Executive Board Members

RYAN CRUTHERS- GM/HEAD COACH, CHARLOTTE RUSH

Ryan Cruthers brings his wealth of hockey experience and business-side knowledge to The Dan K Show executive board. Cruthers’ career includes a Hobey Baker nomination, and success as a star athlete in the ECHL and AHL. As a coach of both the Carolina Premier Hockey and Charlotte Rush hockey teams, Cruthers has taken a “Culture First” approach that has helped to build success both on and off the ice. In addition to his current coaching roles, Ryan was also a proven winner in the USHL (Chicago Steel), NAHL (Corpus Christi IceRays), and at the NCAA Division I level (Robert Morris), and will play a valuable role in ensuring that the Dan K Show continues its Player First mantra.

RC LYKE - HEAD COACH, RICHMOND GENERALS

Every good team needs its muscle and Coach RC Lyke is just that for The Dan K Show’s Executive Board. RC made a long-lasting professional career mixing toughness, grit and intelligence patrolling the ice as a stellar defenseman. Following his seven-year professional playing career RC Lyke took the helm for the Richmond Generals as Head Coach. Since then, he has coached the Generals all 9 years of their existence, lifting a National Title while building one of the most respected Tier III hockey programs in the country. Lyke brings a winning mindset and his deep understanding of the hockey world to Junior Hockey’s most-watched show. His Generals fan-base has placed in the Top Three of The Dan K Show’s #HolidayFollowChallenge all three years of its existence, winning it twice. The Dan K Show looks forward to working with RC and the rest of its Executive Board members to take the show’s “Player First” mantra to the next level, while creating one-of-a-kind events and experiences for Junior Hockey players across the US.

JIM HENKEL - NCDC/PREMIER HEAD COACH, CONNECTICUT JR. RANGERS

Jim Henkel is a proven winner at every level of the game: on the ice, off the ice, and behind the bench. His work-ethic and drive to succeed help shape his athletes into an NCAA coaches dream. Henkel’s career boasts a championship pedigree that allows him to understand the steps to success better than most. In his playing career, he was a three-time NJ State Champion at Christian Brothers Academy, two-time EJHL Champion with the Springfield Pics, and a Kelly Cup Champion with the ECHL’s Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies. Henkel totaled over 300 points in his professional playing career, spending time in the AHL and ECHL.

Coach Jim Henkel puts his players first each and every day, and his understanding of the importance of new media paired with incredible player development allows his players an opportunity to not only find success in the Junior game, but at the NCAA level as well. The Dan K Show is proud to bring the hardest worker in hockey onto the Executive Board of the future of broadcasting. No official word if the guys will be joining Coach for his 4am workout sessions.

BRAD JONES - DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS, NORFOLK ADMIRALS (ECHL) EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, HAMPTON ROADS WHALERS JUNIOR/YOUTH TRAVEL TEAMS

In keeping with The Dan K Show’s winning theme, Brad Jones joins the Executive Board of the most-watched show in Junior Hockey. As a coach, Jones posted a stellar 231-129-7-10 record, hoisting the USPHL Elite National Title in 2017-2018. Jones holds the incredible distinction as the only person ever to earn both a USPHL Coach of the Year honor and Broadcaster of the Year honor, making him the perfect fit for The Dan K Show’s mission moving forward.

Behind the bench with the Hampton Roads Whalers, Brad Jones always put his players first, ensuring their success not only on the ice, but off as well. In one of the toughest divisions in hockey (USPHL Southeast), Jones annually pieced together a winning program while cultivating some of the best rivalries in the Junior game. Brad’s hiring of broadcaster Weston Dewitt for his Norfolk Admirals and Hampton Roads Whalers shows his keen understanding of the effect a professional level viewing experience can have on player recruitment and visibility. Brad’s operational background, winning mentality, and the care he has for the growth of the game of hockey, make him an easy choice for The Dan K Show’s newly launched Executive Board.

TODD WAGENBACH - HEAD COACH, ROCKETS HOCKEY CLUB ELITE

Coach Wagenbach, known by many as “Wags”, has spent his entire life around the game of hockey, and his credentials speak for themselves. NJ High School and Christian Brothers Academy Hall of Fame, nine years in the AYHL with the New Jersey Titans, and now Head Coach of the Rockets Hockey Club Elite Team. As an alumni of the Rockets, Coach Wagenbach understands the value of the “buy-in” by players to their coach and organization, and works everyday to earn that buy-in from each player. In his most recent season as head coach, his Rockets team made the National Playoff after going 22-8-1 in the regular season winning the USPHL Elite Mid-Atlantic Division Title for the first time in program history. In his spare time, Coach Wags can be found behind the grill or on a golf course, earning him a spot on the Dan K Show’s “Most Coveted Lifestyle” list. Coach Wags is yet another example of someone who understands that Junior Hockey is not just a business, it is a pathway to a successful future for athletes around the globe.

VINCENT PIETRANGELO - MEN’S ICE HOCKEY HEAD COACH, ARCADIA UNIVERSITY

Taking on the challenge of building an NCAA DIII Men’s Ice Hockey Program from scratch is a tall task, but one that Vincent Pietrangelo was ready for. Vincent Pietrangelo was hired in September of 2019 to build a new Men’s Ice Hockey program at Arcadia, kicking off in the ’21-’22 season. Before this, Pietrangelo spent three seasons as the assistant men’s ice hockey coach for the State University of New York at Canton, where he helped lead the team to a 14-9-2 record; the most wins that the program had seen in nearly a decade. Vincent has a top eye for recruitment and spotting potential, which makes him a key figure on the Dan K Show’s Executive Board. As a player, Pietrangelo was drafted second overall in the 2009 CSHL Draft by the Metro Jets, before becoming a lock-down defenseman at Finlandia University, dressing every game his freshman year. Pietrangelo is the first Executive Board member serving full time in the NCAA ranks. As The Dan K Show continues to expand its coverage throughout the world of Junior and Collegiate hockey, minds like Vincent’s will provide a wonderful insight into the level of play all Junior Hockey players strive to reach.

What The Dan K Show loves most about Coach Pietrangelo is his origin story. Like many hockey players, Coach Pietrangelo’s playing career did not close under his terms. Dealing with injury, he found a new route to be involved in and grow the sport of hockey; the bench. Since that pivot, Vincent Pietrangelo has played a significant role in the development of hundreds of collegiate and junior hockey players.

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