3View: Milwaukee Power
August 30, 2018
The 3View series will feature an in-depth look into all NA3HL teams in preparation for the 2018-19 season, with two teams being highlighted daily, leading all the way up until the start of the regular season. 3View goes in-depth into each NA3HL team and will include interviews with all the head coaches in the NA3HL, as they provide fans with their expectations and outlook for the 2018-19 season, including taking a look at their potential roster and their strengths as a team for the upcoming season. It will also take a look back on the 2017-18 season and how each team fared and what they accomplished. Best of all, 3View will provide the fans of the NA3HL with an inside look at their favorite team and what to expect.
2017-18 Record: Did not play
2018 Playoffs: N/A
Head Coach: Fred Berry
2018-19 Division: Central
Officially becoming a team back in April, the Milwaukee Power are just weeks away from embarking on their first season as a North American 3 Hockey League team.
They will compete in the NA3HL’s redesigned Central Division and will be matched up against the Coulee Region Chill, Evansville Jr. Thunderbolts, Peoria Mustangs, St. Louis Jr. Blues, Wausau RiverWolves and the Wisconsin Whalers.
Leading the Power behind the bench will be Fred Berry, who will also serve as the team’s General Manager. Berry is from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and has been around the game his entire life. In his own junior career, he logged 358 points in just 202 games. He was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in the 3rd round of the 1976 National Hockey League Draft.
"I think the Power will be a great opportunity for players in junior hockey. We want to develop them and get them going in the right direction. We want our players to respect the game and really work hard to become better hockey players and better people," said Berry. "Milwaukee is a great hockey town and the time is right for a junior team. We want the community to be proud of us and we plan to be out in the area all the time."
Detroit may be where he was drafted, but Berry made his mark in Milwaukee as he spent seven seasons with the Milwaukee Admirals of the International Hockey League. Berry had his number 14 retired by the club as he hold the Admirals franchise record for assists with 379. He also ranked second in points (604) and games played (465). For his entire career, Berry played in 706 games and was able to amass 823 points.
Since his playing days ended, Berry has been all around the hockey scene in Milwaukee as he has been associated with the Milwaukee Jr. Admirals hockey program, the Waukesha High School Hockey club and the Waukesha Youth Hockey Association. In his 13 seasons as a head coach in the youth organization, Berry won 8 Wisconsin Youth Hockey State Championships.
The team held a tryout camp in mid-August and have signed a number of players from it. Defenseman Ryan Payne comes from the Chicago Fury AAA U18 program and had 14 points in 35 games last season. He’ll join Jake Berry, John Kosa, Alexander Kelsall, Nick Roberts, and Garrett Formhals, among others.
In between the pipes, the Power will look to Aaron Dickstein to be apart of their goaltending core. The Dayton, Ohio native played for the Milwaukee Jr. Admirals the past two seasons and made 30 starts. He had a goals against average of 2.31 and a save percentage .907. Joining him will be Matt Bilsborough from Cedarburg, Wisconsin. In 11 games last year, he held a record of 9-2 with a 2.26 goals against average to go with four shutouts.
The Power will start their inaugural season on September 7th as they’ll welcome the Peoria Mustangs to the Wilson Ice Arena. The Power will enjoy a seven game home stand to begin their 2018-19 season and they’ll look to provide Milwaukee hockey fans with a hard-working, entertaining brand and style of hockey.
Next up in the 3View series: Missoula Jr. Bruins