Matt Johnson - Business Manager
This is Matt's third year with the Blizzard and second as the Business Manager. He has a long sports history that includes college basketball and baseball. Matt graduated with a Master's Degree in Sport Management from Minnesota State University- Mankato. Matt's wife Erin is the Assistant Volleyball coach for the Alexandria Cardinals and their 3 boys (Trey 6, Jase 3, and Reid 1) are always tagging right behind. The entire Johnson family is heavily involved in many sports around the area and are always willing to help at community events.
Sandy Bessingpas - Housing Coordinator
Sandy has been associated with the Blizzard since 2010 when she hosted her first player and was introduced to the sport of hockey. Since that winter, she has been a host “Mom” to 12 different hockey players and 6 different baseball players. When she is not at a hockey or baseball game she can be found sewing a quilt or pulling weeds in her garden. Sandy is a key resource for the logistics of one of our most important parts of the players year with the Blizzard. Please contact Sandy if you want to 'House' a Blizzard player or just have questions about it.
Chris enters his first year as a scout with the Alexandria Blizzard. A native of Duluth, Minnesota, Chris is a brilliant offensive talent experienced in every level of hockey. While playing at Duluth East, Chris played on a trio of consecutive top-3 MN State Tournmament finishers, including the 1995 championship team, All State First Team selection in 1996, 3-time All Tournament Team member, MN Mr. Hockey finalist in 96' and ranks second in Duluth East history with 256 points in 87 games which is also 9th in Minnesota state history. Following his years at Duluth East Chris went on to play 3 years at the University of Minnesota, 1 year at Wisconsin River-Falls along with 15 games at the professional level before retiring in 2002.
Proceeding his years as a player Chris decided to go back to his roots in Duluth, MN. Chris is heavily involved with youth hockey as the 2010-11 Bantam A coach and also on an adminitrative level. Chris works year-round with hockey players of all ages via Locker19Hockey Camps and Minnesota Hockey Camps. Chris currently resides in Duluth, MN.