Toledo Walleye Announce Support Staff

Posted Jul 28th, 2009 by Jason Griffin  Category: Sports, Toledo.com


TOLEDO, OH) – The Toledo Walleye are pleased to announce that they have hired a supporting staff for Head Coach Nick Vitucci for the 2009-10 campaign.

Joining Vitucci will be Dan Watson (Assistant Coach), Craig Furstenau (Assistant Coach), Dave Aleo (Equipment Manager), and Brad Fredrick (Athletic Trainer).

Walleye Head Coach, Nick Vitucci said, “I am thrilled to have the chance to work with Dan, Dave and Brad again and welcome Craig to the professional ranks. Dan is a true professional both on and off the ice and will work hard with all of our players. We would be hard pressed to find an equipment manager as good as Dave Aleo anywhere in professional hockey. Having Brad back puts us in a position where our players will be getting the best of care throughout the season. To be able to work with people that I know and trust will only enhance the experience of our players. Craig has great experience and we look forward to working with him this year.”

Dan Watson (Assistant Coach)
Watson (30) is a native of Glencoe, Ontario and most recently worked at Puckmasters in Cleveland, OH as Head Coach. Watson played three seasons with the Sarnia Sting (OHL) and appeared in 202 consecutive games. He was named the 1998-99 Scholastic Player of the Year at Sarnia and the 1999-00 Defensive Player of the Year (Sarnia). Watson also played in the 1998-99 OHL All-Star Game.

Watson signed as free agent with the Columbus Blue Jackets (May of 2000) and played seven professional seasons in the AHL, UHL, and ECHL. His career statistics include 447 games played, 23 goals, 66 assists, and 394 penalty minutes. Watson was named the 2004-05 Defensive Player of the Year (Long Beach Ice Dogs, ECHL) and was Captain in Long Beach for the 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons.

Craig Furstenau (Assistant Coach)
Furstenau (31) played for Oakland University as team captain until 2001. He joined the Oakland coaching staff as an assistant in 2002 and then was named Head Coach of the Grizzlies halfway through the 2002-2003 season.

In three years at Oakland, his team went 77-15-6. He won two regular season titles, two playoff titles, one national title, and one national runner up. He currently has multiple school records for wins in a season (30), wins in a row (20), games without a loss (23), best single season record (30-3-3) and overall best win percentage (.875). In 2004, he was Central Region coach of the Year and a Team USA coaching candidate for the World University games.

He left Oakland University to join the Little Caesars organization where he coached from 2006-09. In the three years under his leadership, Little Caesars won eight tournaments, were back-to-back-to-back state finalists (winning two of the three), a national quarter finalists, and national champions at the Midget level in 2008.

Dave Aleo (Equipment Manager)
Aleo (44) spent three seasons as Equipment Manager with the Toledo Storm (2003-2006), before joining the Hamilton Bulldogs of the AHL (2006-2008). Dave started as an Assistant Equipment Manager with the Toronto Maple Leafs of the NHL (1994-2001) and also the New York Islanders (2001).

Was a member of the Hamilton Bulldogs team that won the 2007 Calder Cup Championship. Was selected to work the 2008 AHL All-Star Game and the 2000 NHL All-Star Game. Also participated in the World Under-18 Championship as Equipment Manager for Team Canada that went on to win the Gold Medal.

Brad Fredrick (Athletic Trainer)
Fredrick (37) begins his first season with the Toledo Walleye after serving the same role with the Toledo Storm for three seasons. Brad handles the daily treatment and evaluation of all Toledo Walleye players. He also manages player injury rehabilitation and workouts.

Prior to joining the Toledo Storm, the Bowling Green State University graduate spent nine years covering high school athletics through Sports Care in the Toledo area. Brad graduated from Bowling Green State University in 1995 with a degree in athletic training.

The Toledo Walleye will begin the regular season on Friday, October 16 at 7:00 PM vs. the Florida Everblades at the Lucas County Multi-Purpose Arena. Season tickets and mini-plan packages are on sale now and group outings are being reserved. Fans can call (419) 725-WALL for more information.

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