Scouting Staff

Assistant General Manager - Chris Lonke

Chris Lonke has been a member of the Minotauros scouting staff since 2012 and became Assistant General Manager this summer.

has been coaching Minnesota high school hockey since 1997 and has also served as the assistant coach at Hamline University.  Currently Lonke is the head coach at New Prague High School.  Lonke has led three different teams to the Minnesota Class A State Tourney- The 2003 Simley Spartans and back to back in 2014 (Finished 3rd) and 2015 (Won the Consolation Championship) with the New Prague Trojans.  Lonke was an assistant coach at Hamline University for the 2007-08 season when the Pipers won the MIAC Championship.  Lonke has been been named Section Head Coach of the year 4 different times: 2003, 2011, 2014 and 2015 and was named the Minnesota High School State Class A Head Coach of the year in 2003.

Lonke graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Wisconsin-Superior with a Bachelor's degree in Physical Education in 1997. He received his master's in activities and athletic administration from the University of St. Thomas in 2007.  Lonke has two children with his wife Tonya, Taylor and Jack.

Director of Player Personnel - Brad Clayton

Brad joins the Minot Minotauros as the Director of Player Personnel.  Brad spent the last 9 seasons with the Dubuque Fighting Saints in the USHL as Head Scout and Director of Bantam Prospects. He also served as Director of Player Personnel/Assistant Coach for the Austin Bruins in the NAHL for the last 3 seasons.  Brad is currently Director of Scouting for the Granite City Lumberjacks in the NA3HL.  Brad served as Director of Scouting for the Janesville Jets in the NAHL from 2012-2015.  He was Director of Scouting and Guidance for FHIT Hockey based out of Blaine, MN from 2015-2017.

Brad coached team Rangers to a Championship in the inaugural Bantam Elite League season, he currently coaches District 12 in the Minnesota 15’s High Performance program and also coaches the Minnesota Blue Ox U16 team in the Minnesota Tier 1 League.

Brad, his wife Amber and their son Dylan reside in Northern Minnesota.

Regional Scout - Todd Collins

Todd is a Minnesota native who is now an elite hockey coach in the state of Arizona. Todd has now instructed and coached for over 25 years, with his expertise being in Power Skating and Stick handling. Todd has also coached 30 plus players that have now moved on to Division 1, Major Junior or the NHL. Since coaching in Arizona he has coached at all levels varying from Mite Novice AAA to Midget AAA and Tier 2 Juniors in the WSHL. In addition, Todd carries his Level 4 Advanced Coaching Certification and from 1999-2006 Todd was a USA Hockey Arizona State Camp Evaluator. Todd has always had an extreme passion and knowledge for the game of hockey. Playing since he was a child, he then introduced the game to both of his sons. Currently, Todd is the Executive Director/GM of Team Northwest AAA hockey in addition to being a scout for the Prince George Cougars in the (WHL). Todd is currently coaching for the DYHA Midget AAA  hockey team in Tempe, Arizona.

Regional Scout - Mike Perkins

Mike has coached in the NAHL, AWHL and the MnJHL, AAA in the NAPHL and high school hockey in Wisconsin and California. He has also scouted for teams in the WHL, USHL and NAHL. Currently Mike coaches for the Anaheim Jr. Ducks and was named OC Varsity High School Hockey Coach of the Year in 2016. He has coached two of his teams to USA Hockey National Championship births and coached his teams to two ADHSHL league titles and one CAHA State Championship in 2014. Mike played college hockey at St. Scholastica from 1990-1994 where he was a captain and a Blue Gold Coaches Award winner. Mike and his family live in Orange County, California.
 

Regional Scout - Pete Kamman

Pete Kamman joins the Minotauros with 17+ years of coaching experience at the youth, junior, and collegiate levels. He is currently the USA Hockey Coach-in-Chief for the state of Montana and is involved as staff/evaluator in multiple annual USA Hockey Player Development camps at the state, district, regional, and nation levels.  Additionally, he is a regional scout for USHL Central Scouting.

Kamman currently coaches the Montana State University Bobcats and runs Elevated Hockey, a series of regional & international training clinics.  He graduated from Miami University in Oxford, OH in 2004 and earned his MBA from the University of Montana in 2013. He currently resides in Bozeman, MT with his wife and two young sons.

Regional Scout - Darren Banks

Darren is a native of Athens, TX. He grew up playing youth hockey out of the Dallas area. At 16 he moved to Canada to play prep hockey. Most of his time in Junior hockey was spent with the Gillette Wild (AWHL). He also spent time with the Minotauros in his final junior season. After juniors he committed and played at Finlandia University (NCAA D3).