BJ O'Brien Southwest DirectorBJ O'Brien

Southwest Director

BJ grew up playing youth hockey in Lakeville, MN. He participated in back to back Minnesota State High School Tournaments in 2003 and 2004, where he set school records, state records, and made the All-State Tournament Team in 2004. After Graduating from High School in 2004, BJ was drafted by the Indiana Ice in the USHL. He played one season there, followed by the next season with the Fargo/Moorhead Jets. After having a stellar season with the Jets, BJ committed to St. Cloud State University.

After playing two seasons for St. Cloud State BJ transferred to St. Norbert College where he had many achievements: was NCHA 1st team all-conference award winner in 2010, and 2011, was named conference Player of the Year 2011, was a 2 time All-American in 2010, and 2011, is the only back-to-back MVP of the Frozen Four in 2010 and 2011, won the triple crown award for goalies in 2011 (best save percentage, best goals against average, and best win percentage), was nominated Player of the Year by USCHO in 2011, and won a National Championship in 2011.

BJ graduated from St. Norbert College in 2011 with a double major in Business Management and Economics. After graduation, BJ signed a pro contract in the CHL and played three years in the minors in the SPHL, CHL, ECHL, and AHL before retiring in 2014. BJ earned Player of the Week Awards in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014.

Along with BJ’s playing experience he brings a wealth of coaching experience to the MEGA Goaltending staff.

BJ has coached and worked with many goaltenders over the past 9 years helping them learn and improve their skills so that they can be the best goalies possible. He strives to help teach and pass on his knowledge to other goalies and working with them and their skills to help them be the best that they can be. The key here is teaching them what options they have and allowing the goalie to decide what style works best for them and then applying it to their game. BJ has encountered many challenges throughout his playing career, but his passion and love for the game as helped him overcome adversity and continue to be successful. Here he is able to apply this to his coaching to help get the most out of his goalies and to push them to their limits. BJ is very competitive and knows what it takes to excel at all levels. So when working with goalies of all ages he knows how to work with them to make them they best goalie they can be.

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Kent Patterson-West DirectorKent Patterson

West Director

Kent Patterson has been playing goalie for over two decades. Drafted #113 in the 4th round of the 2007 draft by the Colorado Avalanche. He grew up playing in the Armstrong Youth Hockey Association. Aside from association he also played with the 1989 Minnesota Blades. After one year of Bantams he went to play for The Blake School where he started both his Freshman and Sophomore season. During which he won the State Consolation Championship his Sophomore Season. Following his first two years of high school hockey he left home to go play for the Cedar Rapids Roughriders in the USHL. His Rookie year he was named to the USHL All-Rookie team.

After Juniors Kent went on to play at the University of Minnesota for the Golden Gophers from 2008 to 2012. During his 2010-2011 season he was name All-WCHA Second team, voted my teammates as the John Mariucci MVP, the Dr. V. George Nagobads Unsung Hero and the Tom Mohr Playoff MVP. In his Senior season, 2011-2012, he was named to the AHCA West Second-Team All-American, All-WCHA First Team and won the WCHA Goaltending Champion title, broke the school record for shut-outs in a season with 7 (previously held by Robb Stauber, 1988), and won the MacNaughton Cup with fellow teammates. Kent was also named to the WCHA All Academic team all four years and graduated with a BS in BME.

In 2012, following his senior year, Kent signed a two year entry level contract with the Colorado Avalanche. He spent the majority of his first two years playing for Colorado’s second affiliate the Denver Cutthroats. In his AHL debut he recorded a shutout but lost in a shootout. In his second year with the Denver Cutthroats he lead the team to Ray Miron Presidents Cup. After his two years contract Kent signed with the Orlando Solar Bears in the ECHL where he was later traded to the Gwinnett Gladiators. The next year he had re-signed with the Atlanta Gladiators where he remained for the entire season.

Kent is currently playing for the Rapid City Rush in the ECHL. When he is not training with MEGA in the off-season, he is sharing his experience and knowledge as a MEGA certified instructor. He provides his vast perspectives of coaching from numerous coaches he’s had both at the collegiate and professional level. With his resume, he knows what it takes to get to the next level for aspiring goaltenders. So when working with goalies of all ages he can share his experience and knowledge to help coach all goalies to be the best they can be.

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Michael Hughes

Lead Instructor

Michael grew up in Oakdale. Minnesota and played his youth hockey for Tartan Area Youth Hockey Association. He then played for Tartan High School where he won All-Conference his junior season. His senior year Michael was selected to play in the Upper Midwest High School Elite League for Team Southeast. For the high school season Michael served as a team captain. Following his graduation Michael worked in the summer with goalies for Tartan High School in their Summer Development Program.

After graduating from Tartan in 2016 Michael played one season in the NA3HL splitting time with the Great Falls Americans and the Alexandria Blizzard during the 2016-2017. Michael committed to the University of Wisconsin- River Falls where he played the next three seasons and graduated with a degree in Business Administration. During his time at River Falls Michael also was the Head Coach for a U16 fall team for the Minnesota Magicians and worked with goalies locally in River Falls.

Michael has worked for MEGA part-time since his freshman year of college and has now joined the full-time staff. He is excited to continue to share his experiences gained as both a player and coach while developing athletes.

Jacob Ricke

Coming Soon

Brandon Jones

Brandon grew up playing youth hockey in Spring Lake Park, MN. He went on to play for Spring Lake Park High School and graduated from there in 2012. While at Spring Lake Park he was a four-time letter winner in hockey while being All-Conference for two of those seasons.

After high school Jones was recruited by Augsburg College to play golf and ended up walking on to the hockey team during his Sophomore year. He was a three-year letter winner for the Augsburg Hockey team. Along with being a member of the hockey team he was also a four-year letter winner for the Augsburg Golf team while being All-Conference for two of those seasons and was All-Region during his senior season. Jones graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science.

Jones has been apart of the MEGA Coaching staff for five years now and has gained tons of coaching experience while being with MEGA. Along with being an on-ice coach Jones helps out in the training center for the off-ice training as well.

With Jones’ experience in lots of different sports he brings an athletic side and staying true to your game kind of playing style to the MEGA staff.

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Cory Simons

Coming Soon

Certified Part-Time Lead Instructors

Ryan Coyne, Maple Grove HS Goalie Coach
Claire Behlkom, Bethel University
Jude Hull, St. Olaf
Tyler Nelson, Champlin HS Goalie Coach
David Zevnik, St. Cloud State University
Brian Leitza, St. Cloud State University
Emma May, University of Minnesota
Josh Benson, Sacred Heart University
Sam Mattson, UW Eau Claire

Dean Bucholz, UW- River Falls
Adam Wilcox, Rochester Americans
Matthew Powell, New Ulm Steel
Brent Buhl, Farmington High School Goalie Coach
Sawyer Marshall, Twin City Steel
Jake Levinski, St. John's Johnnies
Packy Munson, Nottingham Panthers
Ally Frantzick, College of St. Ben’s
Manny Hertl-Bauman, Hudson Havoc