Head Coach Chiodo Adding to Grand Rapids' Winning Tradition

Alicia Tipcke
Updated: December 10, 2019 11:01 PM

Along with most of his players, hockey has been a part of Wade Chiodo's life for a long time. The new head coach of the Grand Rapids boys team accepted the position, in order to give back to the game that gave so much to him.


"They have a lot of passion and they obviously have their winning tradition. I'm just going to keep building on those blocks and keep forging forward and keep these kids getting better," said Chiodo.

Chiodo, a Thief River Falls native, played college hockey for Bemidji State University before going on to coach for the team. He coached for the Beavers for nine seasons before stepping down in 2017. He then moved to Grand Rapids and volunteered with the team before becoming head coach in November.

Coach Chiodo is the third bench boss to lead the Thunderhawks in four seasons. For seniors like Wyatt Miskovich and Carter Clafton it means making some changes to their routines. 

"It's a little different but actually pretty exciting, you know you get a fresh coach in there [and] see some changes," said senior Thunderhawk goalie Carter Clafton. 

Chiodo has already made some changes, "he's kind of old school, pretty hardcore. He's a lot more intense but everyone likes him," commented senior forward Wyatt Miskovich. Last season the Thunderhawks started 0-3, this season they started 3-0. Including two wins over top ten teams. 

"He was really excited for us. We came out and we played very well so it felt good to bump them off," said Jack Peart, a junior defenseman with Grand Rapids, about Coach Chiodo's comments after their wins. 

Looking to the rest of the season, the 3-2 Thunderhawks next face 2-3 Edina Thursday, Dec. 19 on the road.

"We're going to worry about Grand Rapids at the end of the day. At the second half of the year [we'll] get more dialed in to what teams are doing but right now we're worried about our game," said Coach Chiodo. 

Grand Rapids is also set to face Eden Prairie, Elk River/Zimmerman and Forest Lake before the end of the month.


Alicia Tipcke

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