IKE) hoisted the Clark Cup as an assistant captain for the Green Bay Gamblers last Wednesday (May 23).
The Gamblers defeated the Waterloo Black Hawks 5-2 in the fifth and decisive game of the Clark Cup finals to become champions of the 2011-12 United States Hockey League season.
Eick totaled eight goals and 12 assists in 58 games during the regular season for the Gamblers and posted a plus-minus rating of +16. In 12 playoff games, the 5-7 forward notched one goal and three assists.
The team set several records during the season including the league marks for points (98) and road wins (25) and the franchise record for victories (47).
A native of nearby Appleton, Wis., Eick was thrilled to be able to win a title with his hometown team.
“I grew up watching Gamblers games, and it was a special to be one of the assistant captains for Green Bay this year. It was an unbelievable season.
“I’m looking forward to taking what I learned in juniors and building on that in college. I’ve been to several Tech games, and I love the atmosphere and feel. The coaching staff has been great so far.”
Eick was not the only member of the Gamblers with Michigan Tech ties. Pat Mikesch, former player (1992-96) and assistant coach (2005-11), served as assistant coach for the Gamblers in 2011-12.