Southwest Regional Scout
Erik Gatson will be entering his 3rd full season as a part of the Hockey Operations staff with the Great Falls Americans.
Gatson, born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, started playing roller hockey at the age of 11. After a year of hockey on wheels he was ready for a more physical and fast paced play style, and sought out his nearest ice rink. At the end of his senior year of high school, Gatson was led to the Great Falls Americans by one of his long-time friends, Lucas Lomax.
Gatson is no rookie when it comes to the Americans program, having played the past three seasons under Coach Heimel. Erik was part of the drastic change in the Americans program which eventually led to a NA3HL Frontier Division Title during the 2014-15 season.
Erik most recently served as an assistant coach with the Americans for the last two seasons. He now resides in Phoenix Arizona where he will be working to obtain his college degree.
Northwest Regional Scout
Dalton Garton will be entering his first season as a scout for the Great Falls Americans. A former assistant coach for the Great Falls Americans, Garton will be responsible for the Pacific Northwest Region as well as Montana and Wyoming. He resides in Bozeman, MT where he is attending school.
Eastern Regional Scout
Mike Walsh will be entering his 3rd Season with the Great Falls Americans.
A former assistant coach with the Americans, Mike grew up playing the game of hockey and is now transitioning that into a scouting career. Mike grew up in Chicago, Illinois playing hockey for Team Illinois AAA Hockey Team. From there he spent three seasons with the Chicago Steel in the United States Hockey League where he was the captain for two seasons.
After a successful junior hockey career, Mike moved on to playing Division I at the United States Air Force Academy. While at the Academy, Mike was a pivotal member of two AHA conference championship teams making the NCAA tournament multiple times.
Now serving in the United States Air Force, He is stationed in Boston, MA.
Rocky Mountain Regional Scout
Blake Page will be entering his 6th season with the Great Falls Americans.
A former assistant coach with the Americans, Blake has grown up around the game of hockey Originally from Southern California, Blake began his career in roller hockey making the change to ice hockey at age 12. From there he played midget major AAA in Colorado followed by a season with the Helena Bighorns in the NAHL and one more year of juniors in the EJHL with the Bay State Breakers.
After a successful junior career Blake moved on to the Division 1 level with the Air Force Academy getting the opportunity to play the sport he loved while serving his country. It was at the Academy where Blake was a part of 3 AHA conference championship teams making the NCAA tournament all but one year of his college career. He left the Academy a part of the most winning class in school history defeating multiple top 20 schools such as Yale, Michigan, CC, Denver and so on.
Now stationed in Cheyenne Wyoming at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Blake resides with his wife Sarah and two children in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Mid-America Regional Scout
Josh Frider will be entering his fifth full season with the Great Falls Americans.
A former assistant coach for the Americans, Josh grew up in Minnesota playing hockey since he was 5 years old. He led his high school hockey team in scoring as a senior before moving on to play two years of junior hockey in the NAHL. During juniors, he was recruited to play at the Air Force Academy.
At the Division 1 level, Josh won a regular season championship and three conference tournament championships, advancing to the NCAA tournament his last three years. As a senior, he helped defeat the University of Michigan before falling in double overtime to the University of Vermont to go to the Frozen Four. Additionally, Josh was line-mates with two Hobey Baker Award Finalists and set the record for most games played at Air Force.
Josh has since joined the private section and moved to Ohio where he resides with his Wife Katie. They are expecting twin boys this year.