Hockey Operations


Head Coach & GM  – Casey Mignone

Mignone enters his first season as Head Coach & GM for the Chippewa Steel during the 21-22 season. He previously coached with the St. Cloud Norsemen the last two years after serving as the Head Coach of the Rochester Grizzlies (NA3HL) during the 2018-2019 season. Born in Ramsey, NJ, the east coast native spent his playing days climbing the ranks of both college and pro hockey. Graduating from Westfield State College in 2010, Mignone then continued his playing career in the FHL and the SPHL before making the switch to coaching. Since 2015, Mignone has been climbing the ranks of coaching through both college and junior hockey and looks to continue this growth for years to come.


Assistant Coach  – Logan Murphy

Logan enters his second season as an Assistant Coach for the Chippewa Steel. He played four years at Chippewa Falls High School earning 1st team All-Conference, 1st team All-Northwest, and All-State honors while also earning a spot on the school’s all-time scoring list. Logan also participated in the Team Wisconsin program and USA hockey camps during his high school years.

Post high school, Logan played three years of junior hockey with the North Iowa Bulls of the NA3HL, where he was a captain in 2014-2015. During his career there, the Bulls won two USA Hockey National Championships and one runner-up finish with the team winning over 150 games in his three years.

After a career-ending shoulder injury, Logan earned a degree in Business Management from the University of Wisconsin Eau-Claire. While going to school he also coached high school hockey at Chippewa Falls and Eau Claire North high schools for the last four years.


Director of Player Personnel  – Brandon Ferns

Brandon enters the 21-22 season as his first with the Chippewa Steel. He was previously working as the Minnesota scout for the St. Cloud Norsemen under Coach Mignone. Besides scouting for the Steel, Brandon is also the Minnesota scout for the Omaha Lancers in the USHL, and is an assistant coach for Shakopee High School located in the Twin Cities.


Brandon is excited to continue to work with Mignone and says “Casey’s relentless work ethic to recruit, develop, and move players on is why it was a no-brainer for me to work under his leadership.” If you see Brandon around the rink please come up and introduce yourself, as he loves talking hockey.


Director of Scouting – Steve Williams

Steve enters his first season as the Director of Scouting and second with the Steel. In addition to his work with the Steel, Steve serves an Assistant Coach with the New Jersey Rockets U18 Program. Prior to joining the Steel staff, he worked as a Scout with the St. Cloud Norsemen in the NAHL (2020-2021).

Steve hails from Sparta, NJ and grew up playing youth and collegiate hockey on the east coast. He played his Jr. Hockey with the Cobourg Cougars in the OJHL before moving to the collegiate ranks at SUNY-Morrisville. Steve currently resides in West Chester, PA with his wife Chrissy and two sons, Carter and Mason.



Jay Ekman – Minnesota –
Parsa Monsef – Midwest –
Steve Kauffman – Northeast –
Steve Dougherty – Northeast –
Ray Hyde – Michigan –
Matthew Johnson – Pacific  –

Athletic Trainer:

Phil Dolan