Hockey Operations

Ryan Cruthers / Director of Hockey Operations

The 2017-18 season is Ryan Cruthers’ first with the Marksmen as the Director of Hockey Operations.

A native of Farmingdale, NY, Cruthers spent two seasons with the Army hockey team, before joining Robert Morris University of the CHA.

Following his senior season with Colonials, Cruthers joined the Utah Grizzlies of the ECHL for the final four games of the regular season.

The 2008-09 season was his first full season in the professional ranks, and competed in 65 games for the Mississippi Sea Wolves of the ECHL. During the campaign, Cruthers also earned call ups with the Lake Erie Monsters and the Albany River Rats, both of the American Hockey League.

The next season saw Cruthers on the opening night roster of the Reading Royals- it is here he found a home and spent the majority of his playing time with five stints with the team over the course of five seasons. Cruthers is the all-time leading point scorer in Royals franchise history.

At the 2011-12 ECHL trade deadline, Cruthers was dealt to the Alaska Aces, where he was line-mates with current head coach, Nick Mazzolini.

Following his playing career, Cruthers became the Head Coach/Owner of the Charlotte Rush of the USPHL. He will continue his duties as head coach/owner of the Rush, while working with the Marksmen to fill out the roster.

For player inquiries, please contact Ryan at:

Nick Mazzolini / Head Coach

Nick Mazzolini takes over the helm of the Marksmen for the 2017/18 season, his first as a head coach.

Mazzolini, 32, played his junior hockey in the NAHL, suiting up for the Toledo IceDiggers, Dayton Gems, and Texas Tornado between 2003-05.

The following season, Mazzolini joined the Providence Friars of the NCAA, where he was teammates with current NHLer Mark Fayne (Edmonton Oilers). In his four years at Providence, Mazzolini netted 25 goals and 42 assists for 67 points in 128 career games.

Following his senior season, the Anchorage, Alaska native joined his hometown team, the Alaska Aces of the ECHL. In his first season as a professional, Mazzolini scored 27 goals with 37 assists for a total of 64 points-all of which led the team for the 2009-10 season.

After spending the 2010-11 season with Bolzano HC of the Italy-A league, Italy’s top hockey league, Nick returned to the Aces in 2011 and was named Captain of the team for the 2013-14 season, the same year the Aces captured the Kelly Cup.

Mazzolini concluded his playing career with the Frankfurt Lions of the Del-2 league, Germany’s second tier of professional hockey, at the end the 2016-17 season.

For player inquiries, please contact Nick at:

Matthaeus Wanninger / Head Equipment Manager

The 2017-18 season is Matthaeus first with the Marksmen as the Head Equipment Manager.

A native of Mehlville, MO, Wanninger spent two seasons with the St. Louis Frontenacs of the Minnesota Junior Hockey League, before joining the Decatur Blaze of the Midwest Junior Hockey League.

During the 2015/16 season, Wanninger joined the Florida Eels of the USP3HL for eight games, before heading to Charlotte to join the Rush for their inaugural season, playing for Director of Hockey Operations, Ryan Cruthers.

Last season, he interned as the Head Equipment Manager for the Rush and spent time learning from Donny White, the Head Equipment Manager of the Charlotte Checkers.

For equipment inquiries, please contact Matthaeus at: