Garrett Gruenke

Program Development | Lead Instructor

Garrett aka Gman hails from Plymouth, MN. He started playing hockey at age 7 for the Armstrong Youth Hockey Association. In High School, Garrett was a three-sport athlete playing baseball, football, and hockey at Benilde–St Margaret’s. Garrett experienced great success while at BSM where he won two state hockey championships in 1999 and 2001. It was also where he met his longtime mentor/coach Jack Blatherwick, an expert hockey training physiologist. Jack made a significant impact on Gman in a number of ways including how to train sport (Hockey) specific and how to train smart not just hard.

After High School Garrett moved on to play two years in the NAHL for the Bozeman Icedogs. From there he moved on to college and played four years at the University of St Thomas, where he was a part of a National Runner-up team and was a captain his senior year. Garrett then turned pro in 2008 and played 6 years of Professional hockey for the Odessa Jackalopes, Rapid City Rush, and the Wichita Thunder. After the 2014 season, Gman hung up his skates and he now coaches full-time.

Garrett began his career at FHIT working for the MAP program since 2005. Garrett is in his 5thyear as an Assistant coach for his Alma mater University of St. Thomas. He primarily works with the team’s defensemen and does video analysis.

One of the coolest things for him is seeing all the kids that have gone through the program over the years that have progressed from Pee Wees/Bantams to now Junior, College, and Professional players.

February 25, 2019
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