Director of Hockey Operations
Rhett Gordon was born and raised in Unity, Saskatchewan. He played his youth hockey in Unity before moving to Regina, SK to play in the Western Hockey League (WHL). Rhett spent three seasons in the WHL before signing a professional contract with the NHL’s Winnipeg Jets. He played professionally for 15 seasons, including stops in the AHL, IHL, and as a member of Team Canada. He also played in various professional leagues across Europe, including Denmark, Italy, Germany, and Great Britain. Rhett finished his playing career as a member of the Colorado Eagles. Some of Rhett’s playing accomplishments:
Rhett was hired by NCYH in 2013 as a full time Hockey Director. He has worked with every age level, from Under 8s through high school. Rhett was named NCYH Director of Hockey Operations in 2016. His teams have won numerous CCYHL playoff, regular season, and tournament championships. Rhett was named the Pinnacle High School Coach of the Year in 2017.
Scott was born and raised in Cottage Grove, Minnesota. He played his youth and high school hockey in his hometown before moving to Omaha, NE to play two seasons in the United States Hockey League (USHL). After being drafted by the Washington Capitals in 1995, Scott accepted a scholarship to Colorado College and enjoyed four successful seasons with the Tigers, playing in four national tournaments and two Frozen Fours. Scott played professionally for five seasons, with stops in Houston (IHL), South Carolina (ECHL), Springfield (AHL), Boise (WCHL), and with the Colorado Eagles. Some of Scott’s playing accomplishments:
Scott volunteered to coach with NCYH for five seasons before being hired as a full time Hockey Director in 2012. He has coached 3-4 competitive teams per season during his tenure as a Hockey Director. His teams have won a total of five CCYHL playoff championships and numerous regular season and tournament championships.
Riley Nelson was born and raised in Cranbrook, British Columbia. He played his youth hockey with the Cranbrook Minor Hockey Association. After playing one season in the KIJHL with the Columbia Valley Rockies, Riley moved back home to play Jr. A for the RMJHL’s Cranbrook Colts. He accepted a scholarship to play in the WCHA for the Michigan Tech Huskies where he starred for four seasons. After completing his college eligibility, Riley signed with the Columbus Cottonmouths, beginning a 14-year professional career which also included stops in Knoxville (UHL), Missouri (UHL), Rochester (AHL), San Antonio (AHL), and 11 seasons with the Colorado Eagles. Some of Riley’s playing accomplishments:
Riley joined NCYH as a Hockey Director in the fall of 2017 overseeing the Under 8 program, Under 8 Travel program, and Rec Teams.
Kevin Ulanski was born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin. He played his youth hockey for the Westmoreland Saints Hockey Association and high school hockey at Madison West. After his senior year, Kevin played for the Billings Bulls of the America West Hockey League. He signed with DU and played four seasons with the Pioneers, captaining his team to two NCAA Division 1 National Championships. After college, Kevin played professionally for nine seasons, including stops with the Long Beach Ice Dogs (ECHL), Rockford Ice Hogs (UHL), Elmira Jackals (ECHL), Milwaukee Admirals (AHL), and Colorado Eagles (ECHL). Some of Kevin’s playing accomplishments:
In the fall of 2017 Kevin joined NCYH as a Hockey Director. He coaches Squirt and Bantam Travel teams.